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Wondering why Valentines Day and Pet Theft Awareness Day fall on the same day ! (February 13, 2018)

Layla



Happy Valentines Day !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This week has been a busy week with helping Paws for Water get the word out and will be posting an update next week as to what is going on. i do know they are very busy working late into the night making sure the water is distributed fairly, my hats off to these angels, thank you.

Well according to Layla love is in the air and she has been showing me extra love the past couple of nights by waking me up at 4 in the morning licking me and then going under the blankets. Not sure if I am loving it or not as she goes back to sleep and I lie awake there, she is a funny lil one and would not change it.

Below is a slideshow she did a couple of years ago and thought I would share it again

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What are your plans for Valentines Day, are you doing something special for your pets ?

The other important day on February 14th is Pet Theft Awareness Day. (This I think is one of my biggest fears)




This was launched in 1988 by the Last Chance for Animals Organization. The aim was to educate pet owners in keeping their pets safe from thieves. There are almost 2 million pets stolen annually in the USA and the threat is always looming.

That is why the most important way to keep your pet safe is to have him/her microchipped. The plus with the chip is that you can upload a photo of your dog so it will be easier to identify God forbid it gets lost.

Another important way to keep him/her safe is with a identification tag with all the updated details. Layla wears one from PetHub which I love as it has a barcode on it and can be scanned with your phone and her profile will pop up with all details plus they contact me when it is scanned too.

How to prevent theft :

01. Make sure your backyard is secure and your dog cannot escape especially if they are diggers. Keep padlocks on the gates and make it difficult for anyone to get into the backyard with fencing, padlocks, etc.
02. Be careful when leaving your pets alone outside if you are not home
03. Keep an eye on your dog if he is playing in the front year by himself especially if your yard is visible from the street, as he/she could be a target for theft.
04. Do not ignore your dog's barking for no reason, check it out.
05. When going for a walk with your dog always make sure he/she is on a leash as anything can happen to an off leash dog including being injured by a car.
06. Never ever tie your dog outside a store - that is looking for trouble and very easy for any stranger to walk up to your dog and walk off or drive off with him/her.
07. Be cautious around suspicious strangers, if they seem unusually interested in your dog just walk away as fast as possible.
08. If you are in a dog park make sure your dog is in sight all the time plus do not let a stranger tempt your dog with a treat.

Tips if your dog has been stolen (my biggest fear)

01. If you think your dog has been stolen immediately call local animal welfare agencies, animal control and the police and give them as much identifying details including microchip information.

02. Consider offering a reward plus put their photo up everywhere from dog parks, groomers, pet stores, online and here I have noticed that there are actually FB groups for your area for missing pets which really helps too.

03. Lock your dog away if you have workers working on your house as it will be safer plus more relaxing for you in the sense you can focus on the workers and not worry about your pet.

Why do people steal dogs ?

There are many reasons but when it comes to pure bred dogs they will want to sell them on line to make money and the worse scenario of all which includes Mutts like Layla is to use them for experiments or as bait dogs.

Layla and I are reminding everyone to make sure all your details are updated on their microchips and ID tags plus keep a file on your computer with one or two good photos of your pets for emergencies and easy access if you need to send them out because your pet went missing.

Once again, may Valentines Day be a loving one with cuddles, hugs, treats and love and please keep your fur kids safe.

Woof with love from Layla


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(February 18, 2018)

Karly

Thanks for sharing! Theft is one of my biggest fears too. My pup escaped from the garden recently and was missing for 6 hours! Luckily a kind man with 4 dogs down the road found her and posted she was lost on Facebook. She was happy enough playing with all of his dogs! We were in a state looking for her. Thank god there are some nice people in this world.

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(February 15, 2018)

Cathy Armato

This is such a great post, thanks for these tips on preventing pet theft and what to do if a pet has been stolen. I don't know what kind of evil minds steal a beloved pet, it's so evil.
Love & Biscuits,
Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

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(February 16, 2018)

Layla

Thanks Cathy and such a good reminder also - it makes me sick that people steal pets and it is my biggest fear

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(February 15, 2018)

Saidah Washington

I still can’t believe people steal pets. You have to be a selfish person to do something like that. I guess thieves will steal anything.

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(February 16, 2018)

Layla

Saidah it is so sad there are people out there that have no respect for those they steal from especially when it comes to pets

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(February 14, 2018)

Sweet Purrfections

When I looked at the calendar today, I couldn't believe that Pet Theft Awareness Day was the same day as Valentine's Day. It's such an important thing for people to be aware of and it seems it should be on a different date so people would pay more attention to it. My vet told me that if my girls ever got outside, that I probably wouldn't see them again because they'd be stolen.

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(February 14, 2018)

Sandy Kubillus

I too wondered why pet theft awareness day was on Valentine's Day. I didn't know about the barcode dog tag - great idea! I am always shocked at how many dogs don't have ID tags. When I find a loose dog, I'm much more inclined to help it if it has an ID tag.

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(February 14, 2018)

Beth

Happy Valentine's Day! I hope that this will help people make sure they keep their pets safe from theft. I saw somewhere that if every vet would scan dogs on the first visit, it would help cut down on the number of missing pets. I also think that if more people were more cautious about buying animals, that it wouldn't be so profitable resulting in less pet theft.

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(February 14, 2018)

Irene McHugh

I love your information about PetHub. Thank you for sharing that tip. I’ll be looking into those tags. I like the easy scanning feature, especially how you can see when someone else scans the tag.

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(February 14, 2018)

Layla

Irene I love their tags, you buy them, register them and that is all. Layla has one on everyone of her harnesses

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(February 14, 2018)

Alicia

I have all 5 of my cats chipped. They are indoor only, but you never know. They have escaped before and no fence will keep them in. I always worry about them being captured for bait in dog fights. It's horrible to think so many monsters are in this world.

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(February 14, 2018)

Layla

Alicia, awesome that they are microchipped, rather be safe than sorry. My biggest fear is those monsters out there that have no respect for animals

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(February 14, 2018)

Tracie

Such a great day it is! Although I don't have a pet this is great for those that do. I see a lot of posts on Facebook about peoples pets being stolen!

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(February 14, 2018)

Layla

Thank you and yes there are so many posts about missing pets and keeping them safe is just common sense so it is so sad

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(February 14, 2018)

Dash Kitten

Nightmare! I can think of nothing worse that losing a pet and through THEFT?!?!?!?! Horrible. It's bad enough losing a cat to illness or accident but theft?

You realise how important it is to microchip your pet, supervise them at all times and keep them close.

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(February 14, 2018)

Layla

I so agree with you and it is my biggest fear that is why it is so important to have them microchipped to keep them safe

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(February 14, 2018)

Kamira G.

Aww Layla! I remember those early mornings. I wouldn't change it either Good memories. Yes, I also just discovered Pet Theft Awareness day recently, so sad and ALARMING! These are great tips to help keep our pets safe. Have a nice Valentines Day with your sweetie!

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(February 14, 2018)

Layla

Kamira I would not change those mornings either. Yes it is frightening Pet Theft Awareness Day but its a wake up to remind us to make sure everything is updated to keep our pets safe

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(February 14, 2018)

Amy Shojai, CABC

Interesting that the day of love falls on the same day as a cautionary "pet theft prevention" day. I guess some folks love 'em too much and steal--and doG knows, we want to protect our furry loves!

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(February 14, 2018)

Layla

I also wonder why it falls on the same day as Valentines Day but whatever day it is I say it is a reminder to make sure our pets information is up to date so that they are safe from those monsters

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(February 14, 2018)

Nichole

We hope you and Layla have a great Valentine's Day. Celebrate in style with yummy treats!

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(February 14, 2018)

Layla

Thanks

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(February 14, 2018)

Debbie

It's scary to think that there are evil people in this world napping people's pets. That being said, it's really not something that worries me. I never let my dogs out of my sight, I would never leave them in my yard when I was't home, nor would I tie them up somewhere. In my honest opinion, unless someone breaks into your house, no responsible dog owner should be all that worried about pet theft. Responsible ownership is a perfect preventative.

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(February 14, 2018)

Layla

Debbie it is horrific when you see how many pets are missing and I do 90 percent of the time blame the owners as it is our responsibility to keep them safe from dognappers and other horrors.

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(February 14, 2018)

Heather @ Kraus House Mom

Our Lab would knock down the fence and escape to the neighbor's house all the time. She would open our front door and let her back in. She had a chip in case she went farther.

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(February 14, 2018)

Layla

Heather thank goodness she is safe cos the dognapping is on the rise and it is really scary

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(February 14, 2018)

Sonja of Montecristo Travels

Sadly Mom has the flu so I think things will be pretty mellow for Valentines day this year. That's ok. More lap time for me!

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(February 14, 2018)

Layla

Sonja am sorry you are not well and hope you feel better soon

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(February 14, 2018)

Joely Smith

Such great tips! I love the one about not ignoring barking! Of course dogs will bark. Mine bark to no end when outside lol. Yet, I am always on the watch when they are out. Even if I am not out with them I am RIGHT by the door!

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(February 14, 2018)

Layla

Joely I so agree with you, barkers or not, its always important to check why they barking, rather be safe than sorry

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(February 15, 2018)

paroma Chakravarty

We didn't do anything special with Babu, but I am very scared of someone stealing him.So we never keep him tied outside if we go for groceries or restaurants. We always find dog friendly businesses where he can join us.

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(February 16, 2018)

Layla

Paroma it is frightening and I do the same I leave Layla at home if I cannot take her as I will not tie her outside anywhere although we are lucky to live in San Francisco

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(February 17, 2018)

Sherri

I never thought much about my dog getting stolen until I learned about stealing dogs to train dog fighting dogs and I was horrified - I don't tie him up outside stores but otherwise he's pretty hard to catch. But I do watch. I never thought about people taking excessive interest in him.

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Without Water how will the animals survive ? (February 6, 2018)

Layla



Happy Wednesday all,

Wednesday has arrived and we have so much to shout out about today which makes me happy sad. So where do we start.

Sharing is caring and we want to share about an amazing organization, WaterforPaws that is helping all the Rescue Organizations in Cape Town South Africa with Water.

Many of you by now are aware of the water crisis in Cape Town South Africa. This is very dear to my heart as I was born there and my family are still there. It is a very serious situation and something we can all learn from as it could happen to us also.

With Day Zero approaching as they all are calling it and the taps will be turned off, they were wondering what would happen to the Animal Rescue Centers and the individual Animal Rescue Angels, how would the furbabies survive without water. So on the 19th of January WaterforPaws was born in Cape Town South Africa to collect money or donations of water to be shipped from Johannesburg to Cape Town. They started reaching out to everyone, set up their Facebook page and overnight the ball was rolling including their website.

As we are in the USA and cannot donate bottles or containers of water I am reaching out to everyone for cash donation to help them with transport and shipping costs, to get the water where it’s needed. Every dollar counts and whatever one can afford to help them get water to the Rescue Organizations.

Below is the link to their website where you can find the donation button for paypal. Please be aware that PayPal does not support the South African Rand (ZAR/R) as a payment currency and payments are made in United States Dollars (USD/$), but is converted to ZAR afterwards. If you would like to donate R50, please input $4 and not $50. If you would like to donate R100, please input $8 and not $100.

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Now I am sure some of you would like to know what will happen to whatever money is not used and I asked the same question so that we would all know in advance.

This was the reply I received : To start with the dams will require it to rain 'cats & dogs' for '40 days & 40 nights' plus more & more for the dams to fill up again. The drought has been a few years long & each winter - our normal rainy season - we have had less & less rain - hence dams not been filled up properly for a number of years. There is no positive prediction that this trend will suddenly change. So even with a good blast of rain the water restrictions will remain in place for a good year or 3 to come. (already been 3 years of water restrictions here with incremental tighter rules every few months - which we so wish EVERYONE had adhered too at each time but so many didn't). WATER for PAWS needs to receive water but we need 'cash as well as splash' so we can get the shelters into a Water Wise Sustainable position going forward too. We will not just be 'shutting up shop' if it rains. We need to buy / be sponsored / get donated:- Water Storage tanks, guttering & piping so no rain water is EVER lost again, boreholes/well points sunk where viable & even filtration systems too. Drinking water is essential but hygiene is too. Cleaning kennels, dog runs, catteries etc at shelters takes a lot of water. Plus there's laundry to be done & staff do need to use the bathroom. Flea & tick bathes for dogs - many shelters offer this to the informal settlements in their area as a Free Service to bring their dogs in for a bath. This in turn helps these people keep sickness & disease at bay in their communities which in turn helps the shelters financially as where do these people bring their animals when sick - to the shelter. There is NO need for all this water to be coming from a municipal tap! So by us getting them set up 'Water Wise' it will be saving so much money for the shelters thus freeing up the individual shelters hard raised funds to be better used for with vet bills, Spay & Neuter drives & so on

So as a Gotcha gift for Layla who has been blessed with 6 years with me I am asking everyone to help the Cape Town Rescues and Shelters by donating whatever you can afford. Remember every penny counts. Thank you

As you know summer is around the corner which means adventure times for Mom and Me. Mom is getting older BOL and so am I so we have been looking for ways to make things easier when I am taken on public transport. You see I love being able to sit on a seat on the bus or train but cannot always do it. So Mom decided to look into different carry on's for me and we found this amazing backpack.



Why is it amazing because of the following :

1. Layla can sit, stand or ever lie down in it.
2. It has a mesh opening on the top so she can stick her head out and it also has an adjustable security leash inside.
3. It is versatile so you can use it as a back pack, on your chest or across one shoulder. You can also slip it over the handle of a luggage trolley.
4. It is sturdy but lightweight
5. And for me the best of all is that you can fold it flat and store it in the carry bag so it does not take up space in your closet
6. The small fits under the seat of a plane if you want to take your pet flying with you.

I am so in love with this back pack and Layla was so happy to sit in it and model for us which really made me realize this is the perfect match for her. To find out more about them you can go to their website to see their amazing products.

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I received one for Layla for doing this shout out and am so excited over it as our adventures will be easier this summer.

And last but not least before I go back to my morning shnooze we need to remind everyone that February is Pet Dental Month - oy vey ewwww I hate having my teeth cleaned BOL - so we want to shout out to Tropiclean for helping me keep my pearly white teeth with your awesome products, you are the best.

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Phew, this is a long blog but an important one as I am lucky to have a clean bowl of water everyday, what a luxury that has become for all my Cape Town fur friends.

Off to my box now to shnooze, thank you all for reading my blog, the good and the sad, have a wonderful week with love from Layla

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(February 14, 2018)

Joelle

Thanks for the tips! While I’m not concerned about anyone stealing my dogs (they’re both 70+ lbs and have big dog barks for strangers), I am worried about someone hurting them sometimes because they are noisy.

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(February 12, 2018)

Talent Hounds

So awful to hear about the water crisis. I did hear they got some rain late last week that will delay the complete shut down until May now but still hard to imagine. They need lots more and this kind of support. That carrier sounds cool.

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(February 12, 2018)

Cathy Armato

I was actually not aware there's a water crisis in S. Africa! How awful. Thanks for sharing this. I shared on social.
Love & biscuits,
Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

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(February 12, 2018)

Dolly the Doxie

Thanks so much for bringing attention to the drought in South Africa. It's getting so little press in the US. Did you see Budweiser's ad where they switch from canning beer to water? I wonder if they are helping. Also Matt Damon is very involved in water causes for Africa I wonder if he is helping. Sandra and Dolly

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(February 12, 2018)

Sadie

Thank you for pointing out how homeless pets, and pets in general will be affected by the water shortage. I will contribute and share information about Water for Paws!

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(February 12, 2018)

Robin

Living in Michigan, it is so hard to imagine what it would be like to not be surrounded by fresh water all of the time (not that it is always drinkable). We're often flooded by it. It has to be so difficult living in water-deprived areas of the world. Raising funds for the animals rescues in those areas is a great idea.
-Purrs from your friends at www.PlayfulKitty.net

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(February 11, 2018)

Jana Rade

While not typically thought of as such, water is the most important nutrient. Without water, there is no life.

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(February 12, 2018)

Layla

Jada so true and this is such a wake up call for all of us

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(February 11, 2018)

Debbie

What a wonderful organization! I didn't even think of all the cleaning and flea baths and everything else that these rescues and shelters will need water for. I hope they find a long term solution to these problems and that the rain barrels and gutter systems, etc that they are putting in are enough to get these pets through the drought. Thanks for sharing this amazing effort to help those that cannot help themselves!

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(February 12, 2018)

Layla

Debbie so true without water we are at a loss. Thank you for reading about their plight

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(February 10, 2018)

Monika

We are taking water for granted while people and animals are suffering because of the lack of water. Thank you for informing us about this problem in Africa. I hope the rain will come soon :(

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(February 10, 2018)

Layla

Monika not many know as it has not been shared in the Media unfortunately but yes from this I think we all can learn a lot also

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(February 10, 2018)

Kamira G.

Wow I feel bad I had no idea about the water crisis in Cape Town! Thanks for educating us about it. I will definitely share with others too. Layla looks very comfy in her travel backpack!

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(February 10, 2018)

Layla

Kamira thank you for sharing as it helps a lot. I love that backpack for her and she loves it also

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(February 10, 2018)

Michelle

You are so right, without water where are we. I heard of the water restriction in Cape Town, it seems unreal, we all, whatever country we are in, need to learn to conserve and use water wisely.

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(February 10, 2018)

Layla

Michelle it is a lesson we should all learn and that is not to take water for granted

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(February 9, 2018)

Val Silver

I had no idea S. Africa was having this kind of water shortage. We have so much to be grateful for here in the U.S. Thanks for bringing this to our awareness.

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(February 9, 2018)

Layla

Val it awful and there has been so little on the news about it unfortunataly and it could be a big wake up call for all of us.

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(February 8, 2018)

Irene McHugh

If I didn't listen to NPR in the mornings, I don't think I would have known about the drought in Cape Town until now. I need to talk to Matthew about donating. I know South Africa holds a special place in his heart after he visited years ago, so he'll want us to contribute. Thank you for the link!

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(February 8, 2018)

Layla

Irene thank you and yes the situation is really bad and I very seldom ask for donations for a cause but this is important

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(February 8, 2018)

Sweet Purrfections

This is so sad. Sometimes we forget how lucky we are with the amount of natural resources, such as water, available to us.

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(February 8, 2018)

Layla

So true plus we must learn to treasure and save our resources as it could happen anywhere

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(February 8, 2018)

Tracie

I will discuss with my husband so that we can make a donation. I had no idea this was going on. Thank you for this information.

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(February 8, 2018)

layla

Thank you Tracie

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(February 8, 2018)

Beth

Layla looks so proud in her new backpack. I can see why you both like it so much.

Thanks for the information so we can do something instead of just hoping that the water situation changes.

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(February 8, 2018)

layla

Beth it is the first one that she actually is really happy to hop into :) And yes sometimes we have to reach out for help so that the voiceless animals do get the help they need

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(February 8, 2018)

Kitty Cat Chronicles

I hadn't heard about the water crisis in South Africa! That is so horrible. Thank you for raising awareness and helping this organization raise funds to get water to the animals. That is amazing thing they are doing.

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(February 8, 2018)

layla

Unfortunately there has been very little on the news in the USA about it and that is why we have to speak out to help the animals

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(February 7, 2018)

Jill

What a great thing being done to help the animals! I am aware of the situation and was wondering if more was being done to help and am so glad there is! Praying they find some relief!

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(February 7, 2018)

Layla

They are doing an amazing job and I was so relieved that the rescues had not been forgotten

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(February 7, 2018)

Joely Smith

Layla makes a perfect model for the backpack! She is so gorgeous! They will be flying off the shelves! It is so sad that pets are not getting the water they need! We often think of the people which is good but we have to remember that pets are entirely helpless! They need OUR HELP! I hope everyone will donate! It's just a small amount to us here in the U.S.
Thank you for spreading the awareness!

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(February 7, 2018)

Layla

Joely she looks adorable in the backpack and loves it. It is the best one I have seen on the market and so happy to be spreading the word about it.

I needed to spread the awareness about the water as we can all also learn from this and not waste. I agree it is not a lot and am praying everyone will chip in

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(February 7, 2018)

Cherri Megasko

What a great thing you're doing here! Water is such a precious resource and we in the US take it for granted every single day!

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(February 7, 2018)

Layla

Cherri, we do take water for granted and that is why this is a wake up call and they are doing wonders helping the rescues

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(February 7, 2018)

Lola The Rescued Cat

The water problem is frightening and so sad. We will share the link as well. Thanks for sharing the info with us.

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(February 7, 2018)

Layla

Lola it is very sad and thank you for sharing

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(February 7, 2018)

Michelle & The Paw Pack

What an awesome cause. Here in the US having access to clean water is something that I think most people take for granted. Thank you for helping to support less fortunate furry friends!

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(February 7, 2018)

Layla

Michelle I so agree with you, we take water for granted and this is a wake up call for us also, thank goodness there are those like this PawsforWater that are helping all the rescues

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(February 6, 2018)

The Dash Kitten Crew

Holy smoke! They are seriously loon water. we will see what we can do!

We LOVE Layla's travel backpack, TOTALLY ingenious ad she obviously loves it to bits!!!

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(February 7, 2018)

Sonja of Montecristo Travels

I will share the link for Waterforpaws with everyone I know. this is serious.

Also ... cool backpack. Hands free is always good.

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(February 7, 2018)

Layla

Sonja thank you for sharing the link we really appreciate it. and yes hands free is the best and you with all your travels you should look into one for your lil one as what is fantastic is that you can pack it flat in a suitcase

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(February 7, 2018)

Layla

Thanks Marjorie and it is frightening to think you wake up switch on the tap and no water comes out and you not sure when it will happen.

The backpack is awesome I just love it

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(February 7, 2018)

Wendy

You are very kind hearted to advocate for such a wonderful cause! I have two medium to large dogs but this backpack looks awesome for smaller pets. Clean water is vital for all living things! Great work being done here thank you!

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(February 8, 2018)

Layla

Wendy thank you and if we can all spread the awareness of the water crisis it will help so much

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(February 7, 2018)

Seville at Nerissa's Life

Water is essential for everyone: peeps, cats, doggies... EVERYONE! I can't even imagine the difficulties they're facin'. It's so scary. Makes me realize how blessed I am to be livin' here in Canada, for sure. PURRS.

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(February 7, 2018)

Layla

Seville yes we are blessed at the moment but we must remember to save and look after water too as anything could happen

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(February 10, 2018)

Brian Frum

That is such a scary and sad situation, thanks for bringing it to everyones attention. We did see a news story on it so hopefully word is getting out and a good response will be there. Thanks for joining the Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!

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(February 12, 2018)

Layla

Brian it is very frightening and so important that we share the story so that everyone knows and aware that it can happen to us. Thank you for the Thursday Blog hop

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(February 12, 2018)

Chirpy Cats

Thank you for sharing about the water crisis in Cape Town! My whole family is there too and I also support TUFCAT which is a TNR program looking after the community campus cats and other rescues and I’d like to share Water For Paws with them. (If they are not already in contact with them).
When I was visiting last year in January there were level 3 water restrictions in place and now it’s beyond level 6! It’s so hard to believe that the city I grew up in which always had an abundance of water is now in such a prolonged drought.

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Layla's Gotcha Day (January 30, 2018)

Layla



It's Layla's Gotcha Day

It is 31st of January, the day I call Layla's gotcha day as she arrived from the LA shelter on this day home.

January is the month of freedom for both of us, it was the month that I ran and the month that I rescued her. It has been a long journey but I have no regrets and would do it all over again without thinking twice.

Today am going to share our online love affair, how she was rescued and a bit of her background, what I have managed to piece together.

Layla was dumped at the Carlson Shelter on the 18 January 2011 by a family who claimed they could not afford her. The people who dumped her left on their surrender form a name and phone number a potential adopter could call but I have never done that for many reasons but the main one is I would get angry with them.

According to her surrender report she was not housebroken, slept outside, escaped if the gate was left open, hated loud noises and grooming, and many other negatives. There were very few positives about her which is really sad. The shelter did not do an evaluation of her but put her up for adoption almost immediately. Her name I will not mention as for me it is just disgusting plus they called her one name and the shelter called her something else.

I gave her the name Layla which means in Hebrew "night" as she arrived at night.

I at the time had a friend, thank you Mike, in Los Angeles on business and he knew I was looking to adopt so he put me in contact with a friend of his Cindy who is a rescuer and we exchanged emails. I had a deadline to find a dog online and Mike would bring her back to San Francisco. So for 24/7 I looked on all the shelter Facebook pages, Petfinder and PetHarbor till I suddenly saw Layla. It was love at first sight, she was sitting in the cage, a matted mess but I knew she was for me.

I emailed Cindy immediately with all the details and photograph, she called the Shelter to arrange to get her for me. On the Saturday Cindy went there, called me from the shelter to tell me she had a smelly dirty mess on her lap licking her, I heard licking and knew at that moment the rest could be dealt with.

Cindy took her home, bathed her, fed her and kept her overnight. I in the meantime at my place was so excited had run out and bought a new bed and other goodies for her and then sat and waited. On Sunday Mike arrived at about 8 at night with her, she was tired, a mess but I was just so happy to hold her. We took her upstairs (she never knew what stairs were) and ran into the house jumped on the bed and went to sleep. Layla must have slept on and off for nearly 48 hours as she slowly relaxed from all the stress. I soon realized she was not house trained but like everything else worked with her and being a fast learner she was soon doing really well.



I never crated her, I do not believe in crates but did the opposite and that was baby proofed the house and all I can say is the only damage she has ever done is shred a tissue.

It took me time to help Layla over come her fears, one being of men and today I can say she is a different dog, showing that with love and patience you can have an amazing life with a rescued dog, and I will only rescues.

Today it is 31 January 2018, we have been together for 6 years, 6 happy years where she has taught me to laugh and love and most of all relax and have fun. We live close to a dog park which she loves, I adore watching her walk with a waggling white tail as she goes into the park, always happy with a smile, something that is her trademark. She loves jumping on peoples laps if the sitting on a bench, she loves wandering around but never too far as she keeps an eye on me LOL.



This is the reason I am also doing the give away, as she grows older I want to keep her as healthy as possible, from her joints, hips to her eyes, as I could not see my life without her. The give away is open to the USA and Canada and thank you Tropiclean for sponsoring it.



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Layla, you have a blog named after you, you are my inspiration to write weekly, and yes you will get double treats for her gotcha day, Happy gotcha day sweet lil funny bunny, Mom loves you

Love from Mom




PS. We are asking everyone to say a prayer for rain tonight when you put a fresh bowl of water down for your pet. Lets please pray for the THIRSTY RESCUE ANIMALS and all other wild animals that are being hit by this drought in Cape Town, South Africa. Cape Town is experiencing the worst drought in over 100 years. Day Zero is soon approaching and the taps will be turned off. Capetonians will have to queue for water, but what about the rescue organisations and individual rescue angels. How will they be able to provide water for all the thirsty furbabies? Collections of water are being done in other parts of South Africa and being trucked there for the rescues but rain is so badly needed let us all pray for that. Thank you
(Layla's grandmother lives in Cape Town plus other family members so it is worrying for us)

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(February 9, 2018)

Tenacious Little Terrier

Happy belated Gotcha Day! Mr. N doesn't like crates due to being overcrated at his first home but he's not destructive so it worked out.

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(February 9, 2018)

Layla

It is me that does not like the crates especially as she was stuck in a cage in the shelter - thank goodness no damage also phew

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(February 5, 2018)

Basil

Happy Gotcha Day Layla!

Thanks for joining in The Pet Parade!

Best purrs

Basil & Co xox

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(February 5, 2018)

Layla

Thank you Basil and thank you for the Pet Parade

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(February 4, 2018)

Heather

What a fun thing to celebrate! We always celebrated our pups’ birthdays. But as they got older, it was harder to watch them celebrate as their hips caused issues. This sounds like a great option to maintain health.

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(February 5, 2018)

Layla

Heather it is a really great product and so easy to give. I highly recommend it.

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(February 4, 2018)

happygodoodle

Happy Gotcha Day, Layla! Thanks for sharing your back story and a giveaway!

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(February 4, 2018)

Layla

Thank you and have a great weekend

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(February 3, 2018)

Toughcookiemommy

Our pets really do become like members of our family. This is a great giveaway and I love the back story about your pet.

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(February 3, 2018)

Layla

Thank you and I am very blessed to have her part of my life

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(February 2, 2018)

Paula P.

Layla is adorable. We have a crate for our pup but it stays open for him to use at his choice. We use an ex pen built just slightly taller than him to keep him safe if we are out while he is housetraining. We use green lipped mussels currently as his joint supplement. Never too early to start.

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(February 2, 2018)

Layla

Paula I agree with you it is never too early to start and this product is just fantastic

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(February 2, 2018)

Irene McHugh

I'm so happy that you and Layla found each other. Here's to many more years together! We crated Bernie and Lizzie while we were house training them, but we leave them loose if we both go anywhere. We've never had an issue either.

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(February 2, 2018)

Layla

Thank you Irene, I am happy you have never had any issue.

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(February 2, 2018)

Alicia

You have a very cute dog! I grew up with dogs, so I enjoy seeing others' pet posts.

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(February 2, 2018)

Layla

Alicia there is nothing like having a dog in the house

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(February 2, 2018)

Karly Edwards

What a touching story! I'm sure Layla has the best life now and you're an angel for rescuing her. I use Tropiclean for my lovely pooch and would loved to have participated in the giveaway but I'm in the UK. Never mind! Thanks for sharing such a heartwarming story!

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(February 2, 2018)

Layla

Karly that is awesome that you use their Dental products as they are fantastic

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(February 2, 2018)

Joelle

Those days are so special! We call it adoptiversary! I love my rescue dogs and while I can’t save them all, at least two have a warm and loving home.

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(February 2, 2018)

Layla

Joelle there is nothing like Rescue and wish I could have more

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(February 2, 2018)

Carrie | The Lavender Hytta

Happy Gotcha Day! I hope you and Layla have many more years together.

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(February 2, 2018)

Layla

Thank you Carrie and I am really blessed

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(February 1, 2018)

Heather ♥ thedomesticdiva.org

What a sweet story. My dogs are definitely an important part of our family as well.

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(February 2, 2018)

Layla

Heather they are so part of our family and I would not have it any other way

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(February 1, 2018)

Nichole

Happy Gotcha Day sweet Layla. So glad you and your Mom found each other.

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(February 1, 2018)

Layla

Thank you

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(February 1, 2018)

Neely Moldovan

I have a friend who celebrates this with her adopted son and I love the idea for pups too!

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(February 1, 2018)

Layla

I do too Neely as for some of us they are our kids

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(February 1, 2018)

Dolly the Doxie

Honestly I don't see how shelters expect people to adopt pets with photos like Layla's! But you saw through and have a wonderful story and Layla has a wonderful life! I loved Layla's adoption story, happy Gotcha Day sweetie! Dolly and Sandra

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(February 1, 2018)

Layla

I agree with you but with a little grooming and love she transformed into this beautiful girl and I am so blessed to have her. Thank you Dolly and Sandra

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(January 31, 2018)

Kamira G.

Aww Happy Gotcha Day Layla. It was great learning the backstory of how you adopted her. Sounds like you both came into each other's lives was fate! You both saved each other. Beautiful. Thanks for sharing your story.

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(January 31, 2018)

blnsf

Happy Gotcha Day! Layla - a day made in heaven for you both and the rest of us who are lucky enough to be in your lives. Hugs and pets all around. xo

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(February 1, 2018)

Layla

Thanks so much and we love your visits especially as it makes her day xxx

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(January 31, 2018)

Sandy Kubillus

Happy Gottcha Day Layla! What a wonderful transformation you did. I'm surprised you adopted her sight unseen. I don't think I could do that!

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(February 1, 2018)

Layla

Sandy it was a chance I was prepared to take and have no regrets - I am so blessed to have her as part of my life

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(January 31, 2018)

Kathy

Happy Gotcha day you little sweetheart!!! <3

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(January 31, 2018)

layla

Thank you Kathy

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(January 31, 2018)

Layla

Thank you Kamira, I feel the same and I am so blessed to have her in my life

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(January 31, 2018)

Linda

What a wonderful story!!! So glad you two found eachother! Happy Gotcha Day Layla!!

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(January 31, 2018)

Layla

Thank you Linda xx

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(January 31, 2018)

Cheryl

Happy Gotcha Day Layla and Mom

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(January 31, 2018)

Layla

Thank you Cheryl

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(January 31, 2018)

kelly

From sadness to happiness is Layla's story! Layla you had a terrible start in life, one I wish you never had to go through. I'm so happy that you and your mom found one another. Let's look forward to many more happy years together - Happy Gotcha Day Layla!

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(January 31, 2018)

Layla

Thank you Kelly and I am so happy I have been able to give her a good life

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(January 31, 2018)

Debbie

Happy 6 years to you and Layla. I'm so glad that her crappy excuse for a family surrendered her. I hate to think of her alone and scared in the shelter, but it sounds like her home life was even worse. No dog deserves to be ignored and left outside alone and afraid. So glad you found each other. :)

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(January 31, 2018)

Layla

Thank you Debbie, I so agree no animal deserves to live the way she did and I am so happy to have been able to change that

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(January 31, 2018)

Rachel

Happy Gotcha Day, Layla!!! I'm glad that you've had six wonderful years with your mom. My boy Eddie can relate a bit to your story. He also didn't know about stairs when we got him. Hope you get those double treats today!

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(January 31, 2018)

Layla

Thank you Rachel, please send a hug to Eddie from us, Layla will be spoiled today :)

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(January 31, 2018)

Marjorie and the Dash Kitten Crew

Oh my what a happy and loving post. Happy Gotcher Layla!!!

I laughed at Cindy telephoning after she picked up Layla * lick lick * and how she settled in and became such an amazing companion and loving friend.

I hope you get LOTS of entries for the giveaway. This stuff looks fabulous.

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(January 31, 2018)

Layla

Marjorie LOL licking cures all. She wears a disc saying "If you can read this I will lick you" LOL. I am keeping an eye open for the cats when it comes to a good supplement :) thanks

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(January 31, 2018)

Seville at Nerissa's Life

HAPPY GOTCHA DAY LAYLA! This must be your favourite day of the year for not only did you get you forever home, but it's a LOVING one, too. Best kind of forever home, for sure. purrs

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(January 31, 2018)

Layla

Thank you Seville and yes Mom is gonna spoil me double today

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(January 31, 2018)

Sonja of Montecristo Travels

Happy Gotcha day hon!! and ... we aren't fans of crating either.

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(January 31, 2018)

Sheltie Times

I think it depends on the dog as well. We used a crate when Bailey was a puppy and then it went away. We used the crate with Katy until she could be safe in the house when we weren't home. It didn't last long. Annie came crate trained and while we expected to put the crate away it's still up because she feels safer in the crate when we aren't home. We leave the door open and she will even go in their on her own sometimes. So, it wasn't my plan, but Annie is crated when we aren't home. Katy roams free.

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(January 31, 2018)

Layla

Sheltie Times, I understand the reasons for crating but do not believe in them and actually never knew about crating till I came to the States, so in my house it will never happen. I have had dogs all my life

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(January 31, 2018)

Layla

Thank you Sonja for your kind wishes. I am so happy someone agrees with me when it comes to crating LOL.

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(January 31, 2018)

Amy Shojai, CABC

Awww....happy Gotcha Day! It's always such a fun time to celebrate these wonderful events. Great give-away, too.

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(January 31, 2018)

Layla

Thank you Amy, it is an amazing product

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(January 31, 2018)

The Daily Pip

Happy Gotcha Day Layla! I am so sorry you had such a rough time early in life - sleeping outside, how awful. So glad you were rescued and now have such a wonderful life.

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(January 31, 2018)

Sheltie Times

Happy gotcha day. What a great rescue story.

Many people get angry at the people who surrendered their animals. My only regret is that they didn't surrender them sooner.

Bailey came to us as a puppy through Sheltie rescue. His owners got him foolishly at the same time they had a new baby, not realizing the puppy while not having equal challenges to a newborn had significant needs and they were not capable of meeting both. They found the regional Sheltie Rescue, Bailey went to foster care and we got the unheard of a puppy who was house broken. His rescue was an amazing experience. I'm sorry his original experience was a failure, but I am grateful he didn't continue end up being neglected, abused because his family oouldn't handle the stress of caring for him.

We rescued Katy when she was 2. My only regret is her family didn't have the sense that Bailey's did to surrender her as a puppy. She suffered 2 years of what we can only assume was neglect. I am only glad someone came to their senses enough to realize letting her go was humane. She has been such a blessing to our family.

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(February 1, 2018)

Erica Schwarz

Happy happy gotcha day Layla! We have a rescue and she is such a special part of our lives, I couldn't imagine life without her.

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(January 31, 2018)

layla

Thank you and I think I am just as blessed to have her in my life

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(February 1, 2018)

Brandy

Happy Gotcha Day to Layla! What a beautiful doggy, she is very happy to be so loved, I am sure!

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(February 1, 2018)

Layla

Thanks Brandy and she is one loved spoiled little dog

January is nearly over (January 23, 2018)

Layla



Happy Wednesday All !

We cannot believe that January is nearly over, they say time flies and I am really starting to believe in it.

​On Friday Night I got an email that there have been cases of the Canine Flu in San Francisco and dogs going to dog parks, groomers and other public places are at risk of getting it. This email warning was sent by the SPCA and I know they will not do it unless it is serious. So I as the Jewish Mom called them on Saturday ​to make an appointment and managed to get on at 4.30 in the afternoon. I know many will say it does not work, etc but on the other hand Layla is my baby, we go to dog parks as it is the only place she can socialize or run without a leash, and I was not going to take a chance as dogs do sniff each other, sniff the grass and I felt rather be safe than sorry. Also I would rather pay for a flu shot than have a sick dog and have to pay the enormous vet bills. She will be getting her second shot on the 6th February, so am feeling a lot more relieved.

My vet clinic is partnered with the SPCA which is great as I have two different clinics I can use when there is an emergency which makes life easy.

Attached to the email was the following document from the CDC which was really interesting.

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January is the month that I rescued Layla. Her story I will tell on her gotcha day next week but today I am going to talk about what I am doing to keep her healthy and strong as she ages like me. I actually think she is aging better than me.

We all know that I cook for Layla, I do not give her kibbles of any kind but with cooking one has to make sure she gets all the nutrients needed to keep her going.

One of the supplements I give Layla is from a company I love, TropiClean. When I find a company with one good product I then try the others. Their service is fantastic and I am so happy with them.

Their Oral Health products I swear by and her teeth are pearly white, their soapless shampoo is fantastic and best of all they have now come out with ​TropiClean Hip and Joint Supplement for Dogs.

Life by TropiClean Hip & Joint Supplement for Dogs adds some mobility to your dog’s life! Their unique blend of Collagen, Glucosamine and Chondroitin helps support mobility and joint comfort. Main active ingredient, Collagen, is clinically proven to improve joint health by promoting joint cartilage development. Our formula contains antioxidants and omega fatty acids, creating a pleasant aroma that dogs love!

I have been giving it to Layla for over a week now and am seeing a big difference in her especially with her hopping. She is hopping less which is fantastic as that has always been a worry for me although the vet was never concerned.

Layla is a picky eater, and it is hard to hide anything in her food BUT this is not bothering her and she is gobbling down her food as usual which has made my life easier. It is in liquid form, on the bottle it has the portions you give according to the weight of your dog in either pounds or kilograms, so it makes our life very easy.

To find out more about this product or their other amazing products you can go to their website :

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Now as I have mentioned 18 = Life, and this will be our first give away of 2018 to ensure a healthier life for one lucky dog.

I was given a bottle to try and will be giving a bottle away to one lucky winner who enters the below Rafflecopter App.

This Give Away is open to both US and Canada for everyone over the age of 18+

Now that I have woofed my week and about the giveaway I am going back to my box to hide from Mom as it is raining outside.

Have a wonderful week all and please be safe
Woof with love from Layla

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(January 31, 2018)

Chirpy Cats

Happy Gotcha Day pretty Layla. Wishing you many many more wonderful years with your mom. You are one lucky woofy to have found a loving home.
Our mom also has family in Cape Town and we are praying for rain. We hope that some miracle happens that they don't have to turn off their taps.

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(January 31, 2018)

Beth

Happy Gotcha Day! I think Layla hit the jackpot when she found you and vice versa!

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(January 27, 2018)

Lisa F.

None of my dogs currently get supplements, but I have given joint supplements before. I have seniors, so I'm considering it for two of them right now.

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(January 29, 2018)

Marni Alvino

My little Lucy is about 12 yrs. old. I would love to try this.
It sounds wonderful.

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(January 29, 2018)

Layla

Marni they are awesome and if you want to try any this is the one, good luck with entering

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(January 28, 2018)

Layla

Lisa I started with the supplements about 2 years ago and these are the best so far that I have found in so many ways, we hope you entered the giveaway so you can try them out plus all the Tropiclean products are fantastic.

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(January 27, 2018)

Annemarie LeBlanc

Dogs are also at risk of the flu. Our dog had the flu shot on the same day we got ours. It is always better safe than sorry. This weather is really getting freaky.

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(January 27, 2018)

Layla

The flu is frightening for all, and I so agree with you the weather is really freaky lately and it is a big worry

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(January 26, 2018)

Heather Johnson

I give my three dogs treats that are also supplements.

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(January 27, 2018)

Layla

That is awesome but what I love about this product is that I can add it to her food and give her treats without any supplements so she can get as many treats as she wants. It makes life easy

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(January 26, 2018)

Dana

I knew there was a canine flu, but I didn't know there were shots for it. Interesting!

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(January 27, 2018)

Layla

Dana as I say we learn each day and its wonderful that my vet emails his clients with the warnings as it makes life so much easier

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(January 26, 2018)

Carrie | The Lavender Hytta

I never knew there was a canine flu. The right supplements can make your dog's life so much better. It is great that you found one that you can trust.

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(January 27, 2018)

Layla

Carrie, I am very very fussy when it comes to supplements or food for Layla as I only want the best for her, especially as I am a Jewish Mom, LOL. And this supplement is amazing, I am seeing a difference in her daily and she is nearly 11 years old

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(January 25, 2018)

Crystal

It's been a rough year for humans with the flu, but I'm sad to hear it's hitting our pups too. Got to stay home for a while until cold and flu season is over.

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(January 27, 2018)

Layla

Crystal if one has a back yard it makes life easier, but when you living in the city and dog parks are the only place that your dog can run free one has to take all the precautions. The flu season has been bad for all I agree with you on that one

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(January 25, 2018)

Tonya Ann Wilhelm

Happy gotcha month! You are aging gracefully, Miss Layla. Your mom takes such good care of you. Have a great week at the dog parks.

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(January 25, 2018)

Layla

Thank you and have a great week too

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(January 25, 2018)

Neely

Flu shots are important! I didn’t realize dogs got them too!

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(January 25, 2018)

Layla

I do not believe in flu shots actually but with Layla and her going to the dog parks and other doggy places I would rather be safe than sorry and yes I was surprised too

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(January 25, 2018)

Marcie W.

We board our pup at a pet hotel when we travel and they require that he has all vaccines, including the canine flu, before he can stay. I was annoyed about it at first, but now that there is an outbreak, I am glad he is protected.

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(January 25, 2018)

Layla

Marcie I have heard that every groomer plus is requesting that your dog has the flu shot and I think it really wise because you will not incur extra expenses plus your dog is safe

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(January 25, 2018)

Neely

Flu shots are important! I didn’t realize dogs got them too!

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(January 24, 2018)

Sweet Purrfections

It makes sense that you would give Layla the flu shot since she is out among other dogs. The dog flu was in SC back right after BlogPaws was here last year.

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(January 25, 2018)

Layla

I agree with you and although I hate chemicals as I call them I just feel I would rather be safe than sorry

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(January 24, 2018)

Irene McHugh

Layla, I’m glad you’re getting your flu shot. Socializing with other dogs is so important. You can’t miss those opportunities! Better to be safe. Plus I bet you’ll get a special treat after the shot!

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(January 24, 2018)

Layla

Irene, she got a double dose of treats LOL and so true rather be safe than sorry plus this way she is not missing out on her park time which is important

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(January 24, 2018)

allison hoffman

would love to win this! My dog is getting older and needs joint supplements daily

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(January 24, 2018)

Layla

Good luck Alison, it is a fantastic product

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(January 24, 2018)

Kamira Gayle

Wow this year is zipping on by. I agree. Oh I had no idea about the dog flu epidemic going around. I don't blame you taking precautions to protect Layla. Nice giveaway. I don't have a dog but I'll share your post. Good luck to the participants.

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(January 25, 2018)

Dear Mishu

So glad to read once again of your dedication to Layla and her health. You're a great pet mom!

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(January 24, 2018)

Layla

I so agree the month went too quickly. Thank you for sharing

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(January 24, 2018)

Sandy Weinstein

yes, they have been getting them for many years. i use an all natural product, my vet has approved of it.

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(January 24, 2018)

Sandy Weinstein

yes, they have been getting them for many years. i use an all natural product, my vet has approved of it.

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(January 24, 2018)

Sandy Weinstein

yes, they have been getting them for many years. i use an all natural product, my vet has approved of it.

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(January 24, 2018)

Sandy Weinstein

yes, they have been getting them for many years. i use an all natural product, my vet has approved of it.

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(January 24, 2018)

Layla

I love this product, it has the effects on Layla after trying many

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(January 24, 2018)

Seville at Nerissa's Life

Yup, I heard 'bout that flu stuff, too. I heard 'bout it all the way up here in Canada! It must be kinda scary, considerin' how social doggies are. I can TOTALLY see why you'd wanna skip the dog parks and stuff. Thank goodness for vaccines, huh? PURRS

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(January 24, 2018)

Layl

Layla says it is scary and she is avoiding the park at the moment to be safe

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(January 24, 2018)

ruckus eskie

nice giveaway

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(January 24, 2018)

Layla

Thank you

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(January 24, 2018)

Linda Szymoniak

I have started giving my dogs supplements for several things, although it can sometimes be sporadic (some are quite costly). My Kyoko, who I lost the day after Thanksgiving last year, had issues with her joints, hips, and legs towards the end. I did start giving her some supplements for that and I hope it helped. She did at least seem to have less discomfort from things.

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(January 24, 2018)

Layla

This is a fantastic supplement and good luck for entering

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(January 24, 2018)

Kelly

There have been cases of dog flu in our area as well so we've been extremely careful where we go and what dogs we socialize with. Happy Gotcha Day Layla, hope you are spoiled with lots of love!

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(January 24, 2018)

layla

Kelly it is worrying and I have been keeping Layla away from the park till the vaccine is safe in her body. Rather be safe than sorry

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(January 24, 2018)

Lorie Ham

I had heard about the dog flu but I had no idea there was a vaccination for it! Do you know if it is widely available? Thanks for the great info

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(January 24, 2018)

Layla

I would suggest you ask your vet about the vaccination, they would be able to tell you

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(January 24, 2018)

Monika

You are one good dog momma, even cooking for your dog :) Thanks for informing us of the dog flu, I didnt know it started.

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(January 24, 2018)

Layla

My pleasure and thank you for the compliment.

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(January 24, 2018)

Rachel

I had no idea that there was a vaccine for dog flu. Sounds like it was a good idea to get her vaccinated. And I know, I can't believe we're almost at the end of January!

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(January 24, 2018)

Layla

Rachel I never knew either till i got the email. As for January I know its like WOW where has the time gone

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(January 24, 2018)

Marjorie and Dash Kitten

Oh I would love a cat version of the joint supplement Garvey has green lipped mussel but I would love to try this.

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(January 24, 2018)

Layla

Marjorie if I hear of anything will let you know :)

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(January 24, 2018)

Layla

Marjorie if I hear of anything will let you know :)

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(January 24, 2018)

Natasha Thompson

I can't believe January is almost over either! This canine flu has me a bit worried; luckily it hasn't spread to Alaska yet. I'm keeping an eye on it for sure. Thanks for the great giveaway!

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(January 24, 2018)

Layla

My pleasure Natasha and good luck

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(January 24, 2018)

Debbie

This month sure has flown by. Whether it works or not, it can't hurt to try to protect your baby from the flu, especially because you spend a lot of time at dog parks where it would be easy to spread disease. Good looking out

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(January 24, 2018)

Layla

Debbie thanks and I agree, rather be safe than sorry

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(January 24, 2018)

The Daily Pip

The Canine flu is so scary. We live in the Chicago area and it devastated shelters and many dogs died. I think you were wise to protect her. Better safe than sorry.

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(January 25, 2018)

Layla

I am so sorry to hear about the shelter dogs, that upsets me so much, but yes you are right rather be safe than sorry

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(January 24, 2018)

Amelia Johnson

Gusto's vet never mentioned the canine flu vaccine so we must be fairly safe here in Western PA. Gusto loves protein treats too and he knows how to ask for them when he wants one. Have fun at the dog park!

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(January 25, 2018)

Layla

Thanks and as you say if the vet has not yet said anything then you are safe but you should read the document I attached to see what is going on plus the symptoms. Layla loves any treats LOL

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(January 26, 2018)

Brandy

We give our elder dog glucosamine daily and it really helps with his hips. I am all about natural, good for doggy ways to keep them comfortable and healthy. Will have to look into this brand.

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(January 27, 2018)

Layla

Brandy this is a fantastic product, actually all their products are great and that is why I am promoting them here as I have seen the difference in Layla

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(January 27, 2018)

ATCAD

Everyone gets supplements around here.

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(January 27, 2018)

Layla

Awesome, supplements keep our dogs healthy and we hope you will check into this product. We also hope you have entered the give away

Why we set up our website (January 16, 2018)

Layla



Happy Wednesday All !

As we mentioned in one our past blogs that 18 = Chai which means Life in Hebrew and we are going to focus this week on why it is so important to Rescue a Pet and the reason for us setting up our website.

I rescued Baby R.I.P. from a shelter and when we ran and reached out for help so many people came forward and helped us.

Upon reaching San Francisco, settling down and then losing Baby which devastated me I started thinking of how I could give back. Three months after her death I went onto PetHarbor and started looking for a new munchkin and Layla arrived. Her story I will share at the end of the month.

But what I learned with rescuing her is how many rescue organizations are out there struggling to cover costs and rescue more. Many people say that the fees we pay them to adopt is a lot but I look at how much time they put into each rescued pet, from the pulling from the shelter, the transport, the fostering, the vet cares and the list can go on and on and on.

I at the same time had joined Facebook and over the years watched how many Rescue Organizations there were all over the country/world and how they were holding fundraisers, auctions on Facebook and how complicated it was, plus how limited there outreach was to get the word out. Over the years Facebook kept changing and the new changes in our news feed will be mainly family and friends and the groups/pages will be limited which will affect the Rescue Organizations, Shelters and other Non Profit Organizations.



So to help those Rescue Organizations Auction4PetSupplies was set up, it is an auction site which costs a rescue organization nothing, plus we help them get the word out on the different social media, it is a win win situation.

How can you help ? You can help by sharing to all the Rescue Organizations about our Website especially as it is the beginning of the year and they then can utilize this service and benefit. We will be happy to answer all questions, whether on the blog or email and work with them that they will benefit.

Website : Click here

On that note lets make 2018 a wonderful year for all, remember that 18 = Life and each rescue means saving a life for one lucky animal.

Have a safe week, with a woof and thanks from my Rescued Boss,
Layla


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(January 24, 2018)

Beth

The flu seems to be extra awful this year, both for dogs and people! My vet didn't mention the flu vaccine to me when I was there earlier this week, and I didn't know to ask her about it. Theo has an appointment next week, so I'll ask then.

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(January 24, 2018)

Monika

You are one good dog momma, even cooking for your dog :) Thanks for informing us of the dog flu, I didnt know it started.

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(January 23, 2018)

Ave Hla

You are doing such an amazing job! I hope a lot of pets will find a new and loving home this year!

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(January 23, 2018)

Layla

Thank you

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(January 22, 2018)

Crystal

My dog passed away in 2017. She was 14 and sick so I knew it was coming, but still hard. I think that I'll be ready some point this year to rescue a dog.

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(January 22, 2018)

CourtneyLynne

Awwww what an awesome site!!! I’m a total animal lover. Animals > people. I will be checking in time to time to see what’s up for sure

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(January 22, 2018)

Laurie Beth

We rescue all our animals. They are the sweetest loves ever. I really like this site :)

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(January 22, 2018)

Nellwyn

Animal rescues do such great work, when it comes time for me to get a pet I really want to adopt one from a rescue. Thanks for sharing your story.

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(January 22, 2018)

Tracie

If I wasn't afraid of dogs I would certainly rescue one. This is wonderful. I am going to tell my family about this so maybe they can rescue some.

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(January 22, 2018)

Neely Moldovan

I love finding out how people got started and how and whyt hey started their blogs. Thanks for sharing!

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(January 22, 2018)

Layla

My pleasure and I agree with you

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(January 21, 2018)

Stephanie Seger

Thank you so much for the history of how your site got started. You are right, most rescue organizations either don’t have the money or time to spend getting the word out about the great work they are doing or how much they need help. Your site provides a tremendous service to them! With recent algorithm changes on FB it will be all the more important to find a way to help them.

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(January 22, 2018)

Layla

FB is really messing around and that is why I am asking everyone to share so that rescues know about us

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(January 21, 2018)

Kamira G.

RIP Baby. I think it's so wonderful you create a website in honor of her memory and to bring attention to helping animals. I admire your strength and journey and quest to inspire others. You know I'll be sharing this post too.

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(January 22, 2018)

Layla

Kamira thank you so much

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(January 21, 2018)

Bernard Lima-Chavez

I'm a vet tech who worked in shelter medicine for many years. All 6 of our cats and 4 of our dogs were adopted- in one way or another. Adopting saves two lives- the one pet you are brining into your home and the one who can take his/her place in the shelter or rescue.

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(January 21, 2018)

Layla

I so agree with you and have always adopted, it is the only way to go

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(January 21, 2018)

Talent Hounds

Happy 2018 and here's to giving life hope and happiness to more rescues than ever this year. Congrats on setting up your site and all you do.

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(January 21, 2018)

Layla

Thank you and may 2018 be a wonderful year for all of us

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(January 19, 2018)

Irene McHugh

I really enjoyed learning more about why you started an auction site for animal shelters. I knew bits and pieces of your story, but I like reading the chronological account. Looking forward to reading Layla’s story.

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(January 21, 2018)

Layla

I cannot wait to share her story and how I rescued her, it will be in one of my future posts

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(January 19, 2018)

Tenacious Little Terrier

Rescues always need more money and most people have extra stuff they're not using. Great way to give back!

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(January 21, 2018)

Layla

I so agree and that is why I ask everyone to share

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(January 19, 2018)

Beth

I always think that Baby is still looking after you and so proud of the things you do. I really like the item I won on your site and it makes me happy to know that the money went to a good cause!

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(January 21, 2018)

Layla

Thanks and I always feel her close to me

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(January 19, 2018)

Linda H

This is a wonderful post! I have three rescued Chihuahuas and I know how hard it is for rescue organizations. Thank you for helping get the word out about their plight. I will definitely share on my FB page.

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(January 21, 2018)

Layla

Thanks I appreciate it

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(January 18, 2018)

Layla

Good Morning All, thank you so much for reading our blog and commenting. Regarding the one question as to how much I have donated - Every Rescue does their auction and the final amount I am not always aware of as they collect the money and do the shipping. I also do not share private information on here as I respect people's/organizations privacy.

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(January 17, 2018)

Joely Smith

Thank you so much for all the awareness you spread about adoption!! YES ADOPT Don't Shop! So many pets need loving homes! The best pets come from adopting too. Animals are so smart and intuitive - they know when they are being given a second chance. I hope everyone will shop with sites and brands that donate to rescue organizations!

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(January 17, 2018)

Sweet Purrfections

I think it's wonderful how you are giving back to the rescue organizations through your webpage. Can you share with everyone how much you've been able to donate?

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(January 17, 2018)

Lola The Rescued Cat

Your website is such a wonderful endeavor. Rescues struggle so much to help pets and give them the best life possible. I'm going to share your site with a friend who does social media for a small rescue.

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(January 17, 2018)

Lori Hilliard

You're on a great mission and I know your website has helped so many shelters who are too limited in resources to do the fundraising they need. Layla's Woof fills that gap. Thank you so much for what you do!

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(January 17, 2018)

Cathy Armato

I love your mission and the passion behind it Rochelle! I know you & Layla have helped a lot of rescues and pets with your online presence. I'll be happy to share the website!
Love & Biscuits,
Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

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(January 17, 2018)

Rachel

What a wonderful reason for setting up your website! We love that helping rescues and animals is what motivated you. There are so many in need out there, and the world is a better place because of people like you who do what they can to help.

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(January 17, 2018)

Kelly

Rescue organizations indeed need support in all forms when it comes to helping and rehoming the pets. The costs associated with feeding and in many cases healing this pets before they can be adopted out are and can be enormous. Thank you for all you do to help these rescues and bring attention to their needs

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(January 17, 2018)

The Dash Kitten Crew

I am so glad you got settled and are in a position to give back to thank those who helped you and found such an amazing avenue to do this.

People think its just a case of giving, and then walking away. Those of us who love animals are in this for the long haul, helping wherever and whenever we can! walking away is the one thing those who love animals most will never do.

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(January 17, 2018)

Sandy Kubillus

It's great that you've come up with Auction4Pets to help rescue organizations. You do a great job!

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(January 17, 2018)

The Daily Pip

I respect your mission to help rescues so much and honor your first dog Baby! Cheers to 2018 and making it all about rescuing and saving more lives!

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(January 17, 2018)

Amelia Johnson

Rescue organizations usually have a few devoted volunteers that are concentrating on caring for the pets and getting them adopted. You are providing a valuable service by helping them with the techy stuff and helping them to raise the much-needed funds to continue. Be blessed as you bless.

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(January 18, 2018)

Seville at Nerissa's Life

How true. It's REALLY HARD for rescues to make ends meet. Food and medical costs (includin' spayin' or neutering') are expensive! Then there's heat for the buildin', along with general maintenance, and cleanin' supplies. Rescues need all the financial help they can get. PURRS.

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(January 19, 2018)

Jill - CharityPaws

It is so hard now for rescues to get the attention and funds they need! Too many animals need help - and there is not enough time, money and resources to go around. it is great that you are doing what you can to help, if everyone can do just a little bit - the animals will be so much happier!

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(January 19, 2018)

The Tribe of Five at Feline Opines

Every one of the Tribe of Five is a rescue. We are thankful for humans that bring fur kids into their homes from shelters and rescues. Two paws up for humans who rescue!!

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(January 20, 2018)

DeAnna McKillip

Working with Rescues is wonderful & heart breaking at the same time. Layla is so sweet! Kona sends smooches.

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What January means to me (January 9, 2018)

Layla



Happy Wednesday Everyone !!

January is here, bitterly cold in certain States in the USA and here in San Francisco it has been raining, but it could be worse as I say.

January has mixed feelings for me, it is the first month of the year plus it is the month that I ran from my abusive relationship.

5th of January triggers many memories for me, it is the day I left the house for the last time with Baby R.i.P. as I would not have left her there. I was reflecting on Friday on how far I have come, but how much I miss my little trooper.

Writing about it helps me realize how far I have come, how much I have achieved and how much more I need to do. It has been a rocky road, not easy but I have no regrets at all and would do it all over again if I need to.

I remember packing my bags, making sure that Baby had everything of hers, taking the tent and sleeping bag with me as I vowed I would rather sleep in the streets and be warm than be in that house, although thank goodness that did not happen. I remember my friend picking me up with my stuff, hiding at her house till I could navigate the next step and the fear of being found. I remember how I sold my grandmother's pearls so that I would have money as my ex controlled everything and I had no access to money, and the list can go on.

So for me January is a month of mixed feelings, happy that is the beginning of a new year, but awful memories also. So when January rolls around, it creeps me out in a way but I can also breath as for me the taste of that freedom that I had on that day that I ran, is something I cannot put in words.

This blog is dedicated to freedom, Baby of course as I was fortunate to give her the last years of her life stress free, with love, cuddles and pampering wherever I could. She left me 3 years after I ran but being able to give her those 3 years is something that money could not buy.

And then of course there is Layla, who came into my life in January, 3 months after Baby died, and I am so blessed that I was able to free her from the awful Shelter and give her the life she deserves.

When people talk about January, New Year Resolutions, I think carefully before I reply and I think the only thing I can think of is that abuse will stop, people and animals will be able to live their lives freely and most of all that there will be some sort of peace on earth.

As I always do I am now going to move forward into 2018 with a hope that I can carry on speaking out and helping out where possible. That is the reason why our website is so important, because if everyone shared it to a rescue organization, them having that option to hold a free auction there, raise money and thus give them the freedom to be able to help more.

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On this note, while Layla is doing what she does best, sleep on her bed like a princess which she is in my eyes, we are asking everyone to think of how blessed we all are with what we have and please be safe.

With woof and love from us

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(January 22, 2018)

hey sharonoox

Congrats on your new website to help rescue shelters.

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(January 21, 2018)

Sweet Purrfections

How thankful we are that you were able to excape that abusive situation and are moving forward with your life

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(January 17, 2018)

Debbie

If there's one thing I learned from years of working with various rescue groups, it's that they ALWAYS need help. Volunteers, time, donations. Thanks for helping those who help animals in need.

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(January 16, 2018)

Layla

Thank you for your kind words, we are stronger and now using our voice for others, May 2018 be safe one for all of us

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(January 14, 2018)

Carrie | The Lavender Hytta

Thank you so much for sharing your story. It seems you have had a lot of ups and downs but you seem to come out of it stronger which is great. So thankful you were able to get away from your abusive ex and start over.

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(January 13, 2018)

Kamira G.

Thanks for sharing this post. So powerful. I say happy freedom anniversary. I am in awe of your strength and courage. Keep doing what you do! I'm sure Baby is still so proud of her mama. RIP sweet Baby. Gone only in the physical but always in your heart. Wish you and Layla many more blessings in 2018!

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(January 12, 2018)

Cathy Armato

Here's to beautiful beginnings! You had the courage to rescue yourself and Baby, and now you have a great life for you and Layla - L'Chaim!
Love & Biscuits,
Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

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(January 11, 2018)

Layla

Afternoon All, Have finally managed to sit down and read all your wonderful comments which makes me feel even stronger, as there are days that I sit back and wonder how much strength do I need to keep going as it is exhausting.

I am blessed to have a blogging community who reads my blogs, shares there, and brings a smile to my face.

May 2018 be a good healthy year for all of us

Once again thanks with love from Layla and Me

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(January 11, 2018)

Tracie

I am so glad you got out. Thank you for sharing your story. There are many out there that are still in abusive relationships. So sorry about your puppy and glad you have a new love.

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(January 11, 2018)

Scott

Always tough to lose a pet, they're such a part of the family. Hopefully it'll get a little easier from year to year.

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(January 10, 2018)

Stephanie Seger

Thank you so much for sharing your story. The courage and strength you have to not only run from your abuser but serve in the selfless capacity you do today is awe-inspiring.

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(January 10, 2018)

Katie

Thank you for sharing your story. I applaud your bravery, and hope that 2018 will be the best year yet for you and Layla. We can't wait to follow your journey.

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(January 10, 2018)

Sandy Kubillus

Thank you for sharing your story. Certain months can trigger all sorts of emotions and memories. Try to focus on the day you got Layla as a new beginning and not about the abusive ending.

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(January 10, 2018)

Irene McHugh

I'm a Harry Potter fan, so your writing today makes me think of an Albus Dumbledore quote: "Happiness can be found in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light." You turned on your own light, in so many ways over so many years. May you find peace and happiness, even in January.

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(January 10, 2018)

Erica Schwarz

Oh my goodness what heartache. Pray you'll find peace in your new life despite so much pain in the past. Walk tall, you are a survivor.

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(January 10, 2018)

Jenn

I applaud you for having the strength to leave! That is the hardest part, speaking from experience. It is scary but makes you a stronger person in the end. HUGS!

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(January 10, 2018)

Beth

I'm so glad that you and Baby were able to escape from your abuser and find the freedom and safety that you both deserved. Layla is such a lucky dog to have a life with you and thanks for helping so many others have a chance at a better life.

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(January 10, 2018)

Lola The Rescued Cat

Thank you for being brave and sharing your story. I hope you can view January as a period of rebirth, for both you and Layla.

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(January 10, 2018)

Neely Moldovan

January is actually a really rough and wonderful month I think for many! I love seeing cute pics of Layla!

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(January 10, 2018)

Lori Hilliard

What an awful January story; but it’s also one of courage and strength. No wonder rescuing is so close to your heart! We’re thankful that it turned out well for you and that you are willing to “pay it forward” with Layla’s Woof.

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(January 10, 2018)

Lori Hilliard

What an awful January story; but it’s also one of courage and strength. No wonder rescuing is so close to your heart! We’re thankful that it turned out well for you and that you are willing to “pay it forward” with Layla’s Woof.

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(January 10, 2018)

Debbie

As someone who has also run from an abusive relationship, I applaud your candor and congratulate you on getting out. So many people are not brave enough to do so. Glad you and Baby had 3 wonderful, free years together.

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(January 10, 2018)

Amelia Johnson

The first step is always the hardest and thankfully, you took it along with your Baby.The memories of abuse will fade. Triggers will bring them back. You are strong. You have Layla with you to bring a smile to your face. You will be blessed as you bless others. Thanks for sharing your story.

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(January 10, 2018)

Bunny Allen

Jan. does hold many memories for you by the sound of it. Congratulations on being one who left an abusive relationship. I say congratulations because what you did took courage and guts. Most people don't have courage much less guts but you do. You are a survivor and for that...Well Done!!

Many many virtual hugs for you.

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(January 10, 2018)

Joely Smith

Your courage, your strength is priceless! I am so glad you got out of that situation!! And you got Baby out of it too! You gave her the best years of her life. Dogs have a way of knowing when we are unhappy, under duress. I know she was so relieved to see you finally at peace and ease! She knew it was safe to go when she did, safe for you. Bless you and I am so glad that Layla came along to be in your life, and that you saved her. Thank you for sharing your story!! I love you all the more for it!

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(January 10, 2018)

Jill - CharityPaws

Good for you for having the strength to leave and thank you for being a great parent to Baby in making sure she was safe with you. I know that was not an easy path to go down and hope you have found the happiness you deserve! Sorry that Baby is no longer with you, but she was there when you needed her the most.....{{hugs}}

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(January 11, 2018)

Alicia Taylor

I am so sorry for your loss. I lost my cat that I had for almost 20 years a couple of years ago. She was also a rescue animal - but I got her as a stray baby - not from a shelter. Her mother had abandoned her. I agree that animal abuse is a horrible thing. I also think that gratitude is an excellent resolution

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I Pee on the Christmas Tree (January 3, 2018)

Layla


Woof, its a New Year and we pray it will be a healthy and happy one.



I am in Christmas tree heaven at the moment. Do you know what that is. Well in San Francisco after the New Year everyone is asked to put their Christmas trees out on the sidewalks to be collected. Heaven !!!!!!!! Do you know what it is like to walk along the street peeing on every Christmas Tree. Mom sings I peed on the Christmas tree and her voice is lousy but hey she is trying at least. AND grrrr I don't have enough pee for all the trees.

So that is my happiness at the moment, otherwise I got spoiled with a new pink LED collar so I am all shiny at nights when we go for our walks or we stay late in the dog park with all our friends. It is really pretty although Mom cursed a lot as the shipment arrived late and did not get it on time so, she compensated with some extra treats. I do know that Mom will not buy from that company again.

Over the weekend we just relaxed, then on New Years Eve Mom gave me some CBD oil to keep me calm, made a snuggly bed in the shower for me and BOL the only fireworks this year were at midnight and we could hardly hear them. I must admit she is really good getting me comfy for nothing BOL.

So how was your Christmas ? How was your New Years Eve ? We hope you got some awesome toys and treats cos you all deserve them.

We have only one New Year's wish this year, that all the shelters will be emptied and all the animals will get new homes.

In Hebrew 18 = Chai which means Life. So we have vacuumed 2017 out of the house and going to pray that our lives will change, be happier and less stressed and that 2018 will be a good one for all.

That is what is happening in the Layla Neighborhood, taking it easy till work picks up again with lots of love, laughter and cuddles.

Take care and have a wonderful week, am now off to hide in my box as it is raining and I hate getting my paws wet and that is the only place Mom can't get to me.

Woof with love from Layla

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(January 9, 2018)

Scott

We had a puppy that like to pee on trees also. Only took one time for a squirrel to scare her while she was in the act - that cured her of it!

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(January 9, 2018)

Carrie | The Lavender Hytta

I am so glad you are enjoying all the old Christmas trees. Our dog doesn't have many Christmas trees to pee on. Although the snow does just as well here. :) I also hope that more people adopt all the animals out of the shelters. That is a great wish! Happy New Year!

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(January 8, 2018)

laurie beth

I do hope the puppies & kitties found homes too :) We adopted a kitty this year from the shelter and she brings us so much joy. Much like you do Layla.

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(January 8, 2018)

Layla

Woof it is me Layla, Christmas tree heaven should be all year as I am having so much fun and the walks more interesting as there is so much pmail to check. Thanks so much for your comments and may 2018 just be a wonderful one for all of us, Woof with love from Me

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(January 8, 2018)

Heather Johnson

I had two outdoor trees on my patio. All three of my dogs peed on them. That just keeps the animals from chewing the lights, right?!

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(January 8, 2018)

Hey Sharonoox

Glad to hear you and Layla had a good holiday season. I don't have a dog but I heard many stories about dogs peeing on their Christmas tree. It's got to be something about Christmas tree.

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(January 8, 2018)

Neely Moldovan

Haha this post is great! Im glad you had such a good holiday season!

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(January 4, 2018)

Beth

That is a wonderful wish! We don't go on many walks in the winter, but I think my dogs would enjoy discovering a lot of Christmas trees!

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(January 4, 2018)

Kitty Cat Chronicles

Peeing on Christmas trees sounds like so much fun! That is totally something our dog Lucy would do. Glad you had a good Christmas and New Year! Have a wonderful 2018!

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(January 3, 2018)

Dash Kitten

I am glad you had a quiet New Year, here in the past it has been noisy but, for some reason, it wasn't very. One loud burst startled Natasha and she came in and hid under the coffee table but that was it (thankfully). We stayed up (not something we do mostly, we are Christmas people not NYE people) nut thankfully we didn't get too scared.

Your Mom sure looks after you Layla!

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(January 3, 2018)

Irene McHugh

Bernie and Lizzie are sure envious of your street tree heaven. One of the dog parks we frequent has a tree removal service in an adjacent parking lot. As the pups play, they can hear the trees being chipped. I don't explain the sound to them since I think it would upset them.

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(January 3, 2018)

Lori Hilliard

I don't blame you at all for hiding from the rain, Layla. Soldier and I are trying to avoid the frigid cold here. He takes the shortest walk possible and I'm in complete agreement with him!

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(January 3, 2018)

Rebecca Sanchez

Sounds like a lovely holiday time Layla! You're mom does a wonderful job ensuring you are safe and sound, and have plenty of Christmas trees to pee on :) I'm with you - vacuuming away the 2017 dust is a smart move, and allows for a joyous 2018!

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(January 3, 2018)

Amelia Johnson

Oh, Layla...you are so funny! I bet those tree collectors really appreciate the scent that you leave on all of those Christmas trees! Stay warm and dry this year.

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(January 3, 2018)

Amy Shojai, CABC

BOL! Oh my goodness, that must have been some decision where to -- ahem -- sprinkle. Happy New Year!

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(January 8, 2018)

Joline

Looks like someone is having a fabulous time! We had a lovely Christmas thanks :) Hope you guys have fantastic 2018!

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(January 3, 2018)

Sandy Kubillus

Layla, it sounds like you are really enjoying your holidays! Buffy got a new squeaky stuffed reindeer that she loves! It's especially good since she can usually find it with her limited eyesight. People in our neighboorhood haven't started putting trees out on the curb yet, but she doesn't mark, so isn't really into that.

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(January 8, 2018)

Jennifer G

This is just so fantastic. It had me giggling like crazy.

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(January 8, 2018)

Gingermommy

we were happy our three dogs did not seem to care too much about the Christmas tree this year . I was worried they would pull it down

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Safety Tips for New Years Eve (December 27, 2017)

Layla



Good Morning Everyone,

Christmas is over and New Year is around the corner. We decided to share today how to keep our pets safe and not focus on our wishes for the New Year which will be on the next blog.

Pet Safety is such an important topic during the holidays especially as so many pets get lost especially because of the awful fireworks.

Yes I am not a fan of fireworks and personally feel that money could be used for Non Profit Organizations who need the money badly like : Rescue Organizations, Domestic Violence, Child Poverty and so much more.

So with New Years Eve looming which means lots of noise, parties and celebrating let us make sure with our Safety Tips that our Pets are safe.

01. Fireworks

Most animals are terrified of fireworks and therefore it is best and safest to keep them indoors.
Take your dog for a long long walk during the day so that in the evening he or she is tired and less anxious.
For cats give them toys to play with and treats on hand to distract them.
Another idea is to keep the curtains/blinds closed and a TV on with a show or music in the house to keep their minds off the loud noises outside.
Remember : Fireworks can be poison and a choking hazard so keep them out of reach of all pets and kids.

02. Parties

While parties can be fun for us they can be a hazard for our pets especially when it comes to alcohol, food and decorations. Also if you are having a party make sure your pets are locked up in one room so that they cannot escape when the door opens.

03. Microchips and Collars

Make sure all information is updated on their microchip and tags on their collars, this is for both dogs and cats as if God Forbid they do escape it will be easier for those that might find them to find you. BUT still best is to keep them in one room in the house where they feel safe and secure.

04. Most Important : Have your vets and emergency vets phone numbers on the fridge for easy access in case of a medical emergency!

On this note, we wish everyone a Happy New Year and may your celebrations be a wonderful one with friends and family plus knowing your pets are safe will only make your lives so much more relaxing.

Now am going to my box to contemplate what 2018 will bring,

Woof with love from Layla

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What do you get for a spoiled brat ? (Layla) (December 19, 2017)

Layla



Good Morning Everyone,

Hanukkah ends today and now Christmas begins. 2018 is really getting closer. I have the past month been watching all the shopping lists for gifts, wondering, pondering and thinking what do I get a spoiled brat as a gift for Christmas. Yes I am talking about Layla who bless her is not short of anything.

One of my reasons for spoiling Layla is that when I had Baby I did not have the financial means to do it so when Layla arrived the Jewish guilt arrived and I am ashamed to say that I have really spoiled her. ​

As I mention Baby it brings back so many memories for me with her, how adorable she was, the Christmas tree in the dog park with all the photographs of the dogs plus of course Christmas lights, our Christmas in the Shelter for Domestic Violence where they were kind enough to let her join in on Christmas Day and got her a gift also, many memories and these are the times I wish she was here with me, but I know in my heart she is smiling from above and happy for Layla.



Layla is one spoiled little rescued dog who has so much, actually more jackets than me LOL. So the lists were tempting but I kept looking around and thinking oy vey where do I store anymore for her in my little studio. So for you to understand please watch the video where the question is and if anyone has ideas please let me know.

Three comments with ideas will win a surprise from us including Canada. (The surprise will be mailed after Christmas, sorry).
Ends : 23 December 2017

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For Hanukkah Layla got a $40.00 gift card for PetCo, Simba the walking Lion (you can see him in the video), a Hanukkah toy and treat and these were from friends so the dilemma is a big one as to what now to buy !!!! LOL.

I don't want you to think that I have not shared either, I have with a friend donated a garbage bag full of toys to a non profit Organization, I have donated treats too as I do believe in sharing wherever possible, so if you think that the toys she has is a lot, that is less than what she had. And all the toys are on my bed as I have no space on the floor to put them all.

So as Christmas day gets closer, I feel am feeling guiltier that my cute little brat will not get anything LOL and that is when I revert to the question "What do you get a spoiled brat"

Now as always we like to remind everyone about Holiday Safety for our Pets:

01. Make sure you know how to get to your 24/7 emergency veterinary clinic before there’s an emergency

02. Keep people food away from pets especially chocolate, Sweets and baked goods. turkey especially turkey skin, table scraps and yeast dough,

03. Decorations like candles, Potpourri, flowers and festive plants, electric lights

04. If you are having guests please make sure your pet is in a safe room so that they cannot escape, that they are microchipped and wearing their I.D. tags.

05. Please make sure the trash is somewhere where they cannot get into it.

06. If you leave the house to please make sure to unplug the decorations and the garbage is out of sight.

Now, am going to sulk as Mom has called me a spoiled brat, wishing everyone a safe Merry Christmas with lots of love, laughter, family and fun.

With love from us,
Layla and Mom

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(December 24, 2017)

Cathy Armato

Oh I know what you mean! My dogs are spoiled brats too, there is nothing they don't already have! I replace Icy's balls a lot though, because those she chews up. I'm big on gift cards and anything that contributes to good health. Happy Holidays to you & Layla!

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(December 22, 2017)

Debbie

Aww, Layla deserves to be spoiled! She seems like such a sweetheart. Great safety tips too!

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(December 22, 2017)

sara lafountain

Layla is so sweet and deserves all the treats for the holidays! She is so good with her toys, our dog Molly tears her toys up in minutes!

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(December 21, 2017)

Sandy Weinstein

well i have to say Layla's toys are in much better shape than the ones in my house. my 2 girls have over 50 toys. some have no appendages per Harley and no stuffing per Harley. i saw a really nice orthopedic bed with a thick padding, in Aldie's, saw the same one in Petsmart for 3 times the amount. i am going to get one for my girls.how about some really good treats. the girls love Stella and Chewy's Carnivore Crunch. also the venison freeze dried treats. some freeze dried liver and some sardine skins are great for the girls, i know Layla would love them. i also got a self heating pad, it is for cats but it is great for dogs as well, i got mine at Petedge, not very expensive.

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(December 20, 2017)

Linda Szymoniak

Well, I agree that rescue dogs deserve to be spoiled. I just adopted a Coonhound pup (after losing my Coonhound girl the day after Thanksgiving - I still have my two Coonhound boys). Megumi, my new girl, is sweet and hyper and has gotten a LOT of hand-me-downs, including a personalized dog coat that I bought for the girl I lost - Kyoko. It was never worn and is big on Megumi, but hopefully she will grow into it (and I can take it in a bit if it's still too big). I know that Megumi will be getting a harness for Christmas, along with lots and lots of good, healthy treats. She is rough on toys, so I may have to get her a few new ones too. Layla deserves the same!

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(December 20, 2017)

Lori Hilliard

Layla deserves to be spoiled a bit - she is such a wonderful ambassador for your website and for rescue pets! So put away the guilt and lavish her with a bit of extra love this holiday season. And give her a hug from me and Soldier!

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(December 20, 2017)

Sweet Purrfections

We're sure Layla will get whatever her little heart desires. Mom Paula says we have enough stuff to last a lifetime. As long as we have cuddles with her and extra treats, we're happy.

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(December 20, 2017)

Jill - CharityPaws

LOL -- I love how you called her a spoiled brat, but of course they deserve it! Great shout out about the special holiday tips -- like knowing your emergency vet --- ummm I have to go find out who our is!

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(December 20, 2017)

Katie

I always struggle to think of gifts for our dogs, Iggy and Raleigh! They are super chewers, so we're very careful what kind of toys they play with.

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(December 20, 2017)

Dash Kitten

We think too many people forget the to turn off the lights when they go out to visit friends or family.It causes a lot of fires (we have had them here in New Zealand).

Maybe Layla can earn her keep in cuddles eh??

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(December 20, 2017)

Amy Shojai, CABC

I've been telling Karma-Kat that he's getting the best present of all...time with moi! *s* Seriously, he's felt neglected and lonely since he lost his two furry friends, so I'm making lots of plans to just sit and be with him, and play of course. Shhhh, there are also TREATZ in his stocking!

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(December 20, 2017)

Sandy Kubillus

I like that Layla has more coats than you! I too had a hard time figuring on something for Buffy. She's almost 9 and has a large basket of toys but all she plays with are squeaky balls. She has way to many beds and coats since I used to have three dogs and am now down to only her. I settled on special decorated cookies from the pet store and one squeaky stuffed animal.

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(December 20, 2017)

Dear Mishu

it's so funny that Layla has more coats than you, especially since you live somewhere warm and she has a built in coat! so cutely spoiled!

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(December 20, 2017)

Beth

The best gifts in life are love and good health. Thanks for these safety reminders. Layla is such a lucky dog because she has you in her life.

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(December 20, 2017)

Michelle & The Paw Pack

My dogs are super spoiled too. This year for Yule I didn't get them many toys because, well, they already have 4 toy boxes full! I tried to focus on things like healthy chews/treats. I think things like blankets, new beds, new leashes/harnesses, and such are good ideas too, especially for spoiled dogs who don't need anymore toys. Happy holidays!!

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(December 20, 2017)

The Daily Pip

I do understand about spoiling Layla since you weren't able to spoil Baby. Though I am sure Baby is right there with you in spirit enjoying everything with Layla.

Happy last day of Hanukkah!

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(December 20, 2017)

The Island Cats

Aw, Layla isn't a spoiled brat...just well loved. :) We've decided to not get presents this year and give a bigger donation to our local animal shelter.

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(December 21, 2017)

Amelia Johnson

Gusto heard the toys as you activated them and now he wants to play with them too...Oh, no...he has so many toys already. Maybe he and Layla can exchange toys and then they would be all new again :-)

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(December 22, 2017)

Hindy Pearson

Talk about Jewish guilt, I'm feeling it now more than ever!! I didn't actually get the dogs any presents. Is that mean? Red just got a bunch of new sweaters when we were away a couple of months ago, and Jack will occasionally grab a stuffed toy and throw it around then walk away. I'm thinking Chanukah is past so it's too late, and we don't celebrate Christmas so I'm off the hook. I'm going to count the stuff I just donated to a local German Shepherd rescue as their gift. It has more meaning than anything I could ever buy them anyway!!

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(December 22, 2017)

Tenacious Little Terrier

Mr. N is getting a light up leash for Christmas! Now that the days are so short, I want him to be extra visible when we go for walks.

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(December 25, 2017)

Jana Rade

I'm having a hard time with this site loading. By the time the page loaded, I have no idea what the post was about. Ugh. So I'm just going to wish everybody Merry Christmas.

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Hanukkah has arrived which means also Pet Safety (December 12, 2017)

Layla



​Happy Hanukkah Everyone,

I cannot believe it is Hanukkah and 2017 is drawing to a close. It seems like yesterday we were discussing it and we doing it again, time goes too fast lately.

What is Hanukkah ? This is one of my favorite holidays as it is a happy one where we celebrate the Miracle of Light. Without light our lives would be dark and miserable so for me lighting the candles brings family time together, warmth, happiness and of course lots of fattening food.

Food ? Did we hear the word "Food" - Yes like many holidays this one has some great food involved and the tradition is that we eat fried food, symbolizing the oil that was found for the lamp for one day but it lasted 8 days and that is why we celebrate Hanukkah for 8 days, lighting a candle every night.

So what are the foods we eat, well that depends on what country you come from but traditionally in Israel it is Latkes and Sufganiyot (Hebrew for Donuts) and they are really good. We will now to get to the best part and that is the latke recipe, one for our pampered dogs and one for us humans, I am being nice and sharing both so no one feels left out LOL.




Doggy Latkes

Ingredients and Method
One sweet potato grated
One egg
Flour to bind it all together
Mix all in a bowl, spoon on to a baking sheet which is covered with parchment paper, bake on 350 Deg till brown on top, flip over and carry on baking till ready (golden brown) Cool and serve it to them with sour cream or cottage cheese.
This recipe makes about 5 or 6 depending on the size of the sweet potato.

Now for the human latkes recipe (I use the same recipe and make them sometimes with sweet potatoes​, corn​ or carrots)

Ingredients and Method
5 Russet Potatoes peeled (you can do unpeeled also)
2 Eggs
Breadcrumbs or Matza meal to bind it all together
​NOW to make life easier and tastier instead of crying while grating onions I use a packet of Lipton Onion Soup mix.
Squeeze all the water out of the potatoes, add the rest of the ingredients and mix together.
Heat up oil in a frying pan, I use Canola oil, drop a table spoon o​f​ the mixture into the hot oil, flattening them a bit, fry till golden brown on each side, drain on a paper towel. Serve hot with either sour cream or apple sauce.

Bon Appetit or as we say in Hebrew Batayavon.

Hanukkah Pet Safety
As always we must always remember the safety of our pets around hot oil, foods, candles and decorations so below is a list of how to keep our pet safe :

Doughnuts, also known as sufganiyot, are made of a fried dough filled with artificially colored red custard or jelly, and then sprinkled with powdered sugar. This celebratory pastry sounds tasty, yet is heavy on calories, fat, and sugar.
A pet’s ingestion of Hanukkah doughnuts could lead to gastrointestinal signs, including vomiting, diarrhea, and decreased appetite. Severe endocrine conditions, such as pancreatitis, can also ensue from your pet’s inappropriate ​donut​ consumption​, so please ​keep them away from your pets.

Latkes have​​ ​considerable toxic potential for pets. Potato and egg are combined with onion, fried in oil, and slathered with sour cream and/or applesauce. Fresh grated onion, one of the Latke’s three main ingredients​ is extremely poisonous. ​ Besides ​the ​onion’s, Latkes are high in fat and carbohydrates, which are likely to upset your pet’s ​tummy.​

​Chocolate Gold Coins - Each Hanukkah, children receive coin-shaped chocolates wrapped in gold or silver colored foil. We all know that chocolate can be deadly.

Dreidel - The whirling excitement of this four sided top may attract the interest of curious pets. Avoid dangerous gastrointestinal foreign body obstructions by preventing your pet from participating in this game. Keep the dreidel and other game pieces out of your pet’s reach at all times.

Hanukkiah - The Hannukiah is a quintessential Hanukkah symbol. Over eight successive days, the candles are ignited until the Hanukkiah is fully ablaze. That can pose potential life threatening danger for both pets and humans, since tradition dictates the candles burn themselves out, creating a fire hazard for the entire household. So please makes sure the Hanukkiah is out of reach from everyone in a safe sturdy place.

We have seven more days to go, oy vey as I love the food and not good for the diet LOL. May everyone have a wonderful Hanukkah and may the miracle of lights shine on all of you.

I am off now to dream of more latkes,

Woof with love from Layla





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(December 22, 2017)

Katie

I love the doggy latke recipe! We love trying new recipes at our house for our pups, so we'll have to give this one a try!

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(December 22, 2017)

Katie

I love the doggy latke recipe! We love trying new recipes at our house for our pups, so we'll have to give this one a try!

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(December 22, 2017)

Katie

I love the doggy latke recipe! We love trying new recipes at our house for our pups, so we'll have to give this one a try!

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(December 22, 2017)

Katie

I love the doggy latke recipe! We love trying new recipes at our house for our pups, so we'll have to give this one a try!

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(December 22, 2017)

Katie

I love the doggy latke recipe! We love trying new recipes at our house for our pups, so we'll have to give this one a try!

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(December 22, 2017)

Katie

I love the doggy latke recipe! We love trying new recipes at our house for our pups, so we'll have to give this one a try!

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(December 22, 2017)

Katie

I love the doggy latke recipe! We love trying new recipes at our house for our pups, so we'll have to give this one a try!

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(December 22, 2017)

Katie

I love the doggy latke recipe! We love trying new recipes at our house for our pups, so we'll have to give this one a try!

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(December 22, 2017)

Katie

I love the doggy latke recipe! We love trying new recipes at our house for our pups, so we'll have to give this one a try!

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(December 22, 2017)

Sweet Purrfections

I hope you have a pleasant Hanukkah. Your ideas for safety for pets during this holiday season is important year round.

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(December 22, 2017)

Katie

I love the doggy latke recipe! We love trying new recipes at our house for our pups, so we'll have to give this one a try!

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(December 19, 2017)

Layla

Thanks all for your comments which we really appreciate :)

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(December 14, 2017)

Sadie

Indeed, it doesn't seem any time has passed since we celebrated last year! Love, love, love Latkes. Batayavon to you as well and thanks for sharing these safety tips!

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(December 14, 2017)

Paul Kirhagis

Happy Holidays to you! I'm always fascinated to hear the different traditions of the different holidays from the people who celebrate them! And, of course, keeping our pets safe throughout the holidays is super important for everyone!

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(December 13, 2017)

Beth

Happy Hanukkah! I hope to make both recipes, I think my dogs would like their version, and I know I'd like the version for people.

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(December 13, 2017)

Amelia Johnson

Since Gusto already eats pumpkin and eggs, I think he would really like the Latkes. Thanks for the recipe and for sharing your traditions. Happy Hanukkah!

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(December 13, 2017)

Irene McHugh

Love the doggy latkes recipe! What a great idea for including them. May your Hanukkah be full with love, health, happiness, and hope!

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(December 13, 2017)

Lola The Rescued Cat

Happy Hannukah! Thank you for sharing your recipe for latkes. I love them! My co-worker always makes me matzoh ball soup this time of year and I always look forward to it.

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(December 13, 2017)

Sonja

Those treats look AMAZING! may have to make them and tiny tot size them. Thanks for the share and ... Happy Holidays! ENJOY!!

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(December 13, 2017)

Susan Friedland-Smith

I just ate breakfast but your description of the human and canine latkes sounds amazing and now my mind is on food! Happy Hanukkah! I hope you have wonderful holiday time with your humans and furry friends.

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(December 13, 2017)

Lori Hilliard

The latkes recipe for dogs sounds so good I'll be making those and eating some myself!

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(December 13, 2017)

Debbie

Mmmm, Latkes! I used to work at a Jewish Preschool (a JCC) in Florida for a few years and we always made them with our class. So good. Your dog recipe sounds delicious. Happy Hanukkah!

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(December 13, 2017)

Kamira G.

Happy Hanukkah Layla & Rochelle! Hmm those latkes sound yummy. Enjoy the delicious treats this holiday. Peace, love and light.

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(December 13, 2017)

Hindy Pearson

Happy Chanukah Layla and Rochelle! I like the doggie latke recipe, I may just try that and tonight I will be making latkes for the humans. Interesting idea to add onion soup mix haven't heard of that one! I put sunglasses on when I chop onions I read that trick somewhere and it works like a charm. Chanukah candles didn't arrive so sadly I'm going high tech and lighting the "virtual" menorah. Definitely not the same.

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(December 13, 2017)

Rochelle

Happy Hanukkah! I LOVE latkes!!! So sweet that you included recipes for both humans and pups. Those toys are adorable, too!

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(December 13, 2017)

Joely Smith

A very happy Hanukkah to you and Layla! I have always been so intrigued by the holiday and events but I had no idea food was such a big part of it!! I suppose in retrospect food is always part of every holiday isn't it. I don't know though I really love the way the Latkes sound! My kind of food there! Enjoy your celebrations!

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(December 15, 2017)

sara lafountain

We are going to try your dog latkes for our dog Molly! I think she will love them. Thank you for sharing the recipe.

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(December 13, 2017)

Dear Mishu

doggy latkes! I wannnnnntttt that! why don't my humans do that for me?

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(December 14, 2017)

The Daily Pip

Happy Hannukah! Gosh, the food sounds good - especially Latkes! I love anything with potatoes. But yes, always important to be careful with rich foods are pets.

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(December 22, 2017)

Dash Kitten

Merry Christmas and give your mom a break young lady. She needs spoiling too (and we hope she is!!)!

Merry Christmas :-)

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Happiness is ..... (December 5, 2017)

Layla



Good Morning All,

With all that is happening all over the world which is worrying Mom we discussed and decided to have a happy blog this week. With the holidays around the corner, everyone has their religion and holiday it is going to be a busy month for us all.

Mom is getting everything ready for Hanukkah which starts next Tuesday evening which I am really excited about, we will have latkes yummm and yes in our next blog you will see the picture plus of course the recipe, plus Mom said she is going to break her diet and make Sufganiyot (Donuts in Hebrew) as during Hanukkah those humans eat lots of oily food, oy vey.

But now we going to focus on the happy fun weekend we had. Mom worked as usual but the fun part of Mom working for Grandma Lucy's is that we can go to different dog parks to spread the word about their yummy food and treats.

On Sunday was a really special day in our dog park, Duboce Park as they had music in the park. Scott who is Daddy to Dot and Dash (two dachshunds) got his band together, and they got all dressed up and stood under one of my favorite trees and played Christmas Carols.

It was so awesome as we sat under a tree on our blanket with one of my Uncles, coffee for Mom, water and treats for me, and just relaxed, watched the all the dogs play and listened to music. Of course one or two of the dogs had a howl here and there but hey they need to join in and sing, isn't that what Christmas music is all about.

It was so relaxing, the weather was gorgous, warm and sunny and a perfect way to spend a Sunday. Yes of course Mom handed out samples of dog food and treats, spoke to people but also just sat back with me on her lap listening.

Of course I had to go and check out the musicians while Mom took pictures and Mom got worried I might pee on one of the cases that hold the instruments but I was a good girl. I also met some new friends, found a really wonderful blanket to sit on (not ours) and then would not let the dogs whose blanket it was, sit on it HA, its mine. Mom and the owner of the other dogs just laughed as they thought it funny. I can be naughty when I want to.

So that was our weekend, Music in the Dog Park, a wonderful relaxing day. What did you do this weekend ? Please share your stories.

Now as usual, my job and it is hard dictating to Mom what to write, I must go to back to bed to relax and maybe will be paid with an extra treat.

Have a wonderful happy week everyone,
Woof with love from Me, Layla


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(February 18, 2018)

Joelle

That sounds like a wonderful day! Your holiday sounds lovey, I love me some latkes!

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(December 7, 2017)

Hindy Pearson

I so enjoying reading what you've been up to Layla. I think my dogs might be jealous it's warm enough to relax in the park because it's already cold where we live. You probably don't know this but Chanukah is my favourite holiday. If you can believe it's impossible to get Chanukah candles anywhere near us I just ordered some from Israel. I too will be making latkes but as for the jelly donuts - they might have to be store bought. I found a delicious looking recipe but I don't have a deep fryer. Can't wait to see a picture of you with your menorah, just remember not to get too close!!

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(December 7, 2017)

Talent Hounds

We had a relaxing weekend as Mom returned from a trip. Lots of walks and a visit to a big garden on a ravine with great smells.

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(December 6, 2017)

Paul Kirhagis

There is a star gazing event on the 9th at the Nature reserve by our house. I had completely forgotten about wanting to go until I read this! Thank you for that, I can't wait to relax under the stars!

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(December 6, 2017)

Sweet Purrfections

Music in the park sounds like a wonderful way to spend the weekend or any other time. We hope you have a wonderful holiday season.

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(December 6, 2017)

Dash Kitten

I loved your video you did of the park visit. One of the best things about a dog park must be the company and doggy fun!

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(December 6, 2017)

Lori Hilliard

It's so nice of you to make a video from the dog park. You had a busy weekend. My dog Soldier mostly napped and took walks, but being 19 years old has slowed him down a bit!

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(December 6, 2017)

Leanne Southall

This weekend was also beautiful here in Southern California! We had lots of trail hikes with doggies that enjoy being together to explore nature!

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(December 6, 2017)

Leanne Southall

This weekend was also beautiful here in Southern California! We had lots of trail hikes with doggies that enjoy being together to explore nature!

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(December 6, 2017)

The Daily Pip

I am glad you were able to enjoy a day in the park with sunshine, music, and good friends (and coffee for your mom).

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(December 6, 2017)

Joely Smith

Layla you are a HOOT! Stealing blankets huh? It's okay I would do the same! Sounds like you and your mom had such a wonderful time.

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(December 6, 2017)

Carleen

What a perfect day! I love the idea of music in the dog park!

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(December 6, 2017)

Beth

There are certainly a lot of things to worry about, it is nice to have a happy place to go to. I enjoyed the video of the musicians in the dog park, especially when the Doxie on wheels rolled in. What a great way to spend the weekend. It sounds like your mom is going to have lots of good food to eat over Hanukkah.

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Hanukkah, Christmas here they come (November 28, 2017)

Layla



Good Morning all,

December has arrived and that means in our house we celebrate Hanukkah and Layla of course gets Christmas also as like any Mom I don't want her to feel she is missing out on something, so she has a cute pink stocking which I hang up for her with treats in.

Thank goodness Hanukkah is early this year, starting the 12 December and ending the 20th and then oy vey a few days later Christmas arrives.

Hanukkah is the miracle of lights but I am praying for a miracle for peace on earth as I feel that 2017 has been too much of a bumpy road. I will in next weeks blog share with you some of the foods we eat, with recipes including my recipe for Layla's doggy latkes which she slurps up.

The past week I was off from work which was wonderful, Layla and I spent quality time together visiting different dog parks, eating everything we should not LOL and in a nutshell it was a wonderful week and most of the time the weather was great.
It gave me an opportunity to relax after being pickpocketed the week before and balance myself out, and there is no better way than just sitting in a dog park, dog happy wandering around, and me drinking my coffee, NO electronics just us.

Layla also got a haircut, I tried a new groomer, a Japanese woman who was amazing and when I asked her for a puppy cut what I did not realize is that puppy cuts are different in Japan to what they do here in the States so Layla got an Asian one and personally it is the best one she has ever had. What I really loved about this groomer and I will go back to her is that she sits with you when you drop your dog off, asks what you want and writes it down, the dogs are roaming around not in cages plus she is quick. I dropped her off at 10.30 and got the call at 1 pm to pick her up WOW, the last one I took her to kept her till 5 in the afternoon and they were caged which I did not like.

We did not go anywhere for Thanksgiving, my choice as I did not feel like getting dressed and I told my Boss who invited us that if I could arrive in my pink fluffy slippers and pjamas I would arrive, he laughed and said chill out all is good. I am very blessed to have been working with this family for more than 8 years so am part of the family and have a wonderful relationship with them, they are my family in the USA.

As we thanked everyone the past couple of weeks for their wonderful products, the amazing organizations that have helped me, and all of you that read my blog we decided to spoil one lucky Dog Mom with a surprise gift - we decided to keep it a surprise as it will then be another little parcel under your tree or LOL next to the Hanukkiah.

This giveaway is open to the USA and Canada also, it is just a small little something for a Mom, good luck to all that enter and it is sponsored by Auction4PetSupplies and Bossy Layla.

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Have a wonderful week all, happy shopping to those that are still busy doing it, and treasure the memories you make while decorating your trees,

With a woof with love from Layla





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(December 2, 2017)

Lisa F.

I don't remember if it was for Christmas or not, but a "funny" gift a friend got me was a deer bag, since I am a vegetarian and not pro-hunting. :P

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(December 2, 2017)

Tough Cookie Mommy

I love including our dog too during the holidays. He is a part of our family so it makes perfect sense to do so.

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(December 2, 2017)

Tami

The most funny give I ever received were a pair of Hello Kitty undies. Yuck!!

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(December 1, 2017)

Jeanine

Pickpocketed? Wow, that is crazy. I couldn't imagine. I can't say I've ever gotten a really strange gift before but my kids are all still young and I know at some point they'll get me some great ones!

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(December 1, 2017)

Catherine Sargent

I am so sorry to hear that you were pickpocketed, but at least you have a relaxing week after that happened. I am sure Layla enjoyed visiting the dog parks.

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(November 30, 2017)

Linda Szymoniak

I guess the strangest gift I ever got was some really silly socks - only to find out that the giver had mixed up my gift with someone else's. I actually would have liked to have those socks, too!

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(November 29, 2017)

Amelia Johnson

So sorry you had your pocket picked...Layla would never have allowed that to happen. Peace is what I want too. Those Asian haircuts are just what Layla ordered...so glad you found an excellent groomer that grooms with love.

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(November 30, 2017)

Sandra Townsend

The groomer you found sounds great, sounds like she's a small business owner which is always good to support. I look forward to your recipes maybe I'll see something to try! Sandra and Dolly

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(November 29, 2017)

Sandy Weinstein

not really a funny gift, but my ex best friend gave me a bottle of hand soap. i was very taken back, b/c i had just spent over 80-100 on her gift. i should have known better b/c she did things like this every year.

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(November 29, 2017)

happygodoodle

Awwww...it sounds like you had wonderful together times with Layla. Happy Hanukkah to both of you!

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(November 29, 2017)

Irene McHugh

Happy Hanukkah! Sounds like life is looking up because you're focusing on the things that matter to you. I'm so happy that you found such a caring and efficient groomer! Letting the pups roam around is such a great socialization opportunity for them. I bet Layla loved it!

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(November 29, 2017)

Beth

December is a busy and festive month for you and Layla! I'm glad you were able to relax at home for Thanksgiving.

My family once gave me a fake dog nose to wear, joking that I like dogs so much, that I wanted to be one. It made me laugh, especially when everyone (the humans) took turns modeling it.

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(November 29, 2017)

Beke Lubeach

Lucky Layla for getting to celebrate Chanukah and Christmas! Every dog should get to experience so much joy!

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(November 29, 2017)

Dear Mishu

Happy Hanukkah to you! I think Mishu is going to get 8 days of hikes and trips to the dog park as a gift!

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(November 29, 2017)

Layla

Yes she is one lucky girl but I keep the gifts tiny to spread over all the holidays

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(November 29, 2017)

Michelle

I am looking forward to learning more about Hanukkah from you. So sad to hear that you were pickpocketed, it sounds like time at home and in the park with Layla has done you the world of good, which is not surprising really.

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(November 29, 2017)

Layla

Thanks Michelle, I always say the best medicine is out doors in a park

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(November 29, 2017)

Cathy Armato

Im so sorry you were pick-pocketed, that's awful! How people can be so rotten is beyond me. It happened to me a few times in Manhattan's, its such a hassle notifying cred card companies & banks, replacing your driver's license, etc. Im glad you havent let it dampen your holiday spirit & I love that Layla gets to celebrate two holidays! She deserves it.
Love & biscuits,
Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

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(November 29, 2017)

Layla

Thanks Cathy, she is a lucky girl to celebrate both. Pickpocketing is a nightmare but thank goodness the bank made it so much easier for me phew.

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(November 29, 2017)

Kamira Gayle

So sorry to hear about the pickpocket and the troubles in 2017. I too was so much more optimistic at the start of 2017 and this year (around the world) has been...less than stellar. However you are right, we should count our blessings, learn to take a moment to "unplug and unwind" and enjoy the precious moments with our loved ones and furballs. Happy Hanukkah & Merry Christmas when it comes!

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(November 29, 2017)

Layla

Kamira I feel you, it just so sad what is going on everywhere, sending you some positive prayers your way and lets pray that 2018 will be a better year xxx

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(December 2, 2017)

Molly

My mother once gave my husband a can of soup. I can’t think of anything off hand that I’ve received that’s super funny though.

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(December 2, 2017)

Molly

My mother once gave my husband a can of soup. I can’t think of anything off hand that I’ve received that’s super funny though.

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(December 2, 2017)

Molly

My mother once gave my husband a can of soup. I can’t think of anything off hand that I’ve received that’s super funny though.

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My final thanks ............. (November 21, 2017)

Layla

Happy Thanksgiving all !!!!!



Thanksgiving has arrived and with it I have my personal thanks to many for pushing me forward when I fell, stood by me through it all, I am not going to name them as the list is long but I think the most important person to thank today is my brown beady eyed monster who has been with me since Baby died.

This blog is dedicated to a clown, a quirky furry lil black dog who is in my eyes and some of my friends one in a million. Her personality is just something else and the older she gets the quirkier and funnier she gets.




What can I say ! I rescued Layla, a shy cute little dog who was afraid of everyone and this is her today.

The list is long but am going to share some with you :

01. She loves sleeping in in the mornings but always has to wake me at about 5 to get under the covers and cuddle. She goes back to sleep and me ........

02. She loves her morning walks, best time of day, the longer for her the better, trotting along wagging her tail all happy. Along the way 10 minutes smelling each pole, if a door is open to a shop, house or car she will casually try going in. Mom wants to go left Madam will want to go right, we zig zag walk and Ms Happiness does not care that Mom wants coffee.

Layla has also now found birds, so if she sees one she juts out to bark at it thinking herself so smart, she is always on a leash so she cannot run into the streets and her harness really helps although there are days that my shoulder hurts.

03. Park Time - Layla loves visiting everyone in the park. If I take a blanket to hang out on the lawns, she joins me and then goes visiting all the neighbors till she finds the blanket she really likes and lies down, keeping an eye on me. The foods do not interest her, the people do and she has even climbed on a womans back to sleep. Thank goodness it is a dog park and everyone just laughs and loves her up.

Another favorite of hers is to jump on peoples laps when they sit on the benches, that way she can see what is happening and of course keeping an eye on me.

Her favorite person in the park is Tock, a Buddhist Monk, who spoils all the dogs with treats. He is like the pied piper in his Buddhist robes with all the dogs walking behind him, all sizes including his two cute Pomeranians, it is quite a sight to see. I just have to say Layla look whose there and like a bullet she runs to him LOL.

BUT when Madam wants to go home, she lies on the ground with her face to the exit and here and there staring at me as if to say lets go home. I call it the guilt look.

04. Bully sticks - I don't know how many times I have slept with them as her favorite is to walk around the house moaning with one in her mouth till she finds a place to hide it, my bed, my pillow case, her beds, on the floor in the middle of the bathroom, you name it there is one there. I once a week do a collection of them and put them in her bully box and she starts all over again.

05. Toys - her favorite is to come home from the park and jump on the bed and start squeaking non stop till she sees her dinner and then off she goes to eat. Layla has more toys than I ever had as a kid, I think there must be about 50 lying all over my bed.

06. She loves the boys I tutor and when one of them spend the day with me if sick, Layla is in her element as they both sleep on my bed together, her love for them is magic.

07. She loves the UPS guy, and every parcel that arrives she wags her tail thinking it is for her and literally climbs into some of them if they are big enough, if it is not for her I have to give her a treat to keep her happy, in other words, Mom is not allowed to get parcels, only the bills.

08. Rain - no ways - Madam will walk under the eaves of the buildings while I get wet.

09. Night time, we normally go for a walk at nights and then I brush her, clean her teeth and then I will get ready for bed. Her favorite is to jump on my belly while I am watching TV, yes I become a trampoline till she settles down and then we have our nightly talk about the following days activities, she will then start wiggling, wagging her tail, and when she has had enough she goes to lie next to me, till she then jumps on me, then on to the floor and goes to her bed.

That is our life, yes there are other things we do, bus rides which she loves, the beach, different dog parks, dog events, but as I type this I can see how much I adore her, how she keeps me fit with all the walking, gets me to hang out in the park which I love with my coffee.

When I am Skyping my Mom or Brother she is on the desk also just in case she should miss out and has cut us off many a time. My Mom and her have long chats, my Mom will even say I have spoken to you enough its time for grand pup and Me LOL.

There is never a dull moment in our little studio.

This blog, is a special thanks to her, Layla you have over the past 7 years brought me so much laughter, you keep me amused, and I would not change it in any other way.

Yes, you are one in a million with a happy loving sweet personality and I am so blessed to have you with me and proud to be your Mom.

On this note we would like to thank everyone for reading our blogs, commenting, entering the giveaways and just being part of our life, thank you.

Now we are handing it over to you to hear who you are thankful to ?



Please remember to keep your fur kids safe this Thanksgiving.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving everyone, with lots of love, laughter food and family.

Woof with love
Layla

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(November 29, 2017)

Julie Dawson

The funniest thing I've received was a completely glittered tree skirt. Glitter was everywhere!!

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(November 28, 2017)

Tonya Wilhelm

How very sweet. I love Layla and her Woofs. She is such an amazing dog and very inspiring. Keep up the great work and stay strong.

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(November 27, 2017)

Liz Mays

Layla sounds like the sweetest thing! It's really cool that she's friendly to other people!

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(November 27, 2017)

Heather Johnson

My three dogs are grateful for walks. All three are also grateful for treats and that my kids drop food on the floor!

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(November 27, 2017)

Nichole

So glad Layla has helped you heal and move along. They bring us so much joy!

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(November 27, 2017)

Joline

We've been on the fence about adopting a dog but reading this really makes me want to do it! Layla is precious.

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(November 27, 2017)

Neely Moldovan

Layla sounds like a wonderful dog! So many wonderful stories with her!

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(November 27, 2017)

Scott

Isn't it amazing the happiness a new dog can bring into a life? Thanks for rescuing Layla!

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(November 27, 2017)

Cathy Armato

What a delightful post! You rescued Layla, and it kind of sounds like she rescued you too! I loved hearing about all of Layla's adorable quirks. This post is a great way to thank her for being such a big part of your life!
Love & Biscuits,
Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

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(November 25, 2017)

Dash Kitten

Layla is something special isn't she!! What a girl :-)

We hope you had a great thanksgiving!

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(November 23, 2017)

Bree

Aw how sweet! Layla sounds like such a wonderful, fun-loving dog. I'm happy that you two have each other! Pets can always make such a huge difference in our lives.

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(November 24, 2017)

Paroma

Layla is such a precious girl, and this is such a special post! I am so thankful to have my furkid Babu in my life too. He is 14 so I am thankful for all the time I have with him.

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(November 23, 2017)

Talent Hounds

Thank goodness you and Layla found each other. I am most thankful for family, friends, and Kilo the Pug - may we have health and happiness for all of us.

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(November 23, 2017)

Layla

Happy Thanksgiving everyone, thank you for reading about me and commenting, yes Mom is special and I am blessed and thankful for her writing this blog about me so you all know more about my quirks and good life.

I am one lucky rescued girl !!!!!!!!!!

Lots of love from Layla


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(November 23, 2017)

Sweet Purrfections

We're thankful for all of our friends in the BlogPaws and beyond. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Mom Paula, Truffle, and Brulee

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(November 23, 2017)

Monika

Layla sounds like such a sweet dog :) You are happy to have each other. Happy Thanksgiving!

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(November 23, 2017)

Michelle

I love how our pets have their own characters and how we let them guide us through the day, together. Layla clearly is very special and the bond between you is evident. Happy Thanksgiving to you both.

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(November 23, 2017)

Heather Wallace

This is a beautiful love letter to Layla. You have such a wonderful relationship and it's something to be grateful for surely. Happy Thanksgiving.

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(November 22, 2017)

Kitty Cat Chronicles

Happy Thanksgiving, Layla and Mom! You guys sure do have a lot to be thankful for :) We do too - we are thankful for each other and all of the love we share in our family full of fur babies! Have a safe and happy day tomorrow.

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(November 22, 2017)

Jill

This was such an awesome list -- but seriously, a Buddhist Monk in the park? I need to come hang out in your park!

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(November 22, 2017)

Joely Smith

I think it is absolutely beautiful that you are giving thanks to Layla! The joys that our furkids bring to us are countless!! I would love to see Tock hanging with the pets at the park!!!

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(November 22, 2017)

Kelly

Seems like Layla and my Edie have a few things in common- not liking the rain, and thinking when the delivery truck comes the packages are always for her :) Wishing you and Layla a very Happy Thanksgiving

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(November 22, 2017)

kimberly freeman

She sounds simply adorable.
Her adventures in the park and jumping on peoples laps are simply adorable.
Surprised she likes the UPS guy lol

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(November 23, 2017)

Sandy Kubillus

Layla sounds like a great dog and you have a great relationship. You have a lot to be thankful for.I just lost one of my buddies recently, so give Layla an extra hug on this Thanksgiving.

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(November 22, 2017)

Marsha Hartnett

Oh Layla you are adorable - I have enjoyed mommy's stories of your adventures for years - love the picture and video's- and so happy that you rescued each other - hugs from Aunty Marsha is Canada

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(November 21, 2017)

Ruthie

We love you Layla and love your quirks

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(November 22, 2017)

Marjorie at Dash Kitten

Oh the way you describe her antics really makes me smile. What a gift she is :-)

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(November 23, 2017)

Tenacious Little Terrier

A Buddhist monk Pied Piper sounds like quite the sight. The rule in our house is no bully sticks on the couch or bed!

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(November 26, 2017)

Beth

I'm so happy that Layla is living the good life now! It makes me happy to know she's thriving and so happy.

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Week Two of Thanks (November 15, 2017)

Layla



Good Morning All,

We are one week away from Thanksgiving and our weekly thanks this week goes to the people that have kept Layla healthy with the good food she eats, the shampoos, dental products, harness and of course treats.

As you all know I am a fussy Mom making sure Layla has the best of all, but my priority is food and that is the reason I took the job with Grandma Lucy's as their freeze dried food has never had recalls, grain free and and made in California plus the Macanna has all the supplements included which she needs to keep her healthy. What I really love about the Grandma Lucy's is the Pre-Mix which gives me the option to add the protein that I want so I can alternate every week.

They also have the most amazing Organic Oven Baked Biscuits in different fruity flavors, and I know you will think I am crazy but they are delicious, I also eat them.


Our first thanks goes to Grandma Lucy's for their fantastic food.

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Teeth - another very important health issue with dogs, Layla arrived from the shelter with black teeth and today they are pearly white. Life has become so easy with keeping her teeth that way since we are using TropiClean Products. We use their Fresh Breath Oral Care and Gel which I swear by. Her breath smells of Vanilla Mint.

Our second thanks goes to Tropiclean for keeping Layla's teeth white.

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Grooming - there is nothing like a smelly dog LOL. And that is where once again I am going to speak about the Shampoo/Conditioner that I use on Layla. I use on Layla the Papaya & Coconut Shampoo/Condtioner also by Tropiclean. She smells like fruit after a bath plus her fur is soft and silky.

Our third thanks goes to Tropiclean for the fruity smelling Layla.

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Harness - I only walk Layla with a harness. Have done so from day one and find it makes life very easy. I love our Hug-A-Dog-Harness from Dachshund Delights. What I love about them is they are custom made, they are a vest - style harness and most of all made in the USA by a small biz. I highly recommend them as Layla does not get matts in her fur like she did from others.



Our fourth thanks goes to Dachshund Delights

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Treats glorious treats - BOL - these I stumbled on on Facebook one day, and they have become a hit in our house. Layla especially loves the freeze dried lamb chop treats, the chicken treats and what can I say she is hooked on them all. The packaging is awesome and the jerky well hmmmm as Layla woofs licking her lips, are the best.



Our fifth thanks goes to American Butcher Brand for the wonderful treats.

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Night has arrived, and with the rain at the moment which unsettles Layla, I love the Eu de Bedtime Calming spray - it is an is an all-natural proprietary blend of essential oils to calm your canine, I spray her bed and bedtime toys and she sleeps like a baby.

Our sixth thanks goes out to Bedtime Calming Spray



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I am thankful for all the above for giving us their products for the shout out or as Layla would say the Woof Out but we believe sharing is caring and we want all our fur friends to be able to enjoy them also.

Without these products I do not think Layla would be as healthy and happy as she is and I am blessed to have her that way.

So on this note, its raining crazy outside, Layla is of course in her box - her safe haven, have a great week all, we hope you will visit the sites we listed to see their wonderful products (shhh Christmas or Hanukkah is around the corner)

Woof with love from Layla


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(November 16, 2017)

Cathy Armato

It's so nice that you express thanks for these wonderful brands that have enriched Layla's life!
Love & Biscuits,
Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

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(November 15, 2017)

Sweet Purrfections

It looks like you have a lot of products to be thankful for, but the most important thing you have is each other. Have a great Thanksgiving!

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(November 15, 2017)

Kamira Gayle

Hmm I never heard of Tropiclean products before. Nice they have a variety of products to help Layla stay so fresh and so clean. And I agree...love a fresh smelling dog (or cat). :)

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(November 15, 2017)

Cathi

Eau de bedtime - ohhhh! So adorable! I think I just found Danny's holiday shopping list. And we're in the market for some new dental products because he teeth are so hard to keep clean. Will def check out tropiclean

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(November 15, 2017)

Lori Hilliard

I'll be doing some online shopping to get some of these great recommendations. My dog loves freeze-dried meat treats, so I'm going to surprise him with some of the treats you recommended - especially the chicken ones, as that is by far his favorite flavor. You mentioned that the halter prevents Layla's fur from matting - that's huge for any dog with a curly or long coat! No more wrestling with a detangling comb and no more pulling until it hurts. Thanks for the recommendations!

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(November 15, 2017)

Lola The Rescued Cat

Layla and you both have so many things to be thankful for. I need to reflect on all of the things I am most grateful fir.

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(November 15, 2017)

Ruthie

WOW Layla you are one spoiled lucky girl, maybe we should move in to live with you BOL

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(November 15, 2017)

Amelia Johnson

I purchased a Hug-A-Dog Harness from the creator back in 2003. When my puppy outgrew it, I gave it to a Dachshund that wore it for many years. This is a quality harness!

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(November 15, 2017)

Joely Smith

So many great products for pets you have listed and it's time for holiday shopping. In our home that includes our fur family! We even buy for our friends pets!
We can't forget our furbabies!! They DO know when something is going on like a holiday!
I can't believe how fast the are approaching! I did not even realize it is only a week from Thanksgiving until I read your post!
Thanks for the great ideas for gifts.
Will check them out - those we do not already purchase that is.

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(November 15, 2017)

Karlee

I haven't ever heard of pre-mix before but now I'm super interested in looking up more about that! I should also get some more Fresh Breath we used to use that and I don't remember her breath smelling as bad then! These are some good things to be thankful for!

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A special thanks to two wonderful organizations when I remember Baby R.I.P. (November 7, 2017)

Layla



Hello friends,

This week is bitter sweet as on the 10th is the anniversary of Baby passing at the age of 6 from IMHA. It was one of the hardest days of my life, that dreadful Monday morning at about 8 am, when we had to let her cross the Rainbow Bridge.

She had brought me so much joy, strength, happiness, unconditional love and the list can go on, but through her I learned so much more. She left me when I was safe, finally in my own home and from the feeling of being able to live and give her a peaceful life, I was suddenly alone and my rock, trooper and partner in my life was gone. I miss her on a daily basis, there are times I still talk to her, I still have the bagel she hid under the bed, her fur in a locket in my wallet but I also know that she is smiling at me from above, laughing at Layla and that gives me some sense of peace.

She came into my life when we needed each other, she left when she knew I was safe and I could open my heart to a new lil one who did not have those awful scars, and I thank her for giving me the opportunity to rescue Layla.

When running from my ex with Baby, there are two organizations that I have to say a special thanks to, and those are the ones I am going to talk about today especially as I have a special bond with them, plus they are still part of my life today.

Shalom Bayit - Peace in the House

Shalom Bayit is the Domestic Violence Organization that helped me get to San Francisco. Upon arrival they immediately stepped in to foster Baby while I was in the shelter, without these wonderful women who all became foster Moms to Baby I am not sure where I would be today. She was one spoiled pup, and personally when I look back at it I was so blessed as it gave me time to heal, get my life in order and not have to worry about her. Yes she did after a time come live with me in the shelter but having them help out in the beginning just made life easier.

Who are they ?

Shalom Bayit's mission is to foster the social change and community response necessary. To eradicate Domestic Violence in the Jewish Community and in general as well.
Each year Shalom Bayit provides more than 90 battered women with:
Crisis intervention, safety planning, advocacy, support groups, individual counseling, and spiritual healing support
Tools for building healthy families and relationships
Transforming communities: ABUSE PREVENTION/EDUCATION

Hundreds of Jewish communal professionals and individuals receive:

• Community education, outreach, public awareness and training
• Confidential consultations to rabbis, congregations, health & mental health professionals, service providers, and friends/family members of those experiencing domestic violence
• Development of innovative prevention strategies and Jewish communal responses to abuse

Transforming our future: YOUTH EDUCATION

Since 2002 Shalom Bayit has provided over 14,000 Jewish youth & their advocates with
• Healthy relationships workshops, teen outreach, dating violence prevention programs for middle-, high school, & college students

• Companion programs for parents and Jewish educators

• National Love Shouldn’t Hurt Jewish teen dating violence prevention curriculum
Thank you Sarah, for helping me with the blog.

For more information about this wonderful organization you can find it on their website :

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For more information about Love Shouldn't Hurt you can find it on their website :

Click here

The Second organization that I have a big thanks to is PAWS SF - PAWS San Francisco.

Who are they ?

One of the organizations that has supported Layla (they helped Baby also) over the years is PAWS SF (Pets Are Wonderful Support). It is wonderful that PAWS helps so many people in the community who need support to keep their pets in their lives. Specifically, PAWS works with 600 low-income seniors and people with disabling illnesses, and their 800 pets. They would love to do more, especially since they have a long waitlist of people in need of their support, and you can help! If you would like to volunteer with PAWS SF, they are seeking pet care volunteers – for example, for dog walking for clients with limited mobility, pet foster care volunteers for when clients need to go to the hospital themselves, and pet food bank volunteers to help provide cat and dog food to clients. PAWS is a program of The Shanti Project.

PAWS services are truly unique because PAWS not only helps pay for vet care services, but helps clients obtain those services for their pets. These services include identifying clients’ obstacles to maintaining ongoing veterinary services, recognizing that people who are low-income and isolated may not be able to hold all aspects of caring for their pet, especially when their pet is facing chronic or acute medical issues (or when a client is facing chronic or acute medical issues). Because of this, PAWS’ support services for clients include transportation assistance to and from the vet, pet food delivery for homebound clients, and cat litterbox cleaning for clients with limited physical abilities. This holistic model allows not only for pets to maintain their health, but also it helps ensure that these pets can actually stay with their human guardians and that they can both benefit from this powerful companionship in the long-term.

Thank you Katherine - PAWS Program Director for assisting me with this blog.

All information you can find on their website :

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So as I sit here, thinking about how fortunate I am, how blessed I have been to have had these two amazing organizations as part of my life, and they are still today, I want others to know you are not alone, there is always someone there to reach out to. Some things have changed since I ran like foster programs for pets, there is a lot more help out there today compared to when I started, but the start is the hardest and I am thankful that I am one of the lucky ones that managed to get away with Baby and start a new safe life with them and the shelters I stayed in guiding me.

On this note, thanks to everyone else, who have read our journey, shared our journey and hopefully one day the world will be a better place where there will be no Domestic Violence, no abuse but the opposite, we will all be living in harmony together, no matter what race, religion or gender.

Have a safe week with woof from Layla



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(December 5, 2017)

Sandy Weinstein

thank you so much for sharing your story. i know how difficult it is to lose a "child". Evie passes away in Aug, and i still cry everyday. i have the little memorial and her urn on my piano. i dont think you ever get over the loss of a loved one. you try to do everything you can to keep them safe, healthy, and loved. i know she is smiling on you in heaven. thank you for sharing abt these great organizations. i have never heard of them. it was wonderful how they helped you. now look at you and how far you have gone...have a wonderful holiday season and Happy Hanukkah.

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(November 13, 2017)

Spencer the Goldendoodle

Thank you so much for sharing Baby's story. It's amazing how dogs leave paw prints in our hearts forever.

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(December 6, 2017)

ShellyC

The funniest gift I ever got was a fake poop of a dog.

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(November 13, 2017)

Layla

Happy Monday all, thank you so much for your kind words and taking time to read the blog about these amazing organizations and about Baby.

Please be safe with a woof from Layla

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(November 13, 2017)

Sadie

These both sound like wonderful organizations and I'm happy you and baby found them in your time of need. RIP Baby, and thank you for looking after your mama.

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(November 13, 2017)

Robin

May God be praised for the beautiful life that Baby lived. I'm so sorry that her passing caused you so much pain. I can understand that. I've lost furbabies too. This organization sounds very compassionate. I'm glad they helped you get away from whoever abused you. No one deserves to be abused. It takes a long time and a lot of love to know that you're valuable after a situation like that. It sounds like you are supporting a great cause.
-Purrs from your friends at www.PlayfulKitty.net

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(November 12, 2017)

Karlee

It's so amazing that there were so many different organizations willing to take you in and help you and ultimately make you part of a family who loved and supported you and your babies!!

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(November 12, 2017)

4dogsandalittlelady

Thank you for sharing these amazing organizations. There are many women out there who are fighting the same battle that you have overcome. You might not know it, but someone somewhere will read this post and it could save their life. Thank you for sharing your battle, your story, your furbabies, and your resources.

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(November 10, 2017)

Tenacious Little Terrier

Both organizations have admirable missions. We volunteered for a little while at a DV shelter that allowed people to bring their dogs.

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(November 12, 2017)

Paroma

Both these organizations have such amazing, caring missions! Thank you for showcasing them and their work. I am so glad that you got help when you and Baby needed it the most.

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(November 9, 2017)

Dorothy "FiveSibesMom"

It's amazing how our beloved furbabies help us...sweet Baby will alway be a part of you. My Gibson helped me persevere some health crisis as he was going through his own. Amazing beings. I am also very glad these agencies and caring folks are in place to help folks when in need, such as during your time, and that your story has a happy ending...and that you had Baby with you.

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(November 9, 2017)

Sandy Kubillus

I'm sorry about Baby, but look at all the progress you made in those ten years. You were so fortunate to have Baby and to have two organizations that could help you in your time of need. Many areas don't have such good resources and we need to support these organizations so that they can keep helping and spread to other areas.

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(November 8, 2017)

Cathy Armato

This is so heartwarming! I'm really happy these organizations were able to lead you and others to healing. Baby sounds like a beautiful little being who made a huge difference in your life.
Love & Biscuits,
Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

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(November 8, 2017)

Sweet Purrfections

Even though I've never met you, I feel as though I know you by reading your blog posts. I'm so proud you found the courage to get out of an abusive relationship and had such two wonderful organizations to help. Special thoughts as you remember Baby.

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(November 8, 2017)

Lola The Rescued Cat

Thank you for sharing these two wonderful organizations with your readers. You are so brave to share your story in order to help others and I'm so glad you found your peace. Sending you hugs today as you remember baby.

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(November 8, 2017)

Debbie

Those both sound like amazing organizations! I'm so glad they were able to be there for you and Baby in your time of need. As a domestic abuse survivor myself, I understand how stressful it can be when you run and have to put your life back together. Having support during that time is paramount. Much love to you and Baby on the anniversary of her passing.

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(November 8, 2017)

Kristen @ My 3 Little Kittens

Thank you for sharing both your stories. Baby is up there right now, being spoiled by the angels and excited to see you again. She was and always will be, a true blessing. Meowy Hugs!

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(November 8, 2017)

Beth

I know this is a tough anniversary. Sending you virtual hugs. I'm glad that you were able to leave that situation and there are organizations who help people and animals when they need it most.

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(November 8, 2017)

Amelia Johnson

The holistic approach these organizations use really do bring healing. So few women's shelters allow pets but the number is growing. The PAWS organization goes above and beyond. Thanks for highlighting the goodness. Your mess has become your message and for that we are all grateful...and that you are now safe and strong.

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(November 10, 2017)

The Daily Pip

I know these anniversaries are so hard and bring everything back. I am so glad both organizations were there for you and Baby - and that you were able to get away safely. I am sure Baby is watching over you always.

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(November 11, 2017)

Kamira Gayle

Thanks for sharing your testimony as well as sharing these two wonderful organizations which helped you in your time of need. Bless Baby now and then for being there for you and a source of strength to help you get out. I'm sure Baby is wagging her tail with joy watching over you know. I know what you mean about talking to them too. I do that too here and there. Although not in the physical, our furkids are always here. Their love and spirit always remains...you can feel it. It's why we still get emotional...they are still here and we are forever connected. Will share your post. So important for victims of abuse know they have resources to help them.

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(November 13, 2017)

Stephanie

What a heartwarming story. I’m so very sorry for all that you and Baby went through. Organizations like the ones you highlighted are so important for people and animals and deserve attention and support. So wonderful you have a platform to share their message and important work.

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(November 13, 2017)

Stephanie

What a heartwarming story. I’m so very sorry for all that you and Baby went through. Organizations like the ones you highlighted are so important for people and animals and deserve attention and support. So wonderful you have a platform to share their message and important work.

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(November 13, 2017)

Stephanie

What a heartwarming story. I’m so very sorry for all that you and Baby went through. Organizations like the ones you highlighted are so important for people and animals and deserve attention and support. So wonderful you have a platform to share their message and important work.

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(November 13, 2017)

Stephanie

What a heartwarming story. I’m so very sorry for all that you and Baby went through. Organizations like the ones you highlighted are so important for people and animals and deserve attention and support. So wonderful you have a platform to share their message and important work.

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(November 13, 2017)

Stephanie

What a heartwarming story. I’m so very sorry for all that you and Baby went through. Organizations like the ones you highlighted are so important for people and animals and deserve attention and support. So wonderful you have a platform to share their message and important work.

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November, lets start saying thanks (October 31, 2017)

Layla



Good Morning All,

November has arrived which means two more months till the end of 2017 and we cannot believe how fast this year has gone.

This month we celebrate Thanksgiving and I have decided to dedicate this month in different blogs to all those that have been part of our lives or that out there doing amazing work rescuing animals.



So this blog is dedicated to all the rescuers, they are our heroes. They spend their days running around saving animals from abuse, shelters and many other circumstances and they are just amazing. Their dedication is something unique with hearts of gold.



That is also the reason we set up our website, to help rescue organizations by giving them the platform to hold fund raisers for free and reach a larger audience than doing it in a hall or on Facebook. So by everyone sharing about our website we are helping those dedicated doing the wonderful work, can raise more money in order to rescue more.

So I am asking from everyone that reads this blog, to share it, spread the word and lets make Christmas a wonderful one for all the rescued animals, so that the rescuers will not have to worry about payments for vet bills, food and everything else to make sure the animals are comfortable and safe.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts,

With a woof with love from one lucky rescued dog, from pound to princess,
Layla

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(November 12, 2017)

Sweet Purrfections

I can't believe it's almost December. I know I have a lot to be thankful for and sometimes, I need a little reminder.

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(November 7, 2017)

Layla

Morning All, been hectic here as always LOL but thank you so much for taking time and reading our blog, we love sharing with others as we always say one shout out might just help someone else. Be Safe !!!!!!!!!

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(November 8, 2017)

Dear Mishu

Thank you for sharing these organizations and turning a painful anniversary into a chance to help other people.

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(November 5, 2017)

Crystal

I definitely add my pups to the list of what I'm thankful for! But the people who brought them into my life are worth mentioning on that list also. This is a great reminder that dedicated people are saving animal lives daily.

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(November 4, 2017)

Tami Qualls

What a wonderful ministry. I hate to see animals in despair. High five to you and all who are participating.

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(November 3, 2017)

Heather Johnson

My two rescue dogs share your sentiments, Layla! I cannot believe that November is here already and that the year has flown by so quickly!

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(November 3, 2017)

Trish

You have a great blog! Thank you for spreading the word about pet rescue. All my dogs have been rescues!

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(November 1, 2017)

Talent Hounds

Layla you sure are a great role model and lucky dog. Thanks for all you do to help rescues. #rescuesrock

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(November 1, 2017)

Beth

It is wonderful that you help rescues with your auction site. I need to see if there are some good holiday gifts there for my sister's dogs. I try to give to my local shelter every couple of months as well as my favorite national rescue organization.

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(November 1, 2017)

Cathy Armato

It is definitely a month to think about all we are thankful for, especially the pets in our lives! Thanks for helping to save lives with your auction site.

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(November 1, 2017)

Lori Hilliard

Sometimes a gentle reminder like yours is what we all need when it comes to remembering how important shelters and rescue organizations are to the welfare of animals. I save all my loose change every day and at the end of the month, I put it in an account earmarked for my local shelter and send off a check. Doing it this way, I don't miss the money and the shelter benefits all year.

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(November 1, 2017)

Kamira Gayle

Thanks to YOU too Layla (and your mom) I've learned your backstory and why you support the causes you do. You both are strong survivors and have shown your past doesn't have to dictate the state of your future. So inspiring. Wish you both many more blessings for the holidays and future. Will share this post as well.

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(November 1, 2017)

Dear Mishu

I agree -- both of your stories are inspiring and it's wonderful that you give rescue groups a platform. Big hugs to you both!

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(November 1, 2017)

Dr Leigh @ Your Vet Online

Thanks for providing this service. I'm sure there are so many animals that thank you too.

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(November 1, 2017)

Shayla

I support as many local rescues as I can! I rescued for years, and it was such hard work! I had to stop for my own heart! The struggles are so hard, but the wins make it so worth it!!!

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(November 12, 2017)

Amelia Johnson

Being thankful releases so many blessings. Layla is such a sweetheart for what she does to help support the efforts of rescues. She's a cutie too!

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(November 1, 2017)

Debbie

This month, and the Thanksgiving holiday, definitely make you think about how much we (and our pups) have to be thankful for. Especially the ones with hard pasts. All 5 of our pets are rescues. I like to think they're pretty thankful they found their way to us, as I am that they're a part of our family.

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(November 1, 2017)

Amelia Johnson

November is definitely a month that reminds us to be grateful for the furry lives that cheer us up every day. Thank you for this site.

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(November 3, 2017)

Neely Moldovan

I love this. SO sweet when dogs can find homes and I bet everyone is so thankful for that!

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(November 3, 2017)

Brandy

Such a wonderful mission you have here. I Love that you setup a way for rescues to raise funds for free and spread the word to help those who are rescued and need rescuing.

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(November 3, 2017)

Hey Sharonoox

Great post! Thanks for sharing awareness about rescuers. This sounds like a good cause to help rescue animals in the community.

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Halloween Pet Hazards (October 24, 2017)

Layla





Happy Wednesday,

Halloween is less than a week away which means lots of fun, costumes, overdosing on treats and so much more. I do not put a costume on Layla as she hates it, I did try the first and second year after I got her but then gave up and decided to drop the whole idea.

On the other hand, Baby R.I.P. wore clothing all the time being a chiweenie so putting costumes on her was easy. The last costume she wore, was one I had bought from GoodWill not knowing what it was as such till I put it on her (I thought it was a space outfit) but when on her I collapsed on the floor laughing as it was a fire hydrant. It was a hit and she won many prizes for it. After her passing I donated it to a non profit organization so that some other dog could have it. I am sharing a picture of her with it, giggling now as I remember that day. Thank goodness no dog peed on her in the dog park LOL.

With the fun come the hazards, we must not forget about those as we need to keep our pampered pets safe.

01. While the kids are having fun make sure your pet has a safe haven away from all the chaos which will keep them happier and your life easier.

02. When going trick and treating, leave your dog at home

03. Keep treats/candies out of reach from the pets. Remember, chocolate, gum, xylitol are hazardous to them.

04. Make sure you have for an emergency the the Pet Poisonous Number :
1 - 888 - 426 - 4435 (there is a charge per case)

05. Keep Decorations away from them, some examples :
Rubber eyeballs are a choking risk, glow sticks and fake blood could have poisons, fake cobwebs can cause entanglement or choking for wildlife also, potpourri can be toxic to birds, and I am sure there are many more.

06. Pet Costumes ;
Remember most pets are happiest wearing nothing like Layla. If you to put a costume on your pet, do not put masks, as anything that covers eyes or ears, and everything that might tangle in your pet's legs. Also please make sure the costume is comfortable and allows your pet to move freely. Make sure there are no chewable parts that they can choke on.
If you feel your pet is not comfortable with the costume, remove it, signs of discomfort includes folded back ears, eyes rolling, hunching over and a tucked tail.

07. Cats - cats should be treated the same way as dogs when it comes to the precautions so please remember that.

Black Cats
Halloween season seems to spark violence against cats in general black cats in particular, and therefore many shelters do not allow the adoption of black cats. Sadly, this does not protect cats that are normally outside from would-be sadists and other miscreants at Halloween-time. So please help keeping all cats especially black ones safe, whether feral or domesticated, they deserve to live a safe life like us all.

08. One last reminder like all holidays and times when pets can get scared - make sure your microchip is up to date and your pet is wearing a collar with updated tags.
On this note, have a Happy Halloween everyone, be safe, enjoy and do not eat too many sweet candies HA.



And of course we must not forget : Our last #Spooktober Giveaway is quite chilling! Unscramble the Grandma Lucy's recipe on the link below for a chance to win a FREE 1 lb. bag of our freeze-dried pet food!
Enter on our Instagram @grandmalucys for another chance to win! Giveaway ends 10/31/2017 at 11:59 p.m. PST. U.S. Residents Only.
Hint: This recipe contains pinto beans, coconut, kale, hemp hearts, and turmeric!"

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Now I have spoken, shared about my sister, and of course warned all my fur friends about the dangers, am off back to my box for my morning siesta.

Woof with love from Layla

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(October 31, 2017)

Layla

Happy Halloween !!!!!!!!!! Thank you for all your comments, giggling with me over Baby the Fire Hydrant, we love sharing our stories and keeping everyone safe.

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(October 30, 2017)

Carol Bryant

We love Halloween and always do a homemade costume. Lots of good reminders here for pet parents for sure.

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(October 30, 2017)

Sweet Purrfections

The girls don't like costumes either, so I don't try to put any on them anymore. My goal for the future is to work with them on wearing a harness and leash.

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(October 30, 2017)

Kelly

First of all the fire hydrant costume had me laughing so hard, I love it! But yes, not all pets are fans of dressing up. Thank you for spreading the word to keep our pets safe during Halloween, and what it can mean to those of us with black cats.

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(October 30, 2017)

sara lafountain

Thank you for sharing these important reminders! Halloween is always very scary for our dog. She is afraid of all the costumes. I think the biggest thing is to make sure you put your chocolate far from the dogs. Our dog has knocked over a big bag of chocolate before, but we were very close by!

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(October 29, 2017)

Karlee

I just about rolled over laughing at the fire hydrant part!! Very important post, thanks for sharing your safety tips for Halloween! I hope you all have a good safe one!

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(October 29, 2017)

Viktoria Marquardt

These tips are so crucial! So many pets get injured during halloween especially kittys! Unfortunately around here so many cats go missing around this time and it's so sad.

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(October 29, 2017)

Shelby @ FTLOP

It's so important to remember that dogs can get scared on Halloween just as much as any other holiday. So many strangers coming to the door, the doorbell ringing! Thanks for this post.

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(October 29, 2017)

Clare Reece-Glore

Yes, those twice a year vet visits are best for pups of a certain age! Some pups may like the costumes and some, not so much and that is OK.

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(October 29, 2017)

Paroma

The fire hydrant costume is adorable! Babu hates wearing costumes so I simply put on his viking headgear, take a photo and then take it off from his head.

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(October 29, 2017)

Talent Hounds

Baby looked so cute as a fire hydrant. Kilo was not a big fan of costumes but he loves treats and attention so much he now asks to pose for photos and do tricks and doesn't mind if things are loose and comfy and only on quickly.

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(October 27, 2017)

Michelle & The Paw Pack

Great post! My dogs don't mind wearing costumes but I didn't get them any this year. Next year I'll have to get them extra good costumes to make up for this year.

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(October 27, 2017)

Tenacious Little Terrier

Mr. N is pretty happy to wear costumes as long as they don't impede movement. If he wears more elaborate things, they're for photos only.

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(October 26, 2017)

Kamira Gayle

Aww...love the costumes. Oh so this is the famous fire hydrant costume you were mentioning. RIP Baby. Adorable. Great helpful safety tips for this season. Thanks for sharing the memories.

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(October 25, 2017)

Talent Hounds

Kilo used to hate wearing anything or anyone touching his tummy or paws. Now he begs for photo shoots and tummy rubs and happily gives a paw as he knows they all mean treats and attention and he LOVES TREATs and attention. I never make him wear things for more than a photo and he seems to get that now and trust me. Great tips. He is safe in his crate in my home office when kids come by as he goes crazy at people at the door.

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(October 25, 2017)

Sweet Purrfections

The girls don't like me putting anything on them, even collars. I think it's so sad about black cats and black dogs around Halloween. I had a friend who had a black dog that was taken and strangled. It was so sad.

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(October 25, 2017)

Lola The Rescued Cat

I love Halloween! My cats don't tolerate costumes, so I don't dress them up. It would be so much fun, tho. Goid luck to everyone who enters.

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(October 25, 2017)

Nichole

Thanks for reminding everyone to look out for hazards! Good luck to everyone who enters the giveaway.

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(October 25, 2017)

Shayla

I usually tell my clients not to force costumes, if they don’t like them, the stress of it isn’t worth it! My dogs really could care less, and don’t mind wearing whatever I come up with! So that’s a plus lol!

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(October 25, 2017)

Michelle

Great tips for halloween and I love the fire hydrant costume, wonderful memories.

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(October 25, 2017)

Debbie

That fire hydrant costume is so cute! LOL I would have fallen out laughing too. We put costumes on our dogs sometimes, but usually not ones that go on their heads, as it freaks them out. Have a great Halloween

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(October 25, 2017)

Lori Hilliard

When choosing a costume for my senior dog, I always go for the ones that fit like his winter coat, which he enjoys wearing. It feels more familiar to him and he doesn't mind a bit. I also know it's safe and non-restrictive.

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(October 24, 2017)

Layla

Good Luck all with the give away

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(October 25, 2017)

Beth

Baby's fire hydrant costume is hilarious! I can see why she won so many prizes.
Our dogs don't normally wear costumes, but I like to see dogs who are happy to wear them. Those are great tips to help keep dogs and cats safe on Halloween.

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(October 25, 2017)

happygodoodle

These are such important reminders. Keeping your pet safe and comfortable will put the "Happy" in Happy Halloween for them...and you, too! Thank you for sharing such a thorough list.

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(October 28, 2017)

Kristen @ My 3 Little Kittens

Thank you for this SUPER important tips. The one about black cats is especially true. There are many sick people out there that take Halloween to a violent and disgusting level, so keeping pets safe are a MUST!

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(October 29, 2017)

Cathy Armato

Aww, I love that Fire Hydrant costume, your little baby looked so cute in it. It's great that you donated it for another dog to wear. Hope you & Layla have a happy & safe Howloween!
Love & Biscuits,
Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

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(October 29, 2017)

Heather Wallace

I absolutely love black cats- they don't deserve this weird reputation. Hope all pets stay safe this Halloween and follow your advice.

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(October 29, 2017)

Kelsie | It's Dog or Nothing

I love Halloween, but the fluffies don't necessarily feel the same. Usually, we turn off the lights and hunker down for the evening to keep everyone stress-free.

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Wednesday Waffling (October 17, 2017)

Layla



Good Morning Friends,

We hope you are all doing well, enjoying the slow cooling of the weather and WOW winter is around the corner. I do not like the rain (Mom does) but I do prefer the cool weather to the heat.

Mom took me yesterday to the vet for my annual check up, the vet says because I am over 9 years old she wants to see me twice a year to make sure I am growing old healthy. Well, the verdict was I am a very sprite energetic ten and a half year old and she was very proud of me, and of course of Mom who takes such good care of me. She loves what I eat, thank you Grandma Lucy's wonderful food, the supplements I get which is the K9 Honey and so we left there very very happy. The only thing she did find oy vey is that I am getting a cataract on my left eye, but told Mom not to worry as it is part of aging. We had to giggle over that one as Mom is partially blind in her left eye also, so now we are two peas in a pod BOL.

Isn't there a saying : Like Mother Like Daughter ????

Other than that, we have as usual been doing our rounds of the dog parks marketing Grandma Lucy's awesome dog food and treats, sorting through a disaster bag as Mom is complaining it is too heavy because of my things, well hey, she is my slave.

Halloween is around the corner and we know how much we all love our doggy treats so till the end of the month we going to be having fun with Grandma Lucy's so that every week some lucky pup will get something yum.

This week we giving away a bag of starters treats which are soo good, this giveaway is for USA only, ending 23 October 2017 and the details can be found on the link Grandma Lucy's Facebook page :

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So the treat fun is going and going and going oy vey I wonder if we can keep Halloween for the whole year with all this fun BUT I will not wear a costume and have told Mom that.

So now that I have discussed treats, am off here to dream of them and maybe convince Mom to give me one for working so hard.

Have a safe week all, with a woof and love from Layla



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(October 23, 2017)

Jessica Shipman | Beagles & Bargains

That's great that you got a clean bill of health overall! It's always stressful to visit the vet and it's great when there is no bad news. And as for your eye, I'm sure mom will help you adjust!

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(October 22, 2017)

Irene McHugh

I'm glad that you are aging gracefully Layla. I've heard that pets and their humans often mirror each other's personalities, so your cataract complementing your mom's eyesight seems just right for a pair as close as you two are. Peas in a pod indeed:)

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(October 22, 2017)

Layla

Thank you all for all your comments, yup there is a price to pay when you get old but hey age is just a number. I love that Layla does check ups twice a year now as it keeps me on top of things and also more relaxed.

Have a wonderful week with a woof from Layla

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(October 22, 2017)

Heather Wallace

Don't worry Layla, Gonzo and Beau are not big into dressing for Halloween either. In fact, Halloween is very scary for a reactive dog like Beau, so he stays safe and happy in his crate. Glad to hear your check up went well!

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(October 21, 2017)

Kamira Gayle

Layla I'm happy you came back from the vet with a general good bill of health. Sorry to hear about your left eye. I guess you are right you and mum are two peas in a pod. She can relate, so you don't have to feel awkward.

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(October 20, 2017)

happygodoodle

Awww...you and your mom do sound like two peas in a pod. Happy you have each other, and happy that your check-up went so well! Doodle kisses and tail wags!

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(October 19, 2017)

Sadie

Glad to hear your check up went well, Layla! Reese is happy the weather has cooled down, too. Those treats looks tasty - lucky girl.

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(October 18, 2017)

The Daily Pip

My assistant says the very same thing about all my stuff weighing her down. Oh well, that's why she is my assistant!

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(October 18, 2017)

Sandy Weinstein

very cute. dont think my girls would like to go to Transylvania, they are real chickens.

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(October 18, 2017)

Beth

I'm sorry to hear you have a cataract, but it is interesting that you and your mom have similar eye issues. I'm glad everything else is good!

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(October 18, 2017)

Michelle & The Paw Pack

Glad your check up went well! My Kit will be turning 9 near the end of this year and he says that 10 is the new 5, at least for a well looked after little dog!

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(October 18, 2017)

Kristen Paskus

Happy Wednesday!!!! So glad to hear that your appointment went well! You are ALWAYS a gorgeous girl at any age!

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(October 18, 2017)

Sweet Purrfections

So glad to hear your check up went well. It's time for Brulee's 6 month checkup.

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(October 18, 2017)

Lola The Rescued Cat

We're so glad you haf a good check up. Your mom does take such good care of you! You're a lucky little doggie.

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(October 18, 2017)

Debbie

Sorry to hear about your cataract, but it's kind of cute that now you match your mom. I'm so glad you got a clean bill of health otherwise! Enjoy the cool weather

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(October 18, 2017)

Tonya Wilhelm

Happy birthday! I'm glad your checkup went well. Dexter too is starting to get a haze in his eyes. He just turned 8. We go every 4 months for bloodwork and physical because he's on meds. Have a great one, Layla!

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(October 17, 2017)

Layla

This picture of Layla makes me laugh so much LOL

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(October 17, 2017)

Dash Kitten

Great that Lyla is healthy. It's a tribute to your good care and vigilance about her health.

The giveaway looks a LOT of fun!!!!! (OK and a bit spooky!!!!)

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(October 18, 2017)

Jana Rade

It's absolutely a good idea to see a vet twice a year when you get to certain age. Always better safe than sorry.

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(October 18, 2017)

Jodi Clock

So very important to create awareness for senior pet checkups

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(October 20, 2017)

Tenacious Little Terrier

I always tell Mr. N if he was a little bit bigger, he would have to carry his own stuff. Glad the checkup went well.

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(October 21, 2017)

Karen

Layla, glad you got a good report from your checkup. You are a hard worker, I have a feeling you'll score a yummy treat :)

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(October 23, 2017)

Brian Frum

I am sure glad your Vet visit went well, that is always a good thing! Thanks for joining the Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!

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What is happening ????? (October 10, 2017)

Layla



Good Morning All,

It is Wednesday and my time to woof about everything and this week I do not know where to start.

Yes it the month of Domestic Violence Awareness and with it comes all the natural disasters happening all over the world and my mind wanders as to why is this all happening ?

Being a survivor and having gone through so much in my life when I look around I wonder who is testing us, testing our ability to withstand it all, and most of all how can we fix it, make the world a safer place for the future generations, and this worries me.

With all this I here and there watch TV, actually keep my Jazz channel on most of the time to keep myself grounded which keeps it peaceful in the house as I try as much as possible to keep calm with Layla, something I learnt when I was in the awful abusive relationship as I do not want her to suffer from my stress.

I saw a news program the other night which lit something up in my brain, they were talking about the evacuations of the people and pets from the fires in Northern California, and as I am listening to this Red Cross Spokesman talk it made think of what would happen if Layla and I would have to evacuate somewhere else. What he said angered me in a way. This is a subject I have discussed in a past blog, Pets in Shelters, whether Domestic Violence or Evacuation Shelter.

His words were drop your pet off at the Animal Control Shelter and you can stay in the Evacuation Shelter. He also mentioned how many people were sleeping in their cars so that their pets could be with them. I admire those people big time. Telling a person that, who has run from a natural disaster in my eyes is telling that person to dump their kid.

I know that when I ran, I ran with a sleeping bag and other items as I vowed I would not give Baby R.I.P. up but would rather sleep in the streets with her as she was my rock, my reason for getting up in the morning, and so much more. In my situation and it was very very difficult I was blessed that the women from Shalom Bayit, the Jewish Organization for Domestic Violence stepped in and fostered her, so she was safe and in a happy home, went to work with them each day, and when she could come live with me in the Shelter she did.

But, I questioned myself, why in cases of natural disasters they do not open an evacuation center for people with pets, separate to one for those that do not. That way everyone is safe, those that are afraid of pets, who have allergies or kids, have their safe place, and those that have pets have theirs. Does that make sense ? As we are traumatized with it all, so are the pets and they would feel so much more secure with their families than in a cage in an unknown place.

I would love to hear from all of you what you think ?

Layla just woofed me enough of being serious and lets discuss Halloween. So we are doing trick or treats with Grandma Lucy this month with a give away here BUT they are also doing for other treats on their Facebook and Instagram so you have more chances to win. Our prize this week will be a bag of their delicious Apple Baked Biscuits. I will let you into a secret and that is they are so delicious, I love them with my coffee.

Pop over to their Facebook page to find the other giveaway :
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This give away is open for anyone over the age of 18+ and resides in the USA. I work for Grandma Lucy's and using my blog as a platform this Halloween for their goodies, and this is the first one.

Let the fun begin !!!!

We are sending our prayers out to all those that have been affected by the natural disasters all over the world, be safe everyone

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(October 22, 2017)

Debbie

As someone who has also been through a terribly abusive relationship, I totally understand. I had a dog at the time and would have done whatever I needed to to keep him with me, even if it meant living in my car. I feel so bad for people who need to evacuate due to natural disasters (or abuse) and have nowhere to go with their pets. I have been seeing a lot of evacuation shelters accepting pets recently. They were giving people crates to keep their animals in at night at the end of their cots. I know it's not all of them, but you're right, something more should be done. Pets are family and should be treated as such.

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(October 21, 2017)

Tonya

Oh, Layla. You and your mom are so strong and such an inspiration. Thank you for always staying strong and brightening my Wednesday.

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(October 20, 2017)

Beth

As long as we live in a world where abuse of a dog is nearly 1-to-1 correlated to domestic violence, where the FBI track dog offenders because they know that their violence will escalate in most cases, and where women are staying in their violent households because of threats to their (furry) child, this collaboration is a must-do for truly dog-friendly communities. That is where the wag happens...and healing, inside and out.

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(October 16, 2017)

Layla

Layla and I would love to thank you all for your comments, and yes I do agree there are reasons for pets not being allowed into shelters but I feel when there is a need for a shelter then they should set up one for all those that have pets.

I would also like to thank all of you for your kind words, I am one blessed happy today Domestic Violence Survivor and pray that many others will be as lucky as I am.

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(October 16, 2017)

Kathy bergman

Oh wow, Lady loves everything, especially people food. She loves chicken, peanut butter, and loves bacon flavored treats

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(October 15, 2017)

ATCAD

We really need shelters where people can stay with their pets. I would never leave mine alone in a strange place with a natural disaster on the way.

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(October 13, 2017)

Saundra Bowers

My dogs favorite treat is beef bones from the butcher.

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(October 13, 2017)

Marielle Altenor

I just checked out Grandma Lucy's. They have so many different god treat flavors!

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(October 12, 2017)

valmg @ Mom Knows It All

I love my pets and they are family. That being said I am certain there are health and safety reasons why shelters work the way they do in the event of a natural evacuation.

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(October 12, 2017)

Dorothy "FiveSibesMom"

I admire you for staying strong and becoming an advocate for domestic violence after all you have gone through. I so agree about the shelters, why not have one for and for no pets? I think more and more shelters are now accepting pets as they know they are family, and we do not leave our pets behind. Great post.

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(October 11, 2017)

Morrie Major

Your blog really made me think Layla!
I have to say I feel terrible when I think of all the pets and fur-friends who are displaced through family violence or natural disasters.. and it makes you realise how lucky you are when you have a safe and stable home..
Lots of licks, your new friend Morrie :)

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(October 11, 2017)

Sandy Kubillus

I know I would not leave my pet behind. I'm fortunate that I have never had to make that choice.

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(October 11, 2017)

Kamira Gayle

With all these disasters happening I'm glad more shelters are accepting pets with their owners. It's too bad all shelters don't accept all. Our pets are our family. I really commend those that were willing to do whatever they had to (including sleeping in cars) to ensure they weren't separated from their pets.

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(October 11, 2017)

Kitty Cat Chronices

It always breaks my heart to think about all of the people and animals affected by natural disasters and abusive relationships. You are right, there should be two separate shelters - one for people without pets, and one for people with pets. I know that I did hear about many shelters allowing people to bring their pets, which I thought was wonderful. Hopefully that will catch on and will become the norm!

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(October 11, 2017)

Monica

I feel so badly for the victims of the hurricanes and these terrible fires. Like you, I would live in my car before I would give up my pet. It's so sad to see the devistation to families, property, etc. and I can't help thinking of all of the pets that do get left behind.

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(October 11, 2017)

Sandy Weinstein

my girls love crunchy treats, but the oldest, is a real foodie and will eat most anything she can find. i try to give them healthy treats, low salt, low fat, no sugar added.

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(October 11, 2017)

Beth

I can't imagine having to evacuate without your pets. I hope that the animal shelters can take care of the pets until the people return for them. What a heartbreaking situation.

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(October 11, 2017)

Dash Kitten Crew

I am with you. I would never ever leave our cats at a shelter then go to an evacuation place. I would stay with my cats sleep in a car, sleep on the ground - whatever. Full stop! NO WAY would I leave my cats - WTF is this callous heartless attitude to family members?

Our thoughts are with the people who have lost friends and pets in the California fires - what a terror this is. We saw one guy on the 'net stood outside his house, for some miraculous reason his house was untouched but every house around him just wasn't there!

PS Are you SURE those treats aren't human biscuits??? They sounds SO tasty!!!!

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(October 11, 2017)

Heather Johnson

My three dogs love treats of all kinds. If I had to pick, I would say apple slice are their favorite.

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(October 11, 2017)

Brandy

Our doggies are crazy about anything with peanut butter or cheese. Seriously they go crazy :)

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(October 11, 2017)

Cathy

I know we opened up a shelter for both pets and people the first time this year when we had some major flooding. I know personally if I can't bring my dogs, I'm not going!

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(October 11, 2017)

Dear Mishu

I heard that in Florida all of the evacuation shelters were pet friendly, as long as the dog was on a leash or in a crate. Thtat's the way it should be!

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(October 11, 2017)

Rachel

I know that after Katrina, a lot of people were made aware of issues like evacuating with pets. I'm not sure what the rules are in California, but my mom just stayed at our house (with her dog) after evacuating from a fire (we're in Southern California, not Northern). But that's a very good thing to look up and see how pets are handled in different areas. The only thing I heard about on the news was big animals (like horses) and people were directed to take them to the fairgrounds which could accommodate them.

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(October 11, 2017)

allison hoffman

My dog loves jerky treats

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(October 11, 2017)

Erica S

Awww I love how much you love your little doggie. We love our that much too. I live in Florida and went through Hurricane Irma, and I can tell you that there were PLENTY of pet friendly shelters available across the state and not once did I hear anyone suggest leaving our pets at one place then us going to another. Also, hotels are forbidden from turning evacuees away because of pets in a natural disaster situation either. So, I'm sure Cali is the same, and clearly that newsperson doesn't know squat!

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(October 11, 2017)

Heather Johnson

I have always wondered about the lack of shelters for pets as well. So many people have animals, so why are more shelters not more accommodating?

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(October 11, 2017)

robin rue

I completely agree - why WOULDN'T they just open a separate shelter for people with pets? That would make so much sense.

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(October 11, 2017)

The Daily Pip

I agree with you completely. I think some states (thanks to what we learned during Katrina) do offer shelters for pets and people. I'm surprised CA doesn't as I always think of it as a progressive state and ahead of the rest of the country. The Red Cross has never been very good about helping pets (in my opinion).

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(October 11, 2017)

Sweet Purrfections

I've often wondered the same thing. I would never want to leave without my girls. In fact, when Hurricane Irma was threatening SC, my parents and friends tried to convince me to come to their house. I couldn't leave without my girls. Luckily, we were safe.

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The Power and Control Wheel of Animal Abuse and Domestic Violence (October 3, 2017)

Layla



Good Morning,

October has arrived and with it the Month of Domestic Violence Awareness. This is a topic that is very close to my heart as I am a proud survivor.

I am one of the lucky ones that managed to get away with my little dog, hid at a friend and then moved to a new city where we were both helped. If I had left her I know my ex would have carried on abusing her so the minute I could ran, we ran.

Baby since has passed away, but she was my inspiration, my hero, my trooper and my lifeline through those dark days, and when she passed it was when I was finally in my own home so she knew I was safe, and could then open my doors to a new pup, and Layla arrived to live with me.

Layla wears a tag that says : Shelter Survivor which speaks for both of us.

Today I am not going to talk about me, but "The Power and Control Wheel" of Animal Abuse and Domestic Violence. This gives us a better understanding as to what happens behind closed doors, and why so many victims stay in the relationships.

01. Threats - The abuser will threaten to kill or abuse the pet during the relationship or if left behind. (That is why I stayed in mine as to protect Baby.)

02. Isolation - Refusing vet care for the pet. Isolating the victim that the pet also suffers as it is not socialized with other dogs. It is as if you are living in a cage.

03. Emotional Abuse - Giving away or killing the pet to take away her source of unconditional love. (Baby kept me alive in so many ways)

04. Economical Abuse - Refusing to permit her to buy pet food or vet care (I used to eat bread and water but Baby always had food)

05. Legal Abuse - Custody battles over pets. This is heart breaking as they file charges against the victim claiming theft if she leaves with the pet.

06. Intimidation - Harming or killing the pet and then saying to the victim "Next time it will be you....." They do this to family and friends who assist with the victim and pets getting away.

07. Denying and Blaming - Blaming the victim or the pet when something happens.
An abuser will want to control everything, and if he or she does not have that, we, the humans, kids or pets become the victims of his or her anger, although he/she will never admit it.

So when people reach out and talk about wanting to leave a Domestic Violence relationship but cannot leave their pets, these are some of the reasons and I from experience would have rather carried on suffering the abuse to make sure Baby was safe, than left her in a house where she would suffer.

Pets do not understand abuse the way we do and they should not have to suffer at the hands of an abuser of any kind as they give us the unconditional love and loyalty that unfortunately humans do not do.

Please be safe and if you know anyone who is in this situation, tell them they are not alone and there is help out there and I will also be happy to help with information wherever possible.

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Before we go, Layla back to her box to sleep LOL, I want to remind everyone about our K9 Honey give away which ends this week, all information is on our previous blog. and because it is honey we would like to wish everyone once again A Happy Healthy, Sweet New Year.


Be safe, have a wonderful week, with a woof of love from
Layla

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(October 11, 2017)

Layla

Thank you all for your comments and support, we really appreciate it, Be Safe

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(October 16, 2017)

Amy A

Nala and Cody haven't met a treat they haven't liked but they especially love crunchy treats.

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(October 8, 2017)

Crystal

How awful to use pets in this situation. We are so close with our animals that they can become a source of control for an abuser. I can understand why it would be so challenging to leave with the fear that something could happen.

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(October 11, 2017)

Julie Dawson

My dog's favorite treat is bananas

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(October 8, 2017)

Annemarie LeBlanc

Thank you for sharing your story. It breaks my heart that some women have to go through this kind of abuse. I am happy though that you were able to get out of the relationship and so with your fur baby. Thanks for raising awareness of these things that "happen behind closed doors."

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(October 7, 2017)

Marielle Altenor

Wow! So glad to hear that you go out when you did and was able to take your fur baby too.

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(October 7, 2017)

Marielle Altenor

Wow! So glad to hear that you go out when you did and was able to take your fur baby too.

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(October 6, 2017)

Theresa

Thankfully we didn't have pets when we were kids and had to witness the abuse my stepfather liked to toss towards our mother. I think it would have made it much more difficult to leave him if she had to worry about finding a shelter that would have taken our pet in along with us, and since this was a man who had killed a previous dog, she never would have left another at his mercy so we all would have continued to suffer his wrath.

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(October 6, 2017)

Jaime

This is such a sensitive topic, and I hate that you had to go through it. In my area, we have safe spaces for women, children and pets so nobody has to be left behind. So glad that you were able to find some place safe with your pet.

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(October 6, 2017)

Brandy

I can't believe so many abuse animals, it's sad .We spoil our doggies A LOT! Love, affection, treats and they even sit on the couch with us at end of day!

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(October 5, 2017)

Kamira Gayle

I commend you for sharing your story and bravo for this great post to inform others about domestic violence. It it not easy to share or read about the type of methods used against victims and their pets however it's necessary. Thanks for opening up our eyes to this issue. I'll be sharing your post as well.

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(October 4, 2017)

Shelby @ FTLOP

I had no idea it was domestic violence awareness month! So so important!! Thank you for spreading the word.

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(October 4, 2017)

Dash Kitten Crew

Unless people speak out, we never know about these things or why people stay out in a relationship in spite of the risks.

Thank you for ensuring people have more insight into why this happens, and the courage a pet can give.

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(October 4, 2017)

Dear Mishu

thank you for sharing your experience -- your honesty and bravery are inspiring. I'm glad things are much better for you now

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(October 4, 2017)

Sadie

I am grateful to you for advocating for the many individuals feeling scared and hopeless. I hope your words of encouragement find them. This post will also help other recognize the signs and how they can help friends in need. You are a strong, brave person and I am proud to know you!

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(October 4, 2017)

Layla

Thanks Sadie, it is very important to speak out and be heard as I feel if one hears and it helps I have done a good job with this blog

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(October 4, 2017)

Lola The Rescued Cat

Thank you for being so honest and sharing your story with the world. This is such an important topic that needs to be brought to the attention of the world. I'm trying my best to get a post together for this month.

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(October 4, 2017)

Layla

Good Morning, and yes it needs to be discussed more as unfortunately people think it is so easy to just run, but its more complicated than they think

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(October 4, 2017)

Jill

Such a great topic - one that definitely needs more discussion and awareness. Thanks for sharing!

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(October 4, 2017)

Layla

My pleasure and yes it is such an important topic to discuss and make people aware - thank you for reading

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(October 4, 2017)

Nichole

Thank you for spreading awareness about this! And for sharing great information!

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(October 4, 2017)

Layla

Thank you for reading about it as it is so important to spread the word and let those in this kind of situation know they are not alone

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(October 4, 2017)

Golden Daily Scoop

Such a hard topic to talk about but it's so important that it takes place. Paws up to your for starting the conversation and helping others understand what goes on behind closed doors.

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(October 4, 2017)

Layla

I so agree with you it is a hard subject to discuss but it is important to do so as it will ease it for someone in trouble who will then know they are not alone

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(October 4, 2017)

The Daily Pip

I am so glad you wrote this post AND most importantly, that you and Baby survived! Thank you for sharing your story as I know it will help many others.

I wish more shelters would welcome survivors with their animals. I know many people stay in abusive relationships because they don't want to leave their pets behind.

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(October 6, 2017)

Trish

I am so sorry you had to go through this, but commend your courage in speaking out and helping others! It is an important topic to share.

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(October 6, 2017)

Heather Johnson

I have not specifically tried K9 Honey with my dogs. However, all three will lick honey up that my kids spill!

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(October 8, 2017)

Tayler

It's so sad when anyone, human or animal, is abused.It sickens me and breaks my heart

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Life is sweeter with honey (September 26, 2017)

Layla



Woof to all my fur friends,

WOW the year is going so quick and Halloween will be soon here, oy vey Mom will make me wear a stupid costume again grrrrr. No treat in the world will help with this one, I hate them.

As you all know last week we started our new year, 5778, and with it we have so many symbolic foods but one of them, which is my favorite, and Mom's too is Honey. Honey symbolizes a sweet new year so we decided this week to introduce you to K9 Honey for us pampered pooches. Yes there is such a thing BOL, and all I can say is it is delicious. One of the best foods Mom has introduced me to BUT because God Forbid Mom should give me something yummy that does not have healthy things involved BOL, she is just such a Jewish Mom it is scary.

What is K9 Honey ?

K9 Honey has many benefits which I am going to list below and I have found with Layla getting it, it is making a big difference in her life.

ALLERGIES : Layla suffers from enviromental allergies which can be a nuisance as we come in from out doors and the itching begins. Since I have been giving her the K9 Honey, I come in with her and no itchiness whatsoever, its great as it is making her life more pleasurable and mine easier. This is what I copied from their website to explain it better : Dogs suffering from environmental allergies may find relief in eating a teaspoon or so of raw honey each day. Honey naturally contains Raw honey may help alleviate your pet's allergy symptoms. Each serving of K9 Honey for Dogs contains microscopic pollens that work much the same as allergy shots help people. The tiny bit of pollen received may help their body adjust to allergens.

DIGESTION : Raw honey may be an excellent digestive aid for dogs. Raw honey naturally contains live enzymes and amylase (an enzyme which facilitates the proper digestion of carbohydrates).

NATURAL ENERGY: A slow metabolic release of raw honey helps your dog stay ahead of the pack. Nutritionists have long touted the therapeutic benefits of raw honey, which is considered to be an excellent source of flavonoids, trace minerals (like iron, manganese, calcium, potassium, copper and phosphorus), as well as key vitamins like A, B-complex, C, D, E, and K. Layla's energy level has elevated and I am now calling her Miss Piss and Vinegar as I cannot keep up with her LOL.

REDUCED HEALING TIME: Holistic practitioners have long considered raw honey to be one of nature's best all-around remedies. Raw honey features anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that may benefit your pets.

While canine honey can be used as a treat or a topper on their food (I am using as a topper) below is a short list of other ways that I have not mentioned above that raw honey has been used to assist pets around the world:
Kennel Cough, Wound Care (I actually use honey on myself when I cut myself and it works wonders), Athritis, Burns, Chronic Ear infections.




To read more about this amazing product you can go to their website :

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Thank you K9 Honey for giving us a jar to try and sponsoring the giveaway which we are doing this week so that one other lucky pup can become extra sweet with a jar of K9 Honey.

This giveaway is OPEN for the USA only.

Now before I go back to bed we MUST NOT FORGET: Thursday is REMEMBER ME THURSDAY.

This day is very special as it is the day the entire world will share the importance of pet adoption and shine a light on all orphan pets waiting in shelters and rescues. Layla and I are asking everyone to share on Social Media, everywhere, the importance of adopting orphan pets that are sitting in shelters and rescues waiting for forever homes. In 2016 thanks to social media and these hashtags nearly 340 million people were reached. #RememberTheRescue and #RememberMeThursday.

I am now off to my box for my midday nap, have a great week all, be safe,

With a woof and love from one lucky spoiled rescued dog
Layla

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(October 3, 2017)

Sandy Weinstein

i have tried honey to help heal sores. my homeopathic vet advised me abt feeding honey and other uses for it.

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(October 3, 2017)

Robin

Since I don't have a dog, I've never tried honey with a dog. Personally, I love raw honey! There is nothing more soothing on your throat during those dry winter months. I may recommend this to a friend of mine whose dog has been having some allergy issues.
-Purrs from your friends at www.PlayfulKitty.net

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(October 2, 2017)

Spencer the Goldendoodle

I didn't realize honey had so many benefits for dogs!

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(October 1, 2017)

Paroma Chakravarty

Babu has not been feeling too good lately, and threw up a few times in the last two weeks. Will try K9 honey for him.

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(October 2, 2017)

Julie Dawson

I have given my dogs honey in the past but not consistently

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(October 1, 2017)

Irene McHugh

Learn something new every day! I did not realize that honey was good for dogs. We've been meaning to head over to the Farmer's Market with the pups. I'll be adding some local raw honey to the list.

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(October 1, 2017)

Talent Hounds

My husband actually keeps a few hives of bees with some friends. They harvested their fresh honey today. I have no doubt there are lots of benefits from this K9 Honey and honey is yummy too.

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(October 1, 2017)

Dash Kitten

Shsring lotds and lots for Layla!!

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(October 1, 2017)

Tonya

Oh, Layla the K9 Honey sounds great. Dexter gets local organic honey for his allergies too. He's a big fan!

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(October 1, 2017)

Viktoria Marquardt

I never knew honey could be good for dogs. Awhile ago someone told me honey was bad for them so I never gave any to my dogs again. Now that I know it is good I'll be giving them some cause they loved it!

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(September 30, 2017)

Stephanie Seger

This is fascinating! I didn't know honey was that good for dogs. Thank you so much for sharing such valuable information. I raw feed so this would be super easy for me to incorporate into my dogs diet.

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(September 30, 2017)

Sherri

I did not know this about honey. Maybe I should take it myself. I have, however, been giving my dog a sprinkle of turmeric each morning because I understand it's a natural anti-inflammatory.

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(September 30, 2017)

Heather Wallace

I adore raw honey for myself, my children, and my dogs. There are so many natural benefits! I am definitely entering the giveaway.

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(September 29, 2017)

Shelby @ FTLOP

Honey is so good - especially for allergies!! I forget to add this to my "supplement" list, so this was a good reminder.

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(September 29, 2017)

Tamara Gatton

My dog Lesnar has been using K9 Honey for three months and wish I can post pictures of the dramatic change! Lesnar has had allergies for his whole life (only 1yr and 8 month) when he was young pup the dog diginosed him with Puppy Pyroderma which is an environmental allergy was told it could go away after a year but may not. Lesnar was on steroid and antibiotic up until 3 months ago. I've giving him K9 Honey everyday and Lesnar skin is clear, normal skin color and is meds free! If I could post pictures of the before and after you be shocked. I think K9 Honey will benefit most dogs. All I know is I won't stop giving it to him!

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(September 29, 2017)

Lola The Rescued Cat

I've heard that raw honey is a great natural remedy for many things for humans but never knew it could be beneficial for dogs. Good luck to everyone who enters! This will be a great prize.

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(September 28, 2017)

Nichole

Have not tried honey yet, but this sounds like a great product!

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(September 28, 2017)

Kamira Gayle

Wow . Honestly I had no idea that K9 Honey existed. It's nice to see many of the same benefits humans get from honey you do too Layla. Thanks for sharing.

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(September 27, 2017)

Sweet Purrfections

I wonder if this K9 honey would help my mom's dog with his allergies. He is always scratching and the vet she takes him too doesn't seem too concerned.

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(September 27, 2017)

Beth

I didn't realize that honey was such a wonderful solution to so many problems. One of my dogs suffers terribly from seasonal allergies, I need to try this for her!

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(September 27, 2017)

Sadie

We love honey! I had no idea there was a special one for K9's. We have allergies AND digestive issues in our household so honey is dessert!

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(September 27, 2017)

Dear Mishu

I didn't know there was honey for dogs... I kind of assumed that dogs were like babies and not allowed to eat honey. This looks like a great allergy cure! Happy new year!!

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(September 26, 2017)

Layla

Nothing is sweeter than honey

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(September 27, 2017)

Debbie

K9 Honey sounds awesome. Delicious AND good for their health too. Is it different than regular honey that people usually eat?

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(September 27, 2017)

leanne

wow, there are so many great natural remedies becoming more available for pets. I had no idea honey was yet another amazing way to help. Thank you for sharing!

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(September 27, 2017)

Dash Kitten Crew

Here is New Zealand Manuka Honey is considered to have healing properties. When a friend visiting cut his hand, a cream with manual honey was recommended. We can believe it's a help for a pup too.

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(September 27, 2017)

Layla

I have used Manuka honey and it is amazing but really expensive

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(September 29, 2017)

Cathy Armato

Wow, what an awesome post! I've never heard about all these benefits of RAW honey for pets or people. It is so incredible that raw honey helped Layla's allergies! Thank you for sharing this.
Love & Biscuits,
Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

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(September 30, 2017)

Tenacious Little Terrier

Mr. N has had the odd lick of honey here and there but not regularly. We try to buy local honey for ourselves occasionally. We have neighbors that raise bees a few blocks away.

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(September 30, 2017)

Kate

I love honey! I'm sure the pups would too!!!

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(October 1, 2017)

M. K. Clinton

I have tried local honey with the dogs hoping it would help with Bentley's allergies but I would love to try this especially for dogs!

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(October 1, 2017)

Paroma Chakravarty

Babu has not been feeling too good lately, and threw up a few times in the last two weeks. Will try K9 honey for him.

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(October 2, 2017)

The Daily Pip

I would LOVE to try this honey with Ruby. She also gets lots of itchiness at this time of year and so happy to hear this has helped Layla!

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(October 7, 2017)

Christine Weary

I didn't know you could use honey on dog's.

(October 7, 2017)

Christine Weary

I didn't know you could use honey on dog's.

Amazing Event plus Shana Tova (Happy New Year) Everyone (September 19, 2017)

Layla



Happy Wednesday everyone,

Where do we start the Wednesday woof this week as there is so much to share.

First and most important - Happy New Year - Shana Tova to all our Jewish Followers. May the new year be filled with Peace, Love and Laughter.

In the Jewish Religion our day starts and ends at sunset so today, 20th in the evening is the beginning of the New Year where we eat many traditional foods but the one that stands out and symbolizes so much is Honey - Honey symbolizes sweetness for the New Year and we cook and bake with it in many dishes.

So Shana Tova UMetuka everyone - Happy Sweet New Year.

This past weekend we did the Bay Area Adoption Event. Grandma Lucy's had a booth there sharing samples of our wonderful food there and it was awesome.

Am going to share my highlights here with all of you :

Layla came with of course, she is such a good woofsman for the product. It was really hot and I had taken with me one of her travel bags but Pet Food Express were kind enough to loan me a large crate which was cooler and so much better for her, plus she could have her water and food inside, so that made life easier and less worrying for me.

There were many suppliers with amazing products and am going to share here with you some of the samples I took. These are the two that really stood out for me. I always only take what I think is great for Layla as I do not believe in stuffing bags and getting stuck with stuff.

Tropiclean Pet Products

I have always used their dental products which are amazing and keep her teeth pearly white but to see that they have come out with Shampoo & Conditioner (I took a bottle of Papaya & Coconut) and cannot wait to try it on Layla this week. Another product they have come out with which I have already tried on her and it was amazing is their Tropiclean OxyMed All Purpose Gentle Cleaning Wipes - a must have in the house is the way I feel. Layla usually scratches from wipes and these worked wonderfully on her.

To see more about their products their website is :
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Treatibles

I had in the past won a package of the Treatibles treats which Madam Layla is not mad about, but having checked out their website I was really excited to see them there. Had a wonderful chat with Jodi and she was kind enough to give me a sample bottle of the CBD Oil.
My verdict - I have found gold. Layla on the first day got Dr Bach Rescue Remedy to calm her with all the chaos and it worked but she was antsy also. On Sunday I decided to give her the CBD oil and it was like chalk and cheese, one calm relaxed happy girl, I actually went over to Jodi and did a happy dance thanking her for the sample - Amazing and in my eyes a must have in your disaster bag or for times when there is thunder or fireworks.

To see more about their products their website is :
Click here

Grandma Lucy's

Yes I work for them and swear by their foods but I must admit with walking around, looking at the different food and treat companies, nothing spoke to me the way Grandma Lucy's does especially for Layla and I am blessed to be part of their team today and share so that others can enjoy their wonderful dog food and treats, no recalls, organic, grain free, made in California plus all ingredients are from California

To see more about their products their website is :
Click here

BUT BUT BUT the highlight of this event and the most important part of this event is the adoption part where over 40 rescues come together to look for homes for animals, dogs, cats, birds, snakes, rabbits, rats plus more and the verdict ..... Drumroll ...... over 1211 animals found homes in the two days of the event and there are still adoptions pending so that is not the final count - that is just incredible. Plus Petfood Express gives every new pet owner a bag of goodies for their new pet.

So on this happy note we want to thank Pet Food Express for all the amazing work you do for our community, in my eyes you are the #1 Pet Store in San Francisco, and to all the rescuers who work so hard thank you for helping to get all the animals new homes and to everyone reading this, life is lonely and boring without the love and loyalty of your pet, so treasure them, enjoy them and remember an hour a day with your pet and no electronics, will keep all medications away.

Shana Tova, Happy New Year
With Love, laughter and peace, Layla and Me

Note : I have not been sponsored by anyone whose products I mentioned but am doing this as I am in love with their products only.

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(October 3, 2017)

Sandy Weinstein

have a wonderful Happy Yom Kippur

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(September 21, 2017)

Robin

Happy New Year! I hope that all of your celebrations are joyous and you have peace and prosperity over the next year. Those are some awesome choices by Layla. She has great taste! If I remember correctly, my kitties have tried something from Treatibles before and they enjoyed it.
-Purrs from your friends at www.PlayfulKitty.net

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(September 20, 2017)

Sandy Kubillus

Happy New Year to you too! I too like to attend pet friendly events especially for rescues. I also love Treatibles. I used one last night when Buffy's eye pressure spiked! She fell asleep in minutes.

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(September 20, 2017)

Beth

Happy New Year! I hope it is filled with a lot of love and joy! I just bought my first item on your auction site recently and it was a great experience. Thanks for helping rescues in so many ways!

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(September 20, 2017)

Sweet Purrfections

Wow! The most exciting part does appear to be that over 1200 pets were adopted!

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(September 20, 2017)

Sadie

WOW! Shana Tova UMetuka indeed! That is wonderful that 1211 companions will start off the new year in living homes. And lucky Layla for scoring all those goodies.

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(September 20, 2017)

Michelle

Happy New Year to you both! What a fab event you attended at the weekend, so wonderful that rescues came together and so many pets found a new home! So lovely to read about.

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(September 20, 2017)

Kamira Gayle

First Happy New Year to you and Layla. And second how wonderful that the event was such a success. Over 1200 animals adopted in 2 days if fantastic. Glad you had a good time. Kuddos to you and Layla for all the work you do.

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(September 20, 2017)

The Dash Kitten Crew

Wow have YOU had a packed weekend and week! It tired me out just reading what you got up too!

Congratulations on a successful dhow and well done Layla scoring a great place to hunker down at the fair! * high paw *. We also LOVE that so many pets got adopted - how Important is this. New pets in new homes has to be the best thing!!

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(September 20, 2017)

M. K. Clinton

We love all of those companies too! I am an affiliate for Treatibles so you can use my code BFTB and save 10% on future orders. I LOVE the treats and oil. It is amazing!

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(September 20, 2017)

happygodoodle

Wow! Congratulations on such a successful show...and that so many pets found forever homes.

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I am working this weekend WOOF (September 12, 2017)

Layla



Woof everyone,

We are praying the worst is over with hurricanes, pets will be safe in their homes with their families and life can slowly go back to normal.

Here in San Francisco it has been crazy, between record breaking heat, to cool downs to hot again and then on Monday night KABOOM, thunder and lightening which Mom said she had not seen since she got here and that is nearly 10 years. There were over 1200 ground strikes over night, OMG. I was very scared from the booms and started running around the house trying to find a safe place till Mom gave me a piece of chicken with Dr. Bach Rescue Remedy on and it helped me relax. Thank goodness for that although I did hide on my bed in the shower and slowly went to sleep.

So yesterday I was relaxed all day and as the weather is still weird here, one minute hot and humid, the next minute cool, and in the evening drizzling and overcast Mom put some drops in my water bowl to be prepared and I would not freak out again. As she says rather be safe than sorry.

On Saturday and Sunday I will be working with Mom and someone from Grandma Lucy's. We are going to be going to the Bay Area Pet Fair - CA's Largest Pet Party & Adoption Event, this is held ever year and just amazing. The Bay Area Pet Fair, hosted by Pet Food Express, is the largest pet adoption event in California! The Fair will feature more than 70 rescues and thousands of dogs, cats, and small animals of all sorts will strut their stuff looking for their new forever home!

In addition, the Fair is full of fun for everyone in the family! Admission and parking are free, pets on leash are welcome, and there will be live shows and demos, activities for people and pets, a variety of food and drink options, lots of giveaways and prizes, and tons of samples and goodies to take home. You need a big bag to get it all home – unless you’re adopting, then Pet Food Express has got you covered with their awesome new-adopter Wag Bag!

Pet Food Express is an amazing Pet Food Chain, only in California and where I only shop when I shop local. They do so much for the community it amazes me plus one of the perks I love when shopping there is that if you buy a food or treat and your pet does not like it, you can exchange it open and they will credit you. What they do with all the open bags is donate them to the different non profit organizations for their food banks like PAWS (Pets Are Wonderful Support), VetSOS - which is an organization that goes to the different parks helping the homeless with their pets and many others

Mom has promised me that depending on time I will go with her for a walk around to taste everything while she checks things out BOL I cannot wait.

So that is our plans this week and we are hoping that if anyone is from the Bay Area pop on over to Grandma Lucy's to meet us and of course get a couple of samples.

Or you can see what amazing food and treats they have on their website - Layla approved :

Granda Lucy's

Now am going off for my after walk morning siesta to dream of all the yum I am going to get over the weekend,


Be safe with a big woof from Layla




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(October 4, 2017)

Lori Hilliard

Thank you for addressing an important topic. It's so easy to tell an abused person to "just leave," but there is no "just" about it when they fear leaving a beloved pet behind. It takes a great deal of planning to escape abuse and take a pet with you.

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(September 14, 2017)

Valentine

I'm sorry the booms frighten you. We don't get them very often here in O-R-E-gon, but I heard them the other day. I hope you aren't getting the smokey from area fires. It has finally cleared up a bit here. For awhile it was pretty stinky & made me sneeze. I hope you have a fun time with your momma at the fair!

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(September 13, 2017)

Sweet Purrfections

The Bay Area Pet Fair sounds like an awesome event. Have fun this weekend. There is a Greek Festival in our town this weekend and our first home college football game.

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(September 13, 2017)

Dorothy "FiveSibesMom"

Oh, sweet Layla, it sounds like you are going to have a wonderful time at that fair and all the taste testing....mmmm...has me drooling! Thank you for your work with Dash Kitten on the Austin Pets Alive! auction! We, took, hope and pray all are safe who were in the hurricanes' paths.

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(September 13, 2017)

Layla

Dorothy thank you so much for donating your book, it is on my wish list for Hanukkah LOL, it was a great auction and I always love helping and giving back. Yes the Fair over the weekend will be fun and a great way to see what is new on the market :)

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(September 13, 2017)

Clare Reece-Glore

Layla, you are such a busy girl! Thanks for doing the auction and helping people and pets after the storms.

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(September 13, 2017)

Layla

Thanks so much and we love giving back especially when it comes to rescues

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(September 13, 2017)

Amelia Johnson

Pet fairs are fun places to go to make new friends and shop for new toys and treats. Gusto hopes Layla stays cool and gives lots of kisses to make the people happy. Keep up the good work!

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(September 13, 2017)

Cathy Armato

I'm so glad the storms have quieted down - for now. It's hurricane season on the East coast so I'm sure there will be more. I pray we don't have any more awful disasters. I hope you enjoy this weekend's event Layla!
Love & Biscuits,
Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

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(September 13, 2017)

kelly

Sounds like that was quite a night of thunder storms you had, our weather has been up and down lately, just the last days of summer, waiting for the fall weather. Best of luck, and wishing you a fantastic weekend at your Pet party and Adoption weekend!

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(September 13, 2017)

Kamira Gayle

Layla this is wonderful you'll be present to help mom at Bay Area Pet Fair - CA's Largest Pet Party & Adoption Event. I visitied San Francisco years ago and can't imagine hot and humid. It's always usually sunny and windy/cool. Strange happenings lately with Mother nature. Stay safe and have fun at the event!

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(September 13, 2017)

Lola The Rescued Cat

The Pet Fair sounds like a FAB event! We hope you have a lot of fun, and we also hope lots of pets find their forever homes! Have fun!

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(September 13, 2017)

Dash Kitten Crew

Good fortune go with your the fair.

Granda Lucy's treats have a great reputation, so I expect you to be paid well in premiums treats Layla.

Don't let Mom sell out of stock ;-)

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(September 14, 2017)

happygodoodle

Thanks for sharing this post! It sounds like exceptional customer service when a business will let you return a product (opened) if your pet doesn't like it AND donate it to help other organizations!

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September has arrived ....... plus National Disaster Preparedness Month (September 5, 2017)

Layla



Good Morning All,

September has arrived and with it just chaotic weather everywhere, natural disasters that has made me think about how precious life is, how important it is for us to look after the enviroment for the future generations and at the moment it feels as if there is one disaster after another as if there is no time to breathe in between.

So with this lets all step back and look at the past two weeks :

01. Hurricane Harvey, the devastation is horrific, the lives lost both humans and animals, what people are having to face today and slowly get back on their feet again. Rescue Organizations running around trying to save every animal from drowning, endless hours of work which I so admire, emptying the shelters to make space for all those poor displaced animals. I know that about 70 arrived in the Bay Area to find homes, what an amazing way of networking so those animals will soon have new homes.

02. The record breaking heat wave in the Bay Area, San Francisco broke records heat wise on Friday, we were even hotter than Phoenix Arizona, our houses are not built for this kind of heat so it was unbearable. Layla hardly went out as I was worried about her burning her paws on the sidewalk, and on top of that people were all saying it was Earthquake weather, which makes you wonder....

A little chuckle, I had a new job during this nightmare, making blocks of ice to put in front of the fans and changing them around all the time so that Madam would be comfortable.

Phew I can say today the fog slowly arrived again so hopefully we will really cool down.

The fires burning all over California and the loss of animal life, vegetation and it hurts me so much to see this on TV.

03. Hurricane Irma is on the way to hit Florida this week, our prayers go out to all those that will be affected, and we have posted on our Facebook page and mentioning here if you see a stray animal try help it before the hurricane hits, you will be saving a life.

And then I go back to saying September is National Disaster Preparedness Month and what else will happen this month ?
Are we really prepared in our house for one ?

What do we really need ? It worries me as I wonder what if I am not home when an earthquake happens. Will Layla be ok? Do any of you think of this ?

Do I have the right items in my disaster bag which is next to the door ? Yes I have rechecked but I then say will I have time to pick up and run when an earthquake hits, and the more I think about it I think to myself maybe I should try a trial run this week. Might sound crazy but would rather be safe than sorry.

So this is in my bag and if anyone thinks I am missing something let me know : collar / leash / harness / Water / flashlight / batteries / radio / change of clothing / food for Layla and me / poop bags / dog treats / blanket / toy for her / first aid kit / copies of documents / cash / usb drives of all my computer files / my beach canopy that I could use as a tent and other sentimental items of mine. It sounds a lot but I still wonder if it is enough.

I also say that I can live off bread and water but her food is extremely important and that is one of the reason I love Grandma Lucy's as it is freeze dried and therefore I don't have to worry about kibbles all over the bag.

And the most important thing to remember is : Microchip Microchip Microchip

So when all these disasters hit us, and however much we are prepared we all lose material items which for me is as I say, something that can be replaced, but the lives of the animals and birds cannot so it is so important we try to protect those, and that is when I always say the Rescuers are my heroes, their endless work is something that money cannot buy and we are so blessed to have them, so when we decided to do the fund raiser for Austin Pets Alive, it was a way of giving back to them as a thank you.

Auction4PetSupplies.com

On this note I am asking everyone to be safe, prayers going out to those that will be hit by Irma, and most of all a big big thanks to all those that step up and help those that need the help, you are all angels.

Have a great safe week,
With a woof and love from Layla

PS. to see what other National Holidays and Observances for September you can find them on this link for our Facebook page :

Auction4PetSupplies


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(September 7, 2017)

Amy Shojai, CABC

These storms are unprecedented. Getting the word out with safety tips for pets and their people is vital. Thanks for sharing this important information!

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(September 8, 2017)

Amelia Johnso

We should be awake enough every day to be prepared for the unexpected...excellent topic and wake up call...

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(September 7, 2017)

Layla

My pleasure and as I say rather be safe than sorry

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(September 6, 2017)

The Dash Kitten Crew

We have EQ bags and plenty of cat food in store. Sometimes buying or 8 is a benefit (big bags MOL!!). I don't have much faith in governments helping people and pets much so you make sure you are well prepared. So much of the world is at risk these days, you two take care,especially if they are mentioning quakes.

I hope Layla's paws are OK in the heat. I know that in AZ at BlogPaws there ere people walking dogs at 5 am in the coolest part of the day! BlogPaws had someone sponsoring little paw boots. I ha never seen them before but they worked!

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(September 7, 2017)

Layla

Am happy to know you have your bags ready like me, Layla is fine thank goodness as the heat is over phew

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(September 6, 2017)

Sweet Purrfections

Great suggestions! We're trying to get prepared because of Irma. Even though she's scheduled to hit Florida, all of the recent models show her going through SC!

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(September 7, 2017)

Layla

We are sitting here watching what is happening, be safe

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(September 6, 2017)

Rebecca Sanchez

Your list is very thorough and we are going to take a few tips from it :) The only thing I might add is a picture of Layla (and yourself) just in case - 99.9% chance you'll ever need the picture, but just in case. We're making our emergency/disaster kit as we have fire fire in WA state (very bad, and one is 18 miles from our cabin) - so we appreciate this timely post!

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(September 7, 2017)

Layla

Rebecca thank you for making me feel better about my list, and feel free to use it for yourself, that is how we all help each other by discussing

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(September 6, 2017)

Irene McHugh

I get stressed too thinking about whether or not I'm prepared for a disaster. In terms of you feeling a bit "out there" for practicing an earthquake evacuation drill, ohhh I have thoughts. Practicing for an emergency is being responsible. Schools are required to practice fire drills, usually once a month. In the early 1900s schools were burning down and adults and children were dying. Fire drills began. "Stop, Drop, and Roll" was added years later. When was the last time you heard of anyone dying in a school fire? Sadly, school shootings seem more common, but most schools practice lock down drills once or twice a school year. Last summer I attended an Active Shooter Workshop from the Pima County Sheriff's Department. An incredible learning experience where previous shootings were discussed and analyzed to help teachers understand options and tactics. We also got to run through live scenarios with drama student actors to practice the FBI model "Run, Hide, Fight". Practicing made a world of difference! You practice. You practice as many times as you need or as often as you like. When disaster strikes, you'll be the person who knows what to do, and more than likely, others will be following your lead. You will save lives.

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(September 7, 2017)

Layla

I remember the air raid siren drills when I lived in Israel and that is why I thought of doing one here now for an emergency and I think it is really good for all of us as we will distress about

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(September 6, 2017)

Layla

Our prayers go out to all those in Irma's way

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(September 6, 2017)

Mishu

Great article indeed. We live in NC and so today we bought many things to survive the upcoming storm.

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(September 7, 2017)

Layla

Mishu be safe

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Horrible Hurricane Harvey - Auction for Austin Pets Alive (August 29, 2017)

Layla



Woof Everyone,

We are praying that our fur friends are all safe and our prayers go out to all our fur and feathered friends in Houston and hope that this nightmare will be over soon.

When it all started, and the pictures started showing on our newsfeed on Facebook we were in shock to see the devastation, need and the suffering of both the humans and animals but most of all what really touched our hearts was the animals and their suffering.

Marjorie, a fellow blogger from her blog DashKitten.com mentioned that she was planning to set up an auction for a fantastic organization Austin Pets Alive, I jumped up and said Mom she should use our website, which is an auction site so it is all set up and all you have to do is add the items or bid for the items, and that is how we got involved. It does not cost anything for a Rescue Organization to have a fundraiser there so the ball started rolling.

Click here to see the items being auctioned in the different catagories :

Auction4PetSupplies

The Auction started yesterday, 29 August and ends on the 9th of September and we are asking everyone to clean out their closets, suppliers who make pet related items, list items or do some early Christmas shopping by bidding on something. You getting something new and your money is being used to help the animals. What could be better than that.




When you list an item please remember to write in the description that proceeds from the sale go to Austin Pets Alive.

Who are they : Austin Pets Alive are not an average animal shelter. They have fantastic programs designed to save animals most at risk from euthanasia.

If you want to learn more about the organization this is their website :

Click here :

AustinPetsAlive

So I am woofing out to every pawdy lets help Austin Pets Alive to keep doing the amazing work they are doing.

We also want to remind everyone to make sure you have a emergency bag packed plus a plan so that you will be safe.

I am now going to my box to sleep as we have been working hard on this auction so that every animal will be safe and happy.

Thank you for joining in this auction and helping them.
Woof with love from Layla

PS. Please do not forget there are a couple of days left for the Paw Pops give away, open for the USA only

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(September 6, 2017)

Lola The Rescued Cat

Thank you for running the auction to help the pets of Texas that have been impacted by Harvey. We're glad we could donate an item.

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(September 2, 2017)

Tara Brown

This is amazing! You guys are awesome!

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(August 30, 2017)

Rebecca Sanchez

You are so right, have an emergency plan ready because you just never know! Thanks for that reminder. What a Team! Bloggers working WorldWide to help animals in need. Totally love that you all are doing such an awesome thing, all of us are connected and at any time it could be any one of us - your selflessness is so beautiful! Will share and look to see how we can get involved!

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(August 30, 2017)

Dash Kitten

What a Team! Bloggers working WorldWide to help animals in need.

Layla here doing a wonderful with the auction (a million thanks), Mudpie and Melissa beavering away on our spreadsheet too side by side with Dash Kitten!!

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(August 30, 2017)

Sweet Purrfections

Thank you for agreeing to help the animals in Houston. I know this is a lot of hard work, so your time and effort is greatly appreciated.

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(August 30, 2017)

Lola The Rescued Cat

We've been praying for all of the victims of Harvey. Thank you so much for doing this to help the animals of Austin.

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(August 30, 2017)

Heather Wallace

I love that you and Dash Kitten teamed up on this! These animals will need all the help they can get.

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(August 30, 2017)

Hindy Pearson

Layla you're such a sweetie, teaming up with Marjorie to help your fellow fur babies survive a really tough time. You are a credit to your species.

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(August 30, 2017)

Miss Harper Lee

What a wonderful thing you're doing! Shelters on the outskirts of a disaster area are so often inundated with rescues from the affected area. It's a challenge when resources are already tight.

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(August 30, 2017)

Patty

I thank you for hosting the auction for the poor pets in Texas. I know that every bit of money raised will be appreciated.

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(August 30, 2017)

Dear Mishu

Thank you for reaching out from so far away to help the pets in Texas! that's really thoughtful and a good reminder that we need to have a plan in place!

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Summer Holidays are nearly over (August 22, 2017)

Layla



Happy Wednesday all !

We took a break from blogging last week as I decided to have a total break from all and start again this week, so here we are.

Life in the Layla neighborhood has been busy as always, I am not sure who keeps who more busy LOL but we are on the go wherever possible, visiting pet stores for Grandma Lucy's, Dog Parks and of course in the middle of it all she got a bath also, oy vey that was the miserable part of the week, but she is now smelling like a coconut macaroon.

Layla is a funny girl, in the mornings when she wants to walk, we walk, whether I like it or not so lately what starts as a 4 block walk for 30 minutes has become an 8 block walk for an hour and if I have not managed to have my coffee before then I am grumpy by the time I get home but Madam Wiggle Butt Waggy Tail is in her element.
I think she does it on purpose and her favorite is if I want to go left she will want right and it goes on and on like that. We always though end the walk in the park so that she can run through it without her leash saying hi to all on the way

I must admit for a dog that is going on 11 years old she is amazingly healthy and her puppy energy is incredible. She gets no supplements of any kind, will not start them as I do not believe in them and I personally do not take them either.

What makes me laugh is if a bus has its door open she will try hop on, one or two of the drivers have just laughed with me when she has done that. She has also found birds, what I mean by that is in the last six months she chases the pigeons on the sidewalk (she is on leash) which I think rather cute especially as she then looks at me wagging her tail as if to say "look what I did".

So never a dull moment on those walks with her.

In between all and I think we owe everyone a give away with the end of summer creeping up on us, I was given a wonderful item to review, it was yummy and Layla licked on it till it was nearly gone. What was it ?




It was Paw Pops !!!!!!!!!! Thats right Paw Pops are Chicken & Beef Flavor Pops with the following ingredients :
Grade A chicken & beef
100% Salmon oil
Glucosamine
Omega 3`s
DAIRY FREE
Gluten free
Grain free

I love the ingredients, that they are made in the USA plus most important is that because they are frozen I can take them to the park and it keeps her busy enjoying them and keeping cool, plus of course they are healthy.

So who are Paw Pops : Paw Pops is on a mission to fill every home and doggy tummy with nutritious, delicious, and all-natural treats. With flavors like Chicken & Beef, Salmon & Peanut Butter, and Vegetarian; there is sure to be a treat perfect for your pup! Paw Pops wants you to be happy in your treat selection for your dog and confident that they care about your furry best friend’s health as much as you do!

To read more about them you can visit their website : Click here


Our give away this week is a Sample Packet of Paw Pops to pamper your pooch with and we really hope they will enjoy them as much as we did.

All participants must be from the USA and over 18 years old.

So now I have shared the yummy paw pops give away, I am off to have my morning snooze in my box, have walked Mom and she needs her coffee BOL.

Good luck and have a wonderful week,
Woof with love from Layla

PS. All my doggy friends, don't forget that August 26th is National Dog Day that means ummmm errrrrrr lots of extra treats BOL


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(September 2, 2017)

Tara Brown

I am a teacher, so I have summers off. The highlight of my summer was being able to snuggle with my senior dog Diamond in the air conditioning while listening to audiobooks...and, yes, we did it every single day!
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(August 24, 2017)

Linda Szymoniak

The highlight of my summer was my youngest daughter coming home for a visit. It was the first time I've seen her in 2-1/2 years. I wish she lived closer. My oldest lives about a half an hour from me and my middle daughter lives at home (if she moves, it would be about 1-1/2 to 2 hours from me but very easy to visit and she'd come home, too).

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(August 24, 2017)

Sandy Weinstein

i guess the good highlights of my summer were going to the dog and horse shows and see my friends that i only usually see at these events. however, the bad highlights was losing my sweet baby girl, Evie, on Aug. 11. so would say this has not been a good summer for me.

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(August 23, 2017)

Dash Kitten

We can't wait for summer to get here. This winter cold is just no fun!!!

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(August 24, 2017)

Cathy Armato

It's so great that you & Layla walk for a whole hour! It's so healthy for both of you, as well as fun. I get a kick out of Layla trying to board the bus, LOL!!
Love & biscuits,
Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

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(August 23, 2017)

Amy Hempe

I hadn't heard of these treats either! But they look great. I can relate to a four-block walk taking 30 minutes. I used "map my walk" and saw we did .8 of a mile in 17 minutes when I insisted upon moving.

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(August 23, 2017)

Beth

This summer has gone by so quickly! Those treats sound like they are good supplements for older dogs or a dog with joint issues.

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(August 23, 2017)

Joely Smith

I have not heard of the paw pops before! I love hearing about new goodies!!
It must be in the L names for female pups because my Lyla is the same way! In fact, I was just about to read your article and she NOTIFIED me it was time to go outside! I think she gets a little jealous when I look at photos of other pretty doggies!

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(August 23, 2017)

Sweet Purrfections

How wonderful Layla likes to walk and helps you get exercise. I bet everyone on the bus has a wonderful laugh when she tries to board.

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(August 23, 2017)

Debbie

That's too cute that Layla tries to hop on busses! Oh my goodness, that would make me giggle to see in person too! What a cutie. Sounds like you've been enjoying your summer.

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(August 23, 2017)

Marni Alvino

I love you auction site. Layla has the best taste.
Thank you for making the best auction on Facebook.

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(August 23, 2017)

Natalie Hartmann

My mom came to visit myself and my 3 dogs. We had a great time.

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(August 23, 2017)

Hindy Pearson

Hi Layla, it's been awhile nice to hear you're doing so well!! I didn't realise you were 11 - amazing. You sound a lot like Jack, except for the chasing birds part. He knows exactly which route he wants to take on our walk, and my preference is not a factor. He goes to the beach when he's in the mood, the park or just a walk around the neighbourhood. He does see open bus doors as an invitation to hop on too! Great giveaway I'm sure my dogs would love them, I know they didn't leave their doggie ice cream in the bowl long enough to melt.

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(August 22, 2017)

Layla

Yumm Yummm Yummm

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(August 23, 2017)

Paroma

Its great to have glucosamine in paw pops, helps with joints!

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(August 24, 2017)

Shayla

We love making pupsicles here! I make giant ones for my big guys!!!

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(August 25, 2017)

Desiree

We adopted kitten 3 lb aND she is queenie wand her sister a chiawaii same size
And pom who big brother 6 lb

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Dog Events and having fun (August 9, 2017)

Layla



Woof,

It is Wednesday and I being the Boss am going to tell you all about our weekend which was busy with adventure and fun.

Mom who is supposed to be taking a break from work (teaching) BOL is busy with my favorite food Grandma Lucy's which she is promoting for them. I must agree it is the best food on the market in my eyes, it is keeping me healthy and young cos although I will be 11 this year, it is just a number as I feel like I am only 4 BOL.

On Saturday we went to one of my favorite parks, Alamo Square, it was windy but it is such a beautiful park and so much to smell and wander around in. Lots of dogs so I made some new friends which was pawsome


While I was having fun Mom was walking around talking to the dog people about Grandma Lucy's yummy food and treats, we were both surprised to see how many people do not give their dogs kibbles and were really interested in the food. One dog owner even said that he could not believe my age because I am so active with of course my tail wagging. So for once shh don't tell Mom but she is doing something right and I am one happy girl.

On Sunday we went to a Dog Event. I do not like the noises and all the people but I do love tasting all the treats at these places, yummm. There were a couple of Resue Organizations with beautiful dogs up for adoption, and OH there was even a bird rescue there so Mom stopped to look at the beautiful birds looking for homes. I got a present from some nice lad of a new paw bandanna which I wore there and I think I looked so smart. Sorry no picture as I would not sit still for Mom as there was lots to taste.

We of course discussed Grandma Lucy's food with the people, handed out brochures and samples to those that were interested, cos it is important to make sure us dogs stay healthy and eat well.

So it was a fun busy weekend, I had the fun and Mom worked. What could be better than that as I have the best part of the deal.

We are in the middle of the week, cannot believe how fast the year is going, and I must now go and have some breakfast and then of course go back to sleep, it is a hard life. Mom is going out for the morning and hopefully she will come home with some bones for me, cos I feel I deserve them as I work hard for her showing everyone how special and healthy I am.

For those interested in Grandma Lucy's check out their website, the Oven Baked Biscuits are delicious, the food is so so so good and the freeze dried treats are an extra yumm.

To learn more about Grandma Lucy's go to their website :

Grandma Lucy's

Now the most important announcement I have is did you know tomorrow, 10th August, is National Spoil your Dog Day !!!!!!!!!!! I get spoiled every day so I am wondering what Mom is going to do for me tomorrow, do you have any plans for your dog ?? Lets hear cos maybe Mom has forgotten something....

To celebrate this day we are going to choose 5 random readers who have commented a sample pack of 4 samples USA only - Bon Appetit to the lucky ones.

Have a great week with a woof and love from Layla



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(August 13, 2017)

Rachel

Sounds like you had an awesome weekend last week! I hope this weekend's adventures were just as fun!

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(August 11, 2017)

Layla

This give away is closed, we hope everyone got totally spoiled, winners will receive emails from us, thank you for your comments, have a wonderful weekend
Woof with love from Layla

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(August 11, 2017)

Cody Bear

Cody says am I to late

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(August 10, 2017)

Inez Cegelis

I've recently tried freeze dried treats for Lucky and he really liked them. They're now on the shopping list :)

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(August 10, 2017)

Tena Hastings

We have Grandma Lucy's pumpkin treats here! Shaped like little teddy bears! :D Saucy loves them!!! Defy will eat them on his good days. Since he's a little older than you are his little teeth are worn quite a bit. He's about ready to move to mostly soft things. Grandma Lucy's pumpkin teddy bears are wonderful!!! Easy for my disabled hands to break down for him to eat but cookie enough that Saucy gets her crunch on.

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(August 10, 2017)

Layla

Tena the cookies are delicious, I even munch on them and I suggest you do. Thanks for commenting and hugs to your babies

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(August 10, 2017)

Shelley P

Glad you had so much fun! We love going to doggy events too :) And for National Spoil your Dog Day maybe we will have some baked salmon on the BBQ :) Have yourself a wooftastic day!

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(August 10, 2017)

Layla

Shelly that salmon sounds delicious, best way to pamper and spoil your babies, yummmmm

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(August 10, 2017)

happygodoodle

It sounds like you had a wonderful adventure at Alamo Square. And making new friends? That's always fun! Thanks for sharing your adventures!

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(August 10, 2017)

Layla

Thank you for your kind words, we love sharing our adventures as life is so short and we must enjoy it as much as possible

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(August 9, 2017)

Irene McHugh

Hi Layla, your weekend sounds like it was quite the adventure. I had no idea that tomorrow is Spoil Your Dog Day. Bernie and Lizzie will be thrilled. Thank you for the valuable tip. I'm sure your mom has something super special planned for you too. Enjoy!

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(August 10, 2017)

Layla

Hi Irene, yup today is lets get spoiled day and Layla is going to be extra spoiled, cannot wait to hear what you do with Lizzie, have a wonderful day

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(August 10, 2017)

Layla

Hi Irene, yup today is lets get spoiled day and Layla is going to be extra spoiled, cannot wait to hear what you do with Lizzie, have a wonderful day

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(August 9, 2017)

Sandy Weinstein

i love Grandma Lucy's products. they have excellent food. i love their raw food and treats. the freeze dried is wonderful. my 3 gals would love these. thank you. i have no plans other than taking care of my oldest gal, and trying to clip my 2 younger gals.

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(August 9, 2017)

Layla

Their food is amazing and that is why we love sharing some when we can, have a wonderful day

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(August 9, 2017)

Sweet Purrfections

I'm happy to hear you've found a food that works for Layla and she is doing well on it.

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(August 9, 2017)

Layla

Thanks and yes I am very relieved to have found them and that Layla is doing so well on it

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(August 9, 2017)

Layla

Thanks and yes I am very relieved to have found them and that Layla is doing so well on it

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(August 9, 2017)

Dorothy "FiveSibesMom"

Mmm...dog events with treats, sounds perfect! Grandma Lucy treats sound delish, will have to check them out for my pups!

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(August 9, 2017)

Layla

Dorothy the food and treats are awesome and highly recommended

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(August 9, 2017)

Vikki Borman

Today I purchased a bag of the Organic oven baked blueberry treats. My friend told me that when she had her pet store the sales rep had them sample one without knowing they were "dog" treats and she told me how good they were. After opening the bag I tried one. Oh my gosh, don't know if the dogs will get them or not.....actually, they loved them. Can't wait to try the others. 😋😊

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(August 9, 2017)

Layla

Vikki they are delicious and as I say morish, people have thought me mad when I have eaten them and told them to taste them but once they do they all say yumm LOL, am happy you have bought some and enjoy

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(August 9, 2017)

Sandy Weinstein

i love Grandma Lucy's products. they have excellent food. i love their raw food and treats. the freeze dried is wonderful. my 3 gals would love these. thank you. i have no plans other than taking care of my oldest gal, and trying to clip my 2 younger gals.

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(August 9, 2017)

Dash Kitten Crew

We reckon you are definitely spoiled Layla. Who else gets to suervise their mum while SHE works (hee heee!!!)

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(August 9, 2017)

Layla

Yes she is a Bossy little girl LOL

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(August 9, 2017)

Kamira Gayle

Wow Grandma Lucy's has a whole wide selection of treats. I bet you are one happy camper Layla. Treats galore! Hard work indeed. :)

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(August 9, 2017)

Layla

They are wonderful treats and food Kamira and she deserves them as I take her with me to all the events etc so she is working hard LOL

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(August 9, 2017)

Nichole

We love that your Mom is working with Grandma Lucy's - bet you get lots of extra treats too! That sounds like a great park.

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(August 9, 2017)

Layla

Nichole they are great food and yes we are lucky to be working for this fantastic company and the park is one of the nicest parks in SF, I love it

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(August 9, 2017)

Heather Wallace

It sounds like Layla had an amazing day and is doing very well on Grandma Lucy's! Seeing the Painted Ladies sure does make me miss San Francisco.

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(August 9, 2017)

Layla

Heather come visit :) The food has done wonders for her what I really love is that it is made in California and has never had recalls

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(August 9, 2017)

Joely Smith

We have never tried Grandma Lucy's food but the treats we have and our pup LOVES them! They smell AMAZING good enough for me to eat!

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(August 23, 2017)

Jana Rade

It cooled down quickly here. Cookie likes it when it gets cooler, though. Of course, there are other challenges coming up now, such as mushrooms.

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(August 10, 2017)

Layla

Joelly as much as the treats smell good they are so delicious and yes you should try one, you will be in heaven LOL

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Wednesday Weekly Waffle (August 2, 2017)

Layla



Happy Wednesday everyone,

Can you believe we are in August, it seems like yesterday I was talking about the summer holidays and now am talking about starting to teach again.

Layla and I have had a great summer, we visited different parks, met with friends, she has been coming with me to dog events where I am working and I cannot complain it has been a fun time, quality time together.

Some excitement happened on Monday night, am still chuckling over part of it although it was scary, we had a fire in our building, two doors from my place, smoke everywhere. How did Layla deal with it, when she heard the alarms she went and hid in her box and I had to tip it to get her out, but once outside she was fine as I had grabbed a lot of treats for her.Thank goodness no one was hurt, the Fire Brigade arrived within minutes and it was all over within 30 minutes. But what made me chuckle most was everyone ran out of the building, pet owners with their pets, non pet owners with their laptops and phones. I always try to see the funny side of things as life is too short and laughter is the best medicine.

Yesterday evening was fun in the park, we had National Night Out where the Park Police Station and other law enforcement agencies come to meet the locals, BBQ burgers, hotdogs, Cupcakes and other yummy foods. It is all free and a wonderful way to mingle, learn and meet those that take care of us. Layla was spoiled with a hotdog from one of the cops so she was very happy, I broke my diet but enjoyed every bite LOL, and came home with a pamphlet "Dog Owners Guide for SF". Have not yet read it but plan to this week as it is always good to know laws, compiled and published by the San Francisco Police Department Park Station.

So with August comes the monthly list of National Animal Observances and Holidays which you can find on our Facebook page under notes :

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I could not believe how many holidays there are this month, one I learned about Dogust Universal Birthday for Shelter Dogs which was on the 1st, what a wonderful holiday and yes every shelter dog deserves a birthday.

I am still trying to figure out why they need a National Spoil your dog day on the 10th of August because as Layla told me spoil your dog day is every day, 365 days of the year.

So as you can see we have been busy, fun busy and we have another great Dog Event this coming Saturday in our Japan town which I am looking forward to.

Now as Layla says, Mom enough waffling and talking to me, I need my beauty sleep, so the Boss has spoken and I am going to leave it here.

Have a great day,
With a woof and love from
Layla

PS. Don't forget Christmas and Hanukkah is creeping up on us so lets bid or list on our website to help all the rescued pets have great holidays.

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(August 6, 2017)

Rebecca at MattieDog

Layla got herself a hot dog - from a fireman no less! How awesome - she must have been very happy. Your summer outings sound like a great deal of fun, and I'm sure little Layla loves being able to join you!

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(August 3, 2017)

Sweet Purrfections

I'm glad to hear you are okay from the fire in your building. I would be one of those people holding my cats in my arms. You should see me when we have tornado warnings. I quickly search for the girls and hold them in my arms in the center of the house.

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(August 3, 2017)

Dorothy "FiveSibesMom"

Wow...that fire and the alarms must have been scary at first. So happy all turned out okay for everyone! Quite the jumpstart into August! I can not believe August is here already! Summer is just speeding by! Here's to a happy, fun-filled, no-alarm-scares month of summer fun!

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(August 3, 2017)

Beth

I'm glad that everyone got out the building safely! You two always seem so busy with fun outings! I didn't know about DOGust, thanks for sharing all the holidays!

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(August 2, 2017)

Nichole

Well it sounds like you've had an eventful week! We can't believe it's August... but we so can't wait for fall!

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(August 2, 2017)

Layla

It has been a hectic week and just not stopping, I also am waiting for the fall I much prefer cool days to hot ones and Layla does for definite also :)

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(August 2, 2017)

The Dash Kitten Crew

You are right, there is a LOT happening in August! We realised we are packing our weekends full already! AND there is the solar eclipse too!

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(August 2, 2017)

Layla

It is crazy the way we over do it on weekends and then tired during the week LOL, I cannot wait for eclipse although not sure if I will see it here in SF

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(August 2, 2017)

Debbie

That's so crazy about the fire. Glad everyone was okay and Layla handled it well. Pet people and non-pet people definitely have different priorities. What a blatant show of that by what people decide to grab!

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(August 2, 2017)

Layla

Debbie I so agree with you, yes it was scary but thank goodness all is ok phew, as for priorities it really made me laugh and thank goodness all pets are ok :)

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(August 3, 2017)

Shayla

I can't believe how quickly the summer is coming to an end! I didn't realize we were getting close to the holiday seasons already...how the time does fly!

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Why National Mutt Day 31 July (July 26, 2017)

Layla



Good Morning friends,

On the 31st of July is National Mutt Day and as I am a Mutt, I thought we should discuss this.

Why National Mutt Day !

National Mutt Day or National Mixed Breed day was founded in 2005 to promote awareness for all the dogs in shelters who are not purebreds, they are often passed over for their pedigreed cousins, mixed breed dogs end up at a pet shelter more frequently, and they tend to wait longer in shelters before getting adopted. Why? They are looked over as many people have got it into their heads that a pure bred is a better dog despite their small gene pools and health issues.

Other Reasons :

01. It is because we encourage people to adopt Mutts from the shelters or rescue organizations and therefore giving them a loving home.

02. They have got the best temperants because most purebreds were bred for specific traits whereas Mutts have a blend and therefore sometimes it leads to a more mellow mood.

03. They are all so different - there is an infinite amount of possibilities. If you think about it this way: There are over 300 breeds of dogs so a mix can be very interesting also.

04. When you adopt a Mutt you are saving a life as 99 percent of the time they will be euthanized in a shelter quicker than a pure bred.

05. By buying a pure bred you are supporting someone who is most of the time doing it for money and therefore the poor dogs are like factories, especially in puppy mills.

06. Mixed Breeds have better health than pure breds because they have a sampling of genes from all over, adding to the dog’s overall health, lifespan, and well-being.

How to celebrate Mutt Day is very simple :

01. Adopt a Mutt - Do not shop / adopt

02. Volunteer or Donate to a shelter

This is one of the reasons we set up our Auction Site to help Rescue Organizations so with Christmas creeping up upon us let us all pop over to our site and start listing and bidding so our Heroes (Rescuers) can carry on their good work.

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03. Do not support online breeders, puppy mills or pet stores who use and abuse dogs for breeding and money only without thinking of the health of the poor dogs.

Now I am off here to get my beauty sleep, I am one lucky Mutt or as Mom says from pound to princess, and praying others will be as lucky as me.

Woof with love
Layla



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(July 31, 2017)

Annette

Thanks for this great backgrounder on the reason for National Mutt Day, and for sharing more about your story. You're such a beautiful Princess Mutt!

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(July 27, 2017)

Cathy Armato

I have one mutt and one purebred dog. I'm a huge advocate of Adopt don't Shop whenever possible. Although there are many dedicated breeders, there are too many puppy mills and online sellers of dogs that are so unsavory. A quality breeder only produces a small amount of litters each year. They also do DNA testing to prevent genetic defects, and are committed to continuing and improving the breed. Purebred dogs often end up in shelters or breed specific rescues. If you have your heart set on a particular breed, search for a rescue in your state dedicated to that breed first - chances are you'll find one! We will definitely be celebrating Nat'l Mutt Day in our house! Thanks for the reminder.

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(July 26, 2017)

Sweet Purrfections

We wish all cats and dogs could have forever homes, no matter if they are a mutt or a purebreed. We're lucky we came from a reputable breeder who treated her cats like members of the family.

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(July 26, 2017)

Beth

Thanks for the reminder of National Mutt Day! I've had both purebreds and mutts and all have been great dogs. It breaks my heart that some dogs are in puppy mills. It is wrong to profit at the expense of other living creatures.

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(July 26, 2017)

Dorothy "FiveSibesMom"

Enjoy our beauty rest, Layla, not that you need it you pretty, pretty princess! Happy Mutt Day!!!!

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(July 26, 2017)

Lola the Rescued Cat

Anything that promotes adoption and rescue sounds good to us! We love the idea of volunteering for a shelter.

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(July 26, 2017)

Layla

Lola I love that too :)

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(July 26, 2017)

Tonya Wilhelm

I love that you mention volunteering. That's such an amazing gift to give a pet in need. Layla, you are always so smart.

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(July 26, 2017)

Layla

Thank you Tonya and yes wherever we can help makes us feel good

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(July 26, 2017)

The Dash Kitten Crew

National Mutt Day sounds good to us Layla! You are the cutest mutt ever we admit, so maybe we are a bit biased ;-)

Have a good NMD!!!!!

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(July 26, 2017)

Layla

Awwww thank you for the compliment, have a great day

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(July 26, 2017)

Joely Smith

Oh I did not know July 31st is National Mutt Day but I am glad I do now! I agree! Mutts are the best! All of our dogs have been Mutts to some degree! Even our Lyla is not full breed but they are all SO wonderful, loving, and perfect!

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(July 26, 2017)

Layla

Thank you Joelly, I will only rescue, no breeder will get a penny from me, and big thanks for having mutts too. Have a great day

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(July 26, 2017)

Kamira Gayle

Layla Happy Mutt Day! You are quite cute! Thanks for giving great tips to celebrate this special day. Yep, I agree. Adopting from shelters is the way to go for sure!

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(July 26, 2017)

Layla

Kamira, thank you for agree with us, we will only rescue/adopt that is our motto in our house

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Having a Pet in a Domestic Violence Shelter (July 14, 2017)

Layla



TGIF, good morning all, week is over and weekend has arrived.

On Wednesday Layla and I went on an adventure to the East Bay which is not that far but when you travelling with a dog on a bus, train and then bus again both ways its a long exhausting day, especially when the Madam LOL decides to poop as you are running to catch the bus because you are running late and the next one is in a half hour. At that moment I did not know if I wanted to cry or laugh but in the end laughed as she just keeps me amused with her wagging tail and smile.

The reason for that adventure was to visit all the wonderful women that helped me with Baby when I ran and catch up on a lot of things. They adore Layla and she of course loves all the attention so it is worth all the travelling both ways.

One of the subjects we discussed was the petitions that have been going around regarding allowing women to take their pets with them to shelters. I love the idea and was fortunate to have Baby with me in a shelter (she was only allowed to stay in my room and was not allowed in any public areas excluding when I took her out for a walk) but there is a lot more to that than people realize. So yes we must discuss it so people understand more, and that it is not that easy.

Shelters are not very big, they normally consist of bedrooms, bathrooms, a living/dining area, kitchen and laundry room and then the offices. Plus in most cases a person can only stay there for up to 3 months, it is a stepping stone to freedom. Shelters also only open in the morning and close at about 9 am at night and you are not allowed out after that for your safety. Plus all shelters are confidential so you are not allowed to tell anyone where you are.

Having a pet in a shelter is important but there are pro's and cons to this which I am going to list below so you understand the limitations as such.

01. When a woman arrives in a shelter she has to sort her life out all over again, plus start healing. She might have kids with her which means finding schooling for them plus their healing.

02. Having a pet with her means another responsibility which can actually be overwhelming when she is at that stage in her life trying to find herself all over again.

03. The shelters have other kids who are dealing with their problems and a pet can be scary for them.

04. There are those that are allergic to pets which can cause a problem.

05. When a woman is out and about sorting her life out the Shelter has an added responsibility of the pet (From my experience I was signed on a form that the Shelter was not responsible for Baby at all)

06. The biggest pro though is knowing your pet is safe, with you and you can relax and not have to worry about your fur kid being abused again.

So what I am trying to do at this moment, and it is just a thought going through my head is find a solution as to how to help these women with pets as I fully understand why they do not want to leave their pets behind, I was in their position and blessed with the women from Shalom Bayit helping me and fostering Baby but not many are.

One of my ideas is to put together a foster program working with rescue organizations who do have foster programs to step in in cases of emergencies of Domestic Violence but there is a lot to sort out, figure out and hopefully in the end we will find a solution so that everyone will be safe.

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That is also one of the reasons I set up the Auction site as if we could donate more to the rescue organizations they would have a better financial situation and would be able to step in and help when there is a crisis, because if you think of it, we would be saving a pet from being abused. That is why I ask everyone to share about the website, list their items or bid as from every sale a percentage goes to a rescue.

Now I have shared with everyone what my new project is and keeping me on my toes, I want to remind you that our give away ends this weekend and one lucky fur Mom will have a beautiful sterling silver bone and paws bracelet.

Be safe everyone, remember you are not alone and you are welcome to email me also if you have questions or are in a Domestic Violence Relationship.

Have a wonderful weekend,
With a woof and love, Layla

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(July 19, 2017)

Beth

Thank you for sharing your insight! I know that an abusive relationship is very complicated and it can be so difficult for people to leave that situation. While I know the needs of a shelter are many, I hope that more shelters for victims of abuse will figure out ways to accommodate pets – whether it is a partner shelter or letting the animals stay within the shelter.

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(July 19, 2017)

Layla

Beth it is my dream also but having been through it with my dog I know how hard it can be also, the staff are not paid well so adding an extra responsibility is not fair to them also, and the list can go on and that is why I do believe that if we can get the pet into foster long term it would better for all.

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(July 19, 2017)

Sweet Purrfections

I can't imagine the emotions a women feels when she wants to leave an abusive situation but can't because of a pet. I admire that you are trying to do something positive based on your experiences.

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(July 19, 2017)

Layla

Thank you and I would love to give back and this could be one way of doing it

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(July 19, 2017)

The Dash Kitten Crew

It must be a truly frightening thing to pluck up the courage and finally make a run for safety. Not taking a pet would be the worst thing for me, so I wonder how many stay for their pets sake as well as any kids.

There are so many things here that people may not realise, so thank you for an important post.

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(July 19, 2017)

Layla

I am sure there are many that stay in relationships because of their pets but once you make the run it would be nice to know that your pet is safe also. The reason for this post was to point out that it is not as simple as people think and its an added responsibility for the Shelters and Staff who have enough on their plate already

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(July 19, 2017)

Michelle & The Paw Pack

It's great that there are options out there for people/pets in need. I don't have any kids and am not close to my family. As cheesy at it sounds to some people, my pets are my family. I know others feel the same way - it's just heartbreaking to have to think of giving up a pet but people sometimes find themselves in very difficult situations. I can't imagine going through the stress of a domestic violence situation and then having to give up my pets on top of that. Kudos to all the awesome people who work to try to keep families, whether they have two feet or four, together.

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(July 19, 2017)

Layla

Michelle I understand you fully and no it is not cheesy what you said, we just have to find a solution that everyone is safe, Baby was my furkid and Layla is today

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(July 19, 2017)

Debbie

Having a network of fosters waiting in case a woman ends up in the shelter and needs a safe place for their pet sounds like a great idea. Women in that situation have so many worries. It would be really helpful for them to have a place for their pets to go.

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(July 19, 2017)

Layla

Debbie I agree with you and that is what I am trying to work on so that a woman knows she can run with her pet and their will be a foster on the other side, as many stay in relationships because of their pets

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(July 19, 2017)

Kamira Gayle

This is a wonderful cause you are helping Rochelle. I was unaware of this issue until interacting with other animal bloggers recently. I would imagine is hard enough uprooting your life and escaping the violence, but adding kids and pets in the mix is a whole other ball game. Nice to know organizations are working to help women/men in abusive relationships get back on their feet while keeping their pets safe.

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(July 19, 2017)

Layla

Kamira so true, its a hard struggle but worth it in the long run and if women knew there was help for their pets I think it would make it easier

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(July 19, 2017)

Jodi Clock

I am so glad I read this. Your cause and for that fact this topic is one that needs to have top of mind awareness. I applaud you. Your thought and subject matter is worth sharing.

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(July 19, 2017)

Layla

Jodi thank you and yes we need to spread the awareness as I am sure there are many staying in this kind of relationship as their pets are their kids and they are afraid the abuser will abuse them.

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(July 18, 2017)

Holly Montgomery

I am so grateful I have never been in the position to have to choose between a shelter and my pet. I don't think I could be apart from my dogs.

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(July 19, 2017)

Layla

Holly when one has no choice and the safety of your pet is at stake also, I did it and would do it again as I managed to sleep at nights, get our life in order knowing Baby was safe. It is sometimes a choice of life and death

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(July 17, 2017)

Rascal and Rocco

I think the answer could vary. Not everyone is in a position to care for a pet, and some may have not properly trained their pets. But a pet can be such a comfort to someone already very much in need of feeling loved. I would love to see pets allowed in shelters, but I can see how it could be problematic for the shelter, others staying there, as well as the person trying to start a new life.

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(July 17, 2017)

Layla

Having a pet with you in a shelter is a lot of comfort but looking at the whole picture it could be a problem too for others so it is a very hard to make a decision as such

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(July 14, 2017)

Ruthie

Thanks for these points as it makes so much more sense to me now why Shelters are hesitant as such

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(July 14, 2017)

Sandy Weinstein

thank you for sharing. i think these are great points because they now allow animals in places when people have lost their homes. of course the dogs have to stay in their crates and you have a room. i never even thought about this in a women's shelter. thank you for bringing to my attention and others.

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(July 17, 2017)

Layla

Our pleasure Sandy and I did for people to understand that it is not as simple as we all think

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(July 16, 2017)

Jodi Stone - BtC4A

Thank you for adding this to the BTC post. I'm sorry you went through this, I had no idea. I'm glad you had people to help you when that decision was made, and that you were able to bring Baby with you. I'm sure that was quite a relief.

If you read my post, you'll see that there is a bill #PAWS Act that has been introduced in congress, specifically to aid women in DV situations and their pets. I'm really hoping it goes through. There is a link in my post to add your name and support to this incredibly important bill.

I prayer you continue to heal and recover.

Blessings

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(July 18, 2017)

Layla

Jodi thank you for your kind words, I was one of the lucky ones to get away with Baby R.I.P. I am aware about the Bill and the petitions etc but felt I wanted to share that there is more to the picture than just having pets in shelters but the surroundings, the other victims etc as we must take all that into consideration also.
Having been through it I wanted to share the other side also

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(July 19, 2017)

kelly

First I have to say I am sorry you had to experience this in your life. But I think you have an amazing idea with matching up fosters so these woman do not have to worry further or possibly have to give up their pets.

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(July 19, 2017)

Layla

Kelly thank you and yes I am one of the lucky ones and that is why I am trying to help others so they will not feel they are alone

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(July 19, 2017)

Nichole

Thank you for sharing this information. It's really an important topic that not too many openly talk about. I hope this helps many!

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(July 19, 2017)

Layla

Nichole thank you and yes by sharing and opening the eyes to others will in the end help solve the problem as many women that run from these relationships with pets are afraid their pets will be abused more

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(July 19, 2017)

The Daily Pip

You read my mind. I have always thought about trying to set up a foster care program for pets of women fleeing from abusive situations. So many women stay because they don't want to leave their pets behind.

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(July 19, 2017)

Layla

Thank you for thinking of us, yes there are many and setting up a foster program would make it so much easier and that is why I am figuring out how to do it, thank you for thinking of the same

Woof it's Friday (July 7, 2017)

Layla



Good morning friends,

TGIF, and we are happy the nightmare of fireworks is over although the people in our area don't think the same as they are still setting them off.

Mom and I have been focused on an issue that is so sad and that is how many animals got lost on the 4th of July, and how the Shelters are all over flowing on the 5th with lost pets. We cannot understand how people can be so irresponsible with their pets and the burden that the shelters have to deal with because of it. The shelters and rescue organizations are our heroes as they do such amazing work helping those lost babies and saving them.

Sitting on Facebook the past 3 days working, watching the posts of lost pets was sickening, sad and just overwhelming and how people share there to help is wonderful but I sometimes wonder if these owners are not ashamed for what they have done, being so irresponsible.

This is the reason we set up our website, so that people can list or bid on items and help these over worked shelters and rescue organizations financially especially during times like this so please everyone join, and list of bid an item, just one is a donation and those go a long way.

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Let us pray that all the lost pets manage to get home safely.

Otherwise the Layla Neighborhood is very busy as usual, and what was on Mom's list was me getting a haircut which I got on Sunday, was not happy about it but Mom insisted as she told me that summer is here and short hair is good for the heat, well shhhh don't tell her but for once I think she is right BOL.

Mom and I are having fun doing different things every day, today I am going on a train to the East Bay to spend time with Moms friends and am really excited. I love going for rides so this is going to be a fun day although its going to be hot hot hot BOL.

BUT oy vey before we forget, we are starting a new Give Away today also, yup a beautiful 925 Sterling Silver Dog Bone Paw Print Bracelet, yes something for the wonderful Moms for a change. We were given one to review and from day one I have been wearing it and love it. This giveaway is open for the USA only.



It was given to me by Mostly Paws - An online store selling to customers all over the world. They have been in the business for the last two years have around 200 products listed on their store. Their product line consists of tee shirts, jewelry, mugs, pillow cases etc. for dog lovers and owners. I love this store and have some items on my wishlist.

Check out their website : Mostly Paws

Now it's time to go get ready, make sure my Slave Mother has everything packed for me in the backpack, water, treats and other goodies so we can get out of the house and adventure here we come.

Have a great weekend everyone,

Woof with love from
Layla

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(July 19, 2017)

Rebecca at MattieDog

We write about this topic quite frequently, and recognize the importance of getting out the word about domestic shelters/interim housing that will take animals. Bless your heart - and we support you and your efforts 200%!

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(July 13, 2017)

Layla

Woof its me, the four legged boss, thank you all for your comments I really appreciate them as this subject is a sore one for me and I worry about all the pets that got lost.

Thank you also for entering our give away which is a pawsome one

Have a fantastic day
Layla

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(July 12, 2017)

Sweet Purrfections

We had about a week of fireworks here and with the help of some modifications in the house and some calming treats, we survived. We do feel sorry for dogs and cats who are outside during the terribly loud noises.

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(July 12, 2017)

Beth

It is really sad that so many dogs (and cats) are lost due to the fireworks! That bracelet is really cute. I don't wear much jewelry, but maybe it is time to change that.

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(July 12, 2017)

Lola The Rescued Cat

I have a few cat themed pieces of jewelry and I live them. I'm not entering since I won your Kitty Kick Stix giveaway.

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(July 12, 2017)

Dash Kitten Crew

Layla,

You are too kind to the heartless and cruel people who dump oets. We'd give them a black eye (or worse!!) We are also frustrated by the endless fireworks although ours are at the start of November for Bonfire Night.

We hope lost pets find their way home too.= * sigh *

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(July 12, 2017)

Debbie

It really is sad how many dogs get lost on the 4th of July. Fireworks are so scary to a lot of dogs and all it takes is a little common sense. Keep your dogs home and in a safe, escape proof place. Do NOT leave them outside in the yard to get spooked and run off. UGH.

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(July 9, 2017)

Linda Szymoniak

I only have a couple of pet-related jewelry pieces. I guess I just don't have much jewelry overall, but would love to add some pieces. I'd definitely wear this!

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(July 9, 2017)

Cheryl Chervitz

I don't have any pet jewelry right now. Would love to win some!

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(July 9, 2017)

Linda Szymoniak

I only have a couple of pet-related jewelry pieces. I guess I just don't have much jewelry overall, but would love to add some pieces. I'd definitely wear this!

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(July 8, 2017)

Linda Szymoniak

I only have a couple of pet-related jewelry pieces. I guess I just don't have much jewelry overall, but would love to add some pieces. I'd definitely wear this!

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(July 8, 2017)

Sandy Weinstein

sometimes. i have a few pins and charms with dogs and horses.

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(July 7, 2017)

Melody

Yes necklaces and bracelets.

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(July 7, 2017)

Marni Alvino

This bracelet is so beautiful. I absolutely Love it.

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(July 7, 2017)

Christine Aiello

Yes I wear dog related jewelry all the time! I love it! I have so much of it but you can never have enough! I love this bracelet and hope I win!

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(July 7, 2017)

Layla

Happy Friday everyone

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(July 7, 2017)

Courtney Stock

Yes I do only jewelry I wear haha

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(July 7, 2017)

MARLA KING

Yes.....I wear a necklace with a paw print on it a lot.

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(July 12, 2017)

Jana Rade

The internet can be a very depressing place. Abused animals, lost animals, people who should be in an emergency room but are posting online instead ... sometimes I feel my head is going to explode.

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(July 19, 2017)

Sandy Kubillus

I loved your post. Having a dog with you at a shelter can be scary for both of you. I have two questions. Have you tried to connect with Bayer? They were sponsoring letters to our congressmen at the BlogPaws conference to support the PAWS act.

My second question, is do shelters have crates for dogs? This seems like it would be a great donation for a shelter so that people could leave their dogs while they look for work and run errands. It also would make both of you feel safer.

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Lets keep our Pets safe on 4th of July (June 29, 2017)

Layla



Good Morning Everyone,

June has ended and July is beginning. This year is going too fast.

With the beginning of July comes 4th of July which might be a holiday for fun BUT for us pets is it a scary time also. So today we going to discuss this matter and would love input.

I have been reading different articles lately about many things that are connected with 4th of July and spoke to a friend of mine yesterday who volunteers at one of the Rescue Organizations and she pointed out something to me which was a Red Flag. What is that !!!

It is so sad that before the weekend even starts, people are dumping pets at Shelters with a million and one reasons why they cannot keep them but the bottom line is it is the 4th of July weekend and they are going away. These people do not even think of the damage they are doing, some lucky pets will be fortunate to get out of there alive, others won't. I cannot understand why and how people can do that, they are inconsiderate, not compassionate and should not be allowed to have pets again. This weekend is one of the hardest for Rescue Organizations as they will be over flowing with wonderful warm fuzzy pets looking for new home because of the selfishness of their past owners. Having a pet is in my eyes having a kid, and many people would not dump their kids at a shelter just because the holiday is more tempting, actually I wonder how they are with their kids? If they act this way. Yes I will judge them, as people that have no respect for other species, and only themselves are people I do not want in my life or surroundings.

To help all the rescue organizations we have our Auction Site where proceeds go to them so how about everyone doing a 4th of July gift by listing something on the site to help those heroes who work so hard saving these animals.

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So let us pray that those unfortunate pets find new happy homes to live out the rest of their lives, like me, Layla.

How to keep us safe on 4th of July :

Never leave alcoholic drinks unattended where pets can reach them - these can be poison and make us very sick, death can also be possible

Do not apply any sunscreen or insect repellent product to your pet that is not labeled specifically for use on animals, this can also poison us.

Always keep matches and lighter fluid out of your pets’ reach - these can also make us sick

Keep your pets on their normal diet. This is important as a change of diet with all the stress from fireworks etc can cause indigestion and diarrhea

Never use fireworks around pets - these can cause severe burns, trauma to the face plus they contain toxic materials.

Loud, crowded fireworks displays are no fun for pets - leave your pets at home in a safe quite spot, why traumatize them in this situation which is just being selfish and uncaring.

Be prepared in the event that your pet does escape - make sure your pet is wearing a collar with an updated tag, microchip is updated and BEST of all just keep your pet inside in a safe place where it cannot escape.

How I keep Layla safe - I walk her in the evening for a long walk and then we settle in for the night. I keep the Jazz music on the TV, she has her bed with favorite toys in the shower as I know that is where she feels the most comfortable, plus I put a t-shirt on her which keeps her snuggly and helps her relax. I do not give her any medications of any kind but I do put droplets of Bach Rescue Remedy in her water throughout the day to keep her relaxed. If she needs to go out late at night and she tells me, I will take her out but if she is not wanting to, I do not force her. Her safety and well being is my top priority.

On this note, we want to remind you of our wonderful PreferPets Privacy Back Pack for our pampered pets giveaway which ends this coming Sunday. Open for the USA only.



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Have a wonderful weekend, be safe, enjoy your two legged and four legged family and please remember to keep us safe.

With a Woof
Layla

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(July 5, 2017)

Beth

It seems like every holiday has special dangers to be concerned about. Thanks for sharing these reminders to keep our dogs safe during the Independence Day celebrations!

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(July 4, 2017)

Jenna Hughson

Dumping pets at shelters :( UGH!!!!

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(July 4, 2017)

Shayla

I can't imagine abandoning my babies for a holiday! That's just crazy, and so so sad!!!

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(July 3, 2017)

Robin

I can not imagine abandoning a pet just because I was going on vacation! Hasn't anyone heard of getting a pet sitter? Ugh. Sometimes humans are so dumb. My kitties are a part of my family and they won't be abandoned so long as I have any power over it.
-Purrs from your friends at www.PlayfulKitty.net

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(July 2, 2017)

Sweet Purrfections

It's so hard for us to believe that people will drop their pets off at the shelter because they are going out of town for the holidays. We'll never change laws about pets as long as people don't view them as members of the family.

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(July 2, 2017)

Kia of ComeWagAlong.com

Those are all great tips! I'm glad you found what works for Layla. Simba isn't really bothered by the fireworks thankfully. He's pretty much unbothered besides his ears sticking up here and there when he hears them.

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(July 2, 2017)

Amy Hempe

My dogs hate all the loud booms. They are staying safely indoors during this week. I just need to snuggle them.

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(July 2, 2017)

Tonya Wilhelm

So, so., sad. And these pets who are dumped during the 4th are bound to have noise phobias after their stint in the shelter. My heart just breaks.

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(June 30, 2017)

Tenacious Little Terrier

We try to take Mr. N out early and we stay in for the night. Our neighborhood is super loud because people set off illegal fireworks.

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(June 30, 2017)

Shelby

Such an important reminder - always keep your dogs safe in this time of season!

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(June 30, 2017)

Lola The Rescued Cat

How HORRIBLE for a pet to end up in a shelter because the family is going away. I have no words to express how that makes me feel. The firecrackers and fireworks have been going off for a couple of weeks now around here. Luckily my girls aren't phased by them.

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(June 30, 2017)

Kristen @ My 3 Little Kittens

These are fabulous tips. Holidays shouldn't be overwhelming for pets!

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(June 30, 2017)

Layla

Thank you and I so agree with you

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(June 30, 2017)

Layla

Happy 4th of July

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(June 30, 2017)

Amy Shojai, CABC

Any time of year is bad to relinquish pets to shelters. So glad you addressed some of the safety issues for pets at this time of year. So many get scared and run away during fireworks displays, so keeping them safe indoors is ideal!

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(June 30, 2017)

Kamira Gayle

Yes! I cannot believe how fast this year has gone by either. Happy 4th to you all. Be safe and have fun. Simple easy tips I hope others remember this holiday. Thanks for sharing.

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(June 30, 2017)

Beth Miller

Such as sad reality. After buying the 4th of July napkins and balloons, ask yourself if your PET is ready for the holiday.

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(June 30, 2017)

Heather Wallace

Some people make me sick to my stomach. No matter how good the application process some people get pets that do not know how to handle them, treat them, or love them. It sounds like you prepare as best as possible for Layla. I wish more people would take the precautions. Bravo!

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(July 2, 2017)

Denise

Wow, I knew lots of pets got lost during the 4th of July weekend being scared of fireworks. I had NO idea people surrender them to go on vacation. Both are tragic the later unfathomable. Thank you for all you do to help shelters!!

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(July 3, 2017)

Karen

I'm with you, people that surrender their pets before the holiday are sad, nasty people that don't deserve the love of a pet. I also consider my pets family. Although they push me to the breaking point from time to time, they know they are safe and loved with me. That will never change. Have a safe and happy 4th. Thanks for the work you do to help pets in need!

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It's Pride Weekend (June 22, 2017)

Layla



TGIF, Friday has arrived and the end of June which means Pride Weekend here in San Francisco. I love it as the city becomes happy and everyone is all rainbowed out including Layla and the dogs in the park. (Will share lots of pics in next weeks blog)

Layla was spoiled this week with having one of her boyfriends here as he was sick and could not go to Summer Camp, she was so happy and all over him not letting him rest for one moment, it was adorable but unfortunately that fun is over and its back to being just us.

With the summer here (especially the heat wave at the moment) I have as you all know been looking into different ways to make Layla's life easier when she is out with me adventuring to different parks and the sidewalks been hot I worry about her paws big time so we approached a wonderful company about a backpack dog carrier to put her in which would be comfortable. They were great to give us one for a review and one as a give away. I love it. She can lie down in it comfortably with her head out on the one side, it has flaps that I can use to close it if I want or leave them open. It is versatile as I can use it on my shoulder too so its just perfect. One of the best things I really love is there is a big pocket where you can put your wallet and other things and when on your back the pocket is on your back so no one can steal anything out of it.



Specs: PreferPets 358 Privacy Backpack
Features: Mesh-covered windows on three sides of the carrier for ample ventilation. Zipper entry on one side, zipper halfway down the opposite side. Large front mesh window and two side windows with Roll Up-n-Down privacy covers provide discreet travel. A pocket for treats at the rear of the carrier. Machine washable interior faux fur base liner. Fully lined and padded interior. Coated polyester woven canvas exterior. Two convertible padded shoulder straps. Luggage ID tag with Pet ID card. Comply with major airline's in-cabin carry on regulations.
The material the carriers are made with is a coated polyester woven canvas, it is durable against water but is not water proof. The backpack comes with two shoulder straps, if you take off one and reposition the other strap onto the top hinge it becomes a shoulder strap. At the back of the backpack (pocket side) there should be polyester loop hinge that would allow the carrier to be secured in cars or on rolling luggage.
Price without shipping and taxes : $ 59.99

Who is the company : PreferPets Travel Gear is a company oriented to provide quality pet carriers that are versatile and comfortable for pets. We strive to make our products unique and functional whilst also being stylish and discreet in addition to taking consideration for pet safety and travel ordinances.
They just let me know that that their pet carriers have been awarded 2017 Best New Product for Pet Fear, Anxiety and Stress from the organization Fear Free Pets given to us at our last tradeshow (Global Pet Expo Orlando). Specifically, their 312 Hideaway Duffel was awarded. Their product was awarded due to their signature privacy covers, pets can be over stimulated regarding trips or vet visits, their privacy covers allow the owner/user to adjust how much their pet is exposed to and potentially lessen the stress during travel experience.

Their link is : PreferPets

I think that is wonderful to know as Layla can get scared sometimes so this is perfect for her to be in for the Dyke March on Saturday especially the Dykes on Bikes.

So as we always do, when we share with our readers we offer a give away, I was compensated for this review by getting one for Layla and am so so happy with it, thank you PreferPets for this wonderful gift.

This Give Away is open for the USA only. Good Luck to all those that enter.

Happy Pride to those that are celebrating and have a wonderful weekend.

Woof with love from lazy Layla

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(June 30, 2017)

Linda Szymoniak

If I'm going a long distance, my dogs have their crates for in my vehicle. If it's just a local run, I use safety harnesses. Actually, this carrier is too small for my dogs (I have three rescued Treeing Walker Coonhounds), but would be perfect for my cats. My oldest, Moko, has some medical issues which have me taking her to the vet pretty frequently. She prefers to be able to "hide" in her crate, and the one I currently have for her isn't the most comfortable for her - plus she has figured out how to kick the door out. I'd love to win this carrier for her, or either of our other cats, too!

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(June 28, 2017)

Courtney stock

I use a carrier when I take the cats out!

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(June 29, 2017)

Layla

That is awesome

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(June 27, 2017)

Layla

Thanks all for your comments, we had so much fun at the Dyke March, the backpack was a saving grace as with all the noise and motorbikes Layla was relaxed in it watching the world go by, plus I did not have to worry about someone stepping on her, we did the March and came home exhausted BOL.

This week is going to be doing different parks

Have a great week with a woof from Layla

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(June 26, 2017)

Kitty Cat Chronicles

What a cool backpack carrier! I have a sling carrier that a couple of my cats really enjoy riding around in. I bet they would enjoy something like this. Thanks for sharing about it with us!

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(June 26, 2017)

Tenacious Little Terrier

Having a good pet carrier comes in handy in the city. I hope she enjoys the parade.

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(June 26, 2017)

Renee & Tootsie

That looks like a great travel house! We just had ours repaired by our local shoe person.
Wag on.

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(June 25, 2017)

Linda Szymoniak

If I'm going a long distance, my dogs have their crates for in my vehicle. If it's just a local run, I use safety harnesses. Actually, this carrier is too small for my dogs (I have three rescued Treeing Walker Coonhounds), but would be perfect for my cats. My oldest, Moko, has some medical issues which have me taking her to the vet pretty frequently. She prefers to be able to "hide" in her crate, and the one I currently have for her isn't the most comfortable for her - plus she has figured out how to kick the door out. I'd love to win this carrier for her, or either of our other cats, too!

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(June 25, 2017)

Robin

I do use carriers when I take my cats out and about with me. This backpack carrier sounds awesome! I love that it has places for your wallet and such. It can be tough to carry a purse and a pet. I hope that you and Layla have a very safe and happy celebration!
-Purrs from your friends at www.PlayfulKitty.net

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(June 25, 2017)

Lisa F.

I haven't done much travelling with my dogs. When we do go somewhere, they are just on leash. I would like to travel with them in the future, though.

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(June 25, 2017)

Sweet Purrfections

That's a really nice pet carrier. We won't enter because we are currently involved with a giveaway for a different pet carrier. We do like the idea of it being a backpack.

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(June 25, 2017)

Beth

I hope you had a wonderful weekend! That looks like a great carrier,

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(June 24, 2017)

Alasandra Alawine

Yes, and the backpack carrier would be great when I was carrying more than one pet. In fact I really need this as I would be able to carry 3 carriers at the same time with the addition of this carrier. What a great idea to have a backpack

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(June 24, 2017)

Kamira Gayle

Enjoy Pride weekend in San Francisco. I went once a very long time ago with my sister and friends and it was quite memorable good time. This pack is perfect for Layla to feel safe with all the distractions at the event. Be safe and enjoy.

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(June 23, 2017)

Rachel

Seeing Pride Week come to life in San Francisco must be so amazing. Hoping you and Layla have a cool weekend. What a great giveaway, too!

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(June 23, 2017)

Shayla

Sounds like a ton of fun! Too bad her buddy was sick, quick healing vibes his way!

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(June 23, 2017)

Shayla

Sounds like a ton of fun! Too bad her buddy was sick, quick healing vibes his way!

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(June 23, 2017)

Sandy Weinstein

sometimes i do, depends on the dog and how long the trip is and where we are going. i did need one of these when i went to fl to pick up my last child when she was a puppy.

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(June 23, 2017)

Layla

Thanks for the great give away and have a wonderful weekend

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(June 23, 2017)

Lola The Rescued Cat

What a great giveaway for a great product. Enjoy pride week!

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(June 23, 2017)

Joely Smith

What a wonderful thing that little Layla got to visit with her boyfriend! I am sorry he was sick and hope he is better now! I also hope Layla didn't wear him out! What a wonderful giveaway and thank you for the chance!

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(June 24, 2017)

Alasandra Alawine

Yes, and the backpack carrier would be great when I was carrying more than one pet. In fact I really need this as I would be able to carry 3 carriers at the same time with the addition of this carrier. What a great idea to have a backpack.

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(June 24, 2017)

Jana Rade

I'm sorry Layla missed out on the Summer Camp and that she wasn't feeling well. I'm glad she got some other special stuff to enjoy.

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(June 26, 2017)

Dolly the Doxie

I have cooling collars for the dogs and I'm going to get a cooling vest for Dolly. She hates the heat like me, it's the hardest on the black dogs, so we avoid it as much as possible!

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(June 26, 2017)

Karen

Cool! I've been on a search for the "right" carrier for my dogs. Looking for one that will hold both dogs, but am afraid that will make it too large to fit on plane under seat

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(June 26, 2017)

Talent Hounds

Yay! I can't wait for the pictures of Pride in San Fran. It was Pride here in Toronto this weekend as well and there were so many dogs at the parade. The backpack carrier is a great idea, especially when you've got a smaller dog who still weighs enough, it's good to distribute that weight, particularly for longer trips. Happy Adventuring!

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WOW Middle of June (June 16, 2017)

Layla



TGIF, good morning all.

We are in the middle of June already WOW and that means Pride at the end of the month. Yes, that is part of my adventures as Mom takes me every year to see the Dykes on Bikes and she calls me mini dyke BOL. I do not like the noise but I do love all the attention I get when I wear my rainbow paws bandanna so its fun. Actually at the moment our park has lots of dogs with their rainbow bandannas and it looks so colorful and awesome.

We had our first adventure last weekend, Mom and I met some friends in Alamo Square, they have remodelled that dog park and it is pawsome. I had so much fun there rolling, playing with one of my squeaky toys till Oscar took it away from me to play with and the best part which made every one laugh was when I photobombed a couples picture, well they are silly to lie down near us with a blanket, of course I will check that blanket out, at least they were nice about it so have become famous as they were from Italy BOL.

This weekend is going to be really hot so Mom is debating where to take me on Sunday, she promised me a ride on the bus which I love so we will see where it will take us. Mom worries about me when it is really hot, takes lots of water for me and herself but as long as there is some kind of shade she relaxes and actually so do I. I love going to new places to sniff and check it all out and of course find something smelly to roll in. Mom filmed me doing it in Alamo Square last week as you can see by this video.


Me rolling

So the summer adventures are really starting, I miss my boyfriends though but am happy we are exploring and having Mom and me fun time. She actually works too hard and needs to get out more.

What are your plans this weekend ? Lets hear what fun you going to have ?

To all the Dads out there, Happy Fathers Day. Mom's Dad is in heaven but she told me to remember him she is going to break her diet BOL and eat a chocolate which was his favorite food in the world.

Please do not forget that our Poop Transporter ends this weekend so you still have time to enter and good luck !!!!!!!! It is the first of our awesome summer give aways.

Have you visited Hanks Dogs Stuff Website :
Hanks Dogs Stuff


Now am off of course to sleep as life is hard telling Mom what to do all the time, she is my slave and I love her to bits.

Have a great weekend with a woof from
Layla


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(June 18, 2017)

Sweet Purrfections

I'd never been to a dog park until we took my parents' dog to two dog parks at Myrtle Beach in preparation for BlogPaws to let people who were coming know something about them. We quickly learned that Bandit preferred the "small dog" park compared to one where dogs of all sizes played.

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(June 18, 2017)

Jodi

I like to take my dogs to Pride when the weather allows too. We always get a really great crowd here in Vancouver and the dogs have a great time being loved and adored by the masses. I love that you can take Layla on the bus with you. I suppose I could here as well, in a closed carrier, but I certainly couldn't manage two. Hope you enjoyed your weekend!

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(June 18, 2017)

Beth

It is crazy how fast this month has gone by! It looks like you really enjoy rolling in the grass. My dog does too, and I get a kick out of how much she loves it. I hope you have a great weekend!

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(June 18, 2017)

Tonya Wilhelm

OMG I seriously almost spit out my coffee when I read dykes on bikes! What a great sense of humor. I hope you guys had a great weekend.

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(June 17, 2017)

Cathy Armato

It is wonderful of you to support Pride month! I'm sorry the boyfriend but glad you're having fun without him! You cannot depend on a man to make you happy, you must make yourself happy, LOL!
Love & biscuits,
Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

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(June 16, 2017)

Debbie

That's so exciting that you get to go to PRIDE! I bet you have the best time and get SO much loving. Can't wait to see pictures of you in your rainbow bandana at the parade. Keep cool in the heat and have a great weekend!

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(June 16, 2017)

Layla

Oh for definite there will be lots of pics plus I normally film the Dykes on Bikes :)

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(June 16, 2017)

Tenacious Little Terrier

When it's warm, I put a cooling coat on Mr. N. It seems to help him. We need a new one though.

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(June 16, 2017)

Layla

I am getting Layla a cooling vest this week for the summer as she really needs it :)

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(June 16, 2017)

Rachel

I know, I can't believe it's already the middle of June! Time sure does fly by when you're having fun. Right Layla? I bet those photobombs were great. My dog has never met a blanket he didn't like. You too? Hope it's not too hot for you this weekend and have fun on the bus!

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(June 16, 2017)

Layla

We cannot wait to see what other Give Aways Layla will be giving

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(June 16, 2017)

Sonja of Montecristo Travels

Mid June ... yikes it's 2 months to the wedding for us! Eeeek and then a three week road trip across 5 Provinces!

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(June 16, 2017)

Shayla

I'm so excited for the summer as well! It's so great to have more fun time on our hands to spend with everyone! Enjoy your time together and have as many crazy adventures as you can squeeze in!

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(June 17, 2017)

Heather Wallace

I would like to see Layla in a sidecar. I think she would be a fab Dyke on Bike. Go Pride!

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(June 17, 2017)

Jana Rade

The one thing that makes up happy now, mid June, is that it seems that the black flies are finally fizzling out. Even though other bugs are starting, the black flies were the worst this year.

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(June 18, 2017)

The Daily Pip

Happy Pride Month! My assistant likes to go to some of the events here, but she doesn't take me because I get nervous in crowds. I have never been on a bus either. I hope you stay cool and it is not too hot!

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Let the Adventures Begin (June 9, 2017)

Layla



TGIF, Let the adventures begin.

Summer holidays have arrived and excluding teaching one hour a week one pupil who is studying for his Barmtzvah I am off so am sitting, googling and checking out all the parks and fun places to go with Layla this summer.

When I do adventures with Layla, as I have to take public transportation (I do not drive due to really lousy eyes) I try to make my life as easy as possible.

Everything in a backpack and the less in my hands the better excluding of course Madams leash. I always have with us lots of water, a water bowl and a small cooler bag which fits in the backpack where I put some food for her and me. That way when we find our spot, the blanket goes out and we relax not having to move anywhere. I do not have a phone that gets the internet, my choice as I love the simple life of being cut off from the world when outdoors and having that quality time. Oh a camera does come though LOL.

My goal is to do as many as possible, once a week at least somewhere different where we can just sit outdoors, relax, enjoy nature and Madam can roam around freely and safely.

The past couple of months I have been researching pet related items to make our lives simple, easy and me not feeling like a pack mule and came across this wonderful clever little poop transporter. What I love about it is if I am in an area where there are no garbage bins at least it is not in my hand but in this little bag and cannot be seen, plus it attaches to the leash or to the backpack as it has a velcro strap. The other plus is it has space for a roll of poop bags so in a nutshell one less item to carry.

The bags are made of 1.9 oz. lightweight, durable, waterproof, Ripstop nylon fabric. They come in different colors, sizes and can be personalized with very cute beads - Layla has her name on with the silver and black beads.



What is great about them is :
01. Easily removed from leash handle by pushing round button on clip.
02. Easy spring opening - easy handle dumping.
03. Webbing handle can loop over leash to keep bag from dangling.
04. Comes with one roll of pick-up bags.
05. Hand washable - drip dry.
06. Won't retain odor.

They are made by a small local business Hanks Dog Stuff, so when shopping you are supporting a small business.

Who is Hanks Dog Stuff - Lesley, the owner had Hank (a very large yellow lab) who was her inspiration. All of her products are inspired by Hank, designed by her, and made in a small shop in San Francisco, California. Hank passed away in December 2016 at the ripe old age of 13, he is missed dearly but she is lucky to have Hanks Dog Stuff to carry on his name as he continues to inspire her every day.

Click here for more details about her great products :
Hanks Dog Stuff

Thanks to Hanks Dog Stuff we will be giving away one to one lucky winner in the USA only to make your life easier carrying poop. I received one from her to review and can only say good things about it.

Have a wonderful weekend all and let the summer adventures begin,

Woof from Madam Layla

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(June 23, 2017)

Crissie woolard

I do carry my fur baby is a carrier. This is a great idea. I know he would love it. Thanks for the chance to win

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(June 15, 2017)

Connie Williamson

No, we haven't taken our dog on an adventure yet, but we plan to, soon.

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(June 13, 2017)

Layla

Good Afternoon,

We are loving your comments thank you and if you want to use some of our ideas even better, the simpler the life sometimes the more relaxed it is and of course more time to focus on us, Layla and Me. The bag is awesome and I am so happy to be using it as it has made my life so much easier plus knowing we supporting a small local biz makes it even better

Have a wonderful day all,
Woof from Layla

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(June 12, 2017)

Katie Allan

Those bags sound very handy. And it is cool that they are from a small business!

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(June 12, 2017)

Lola The Rescued Cat

It sounds like you and Layla are going to have a fun summer! This product seems like a must have for all dog owners (and dogs) on the go.

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(June 12, 2017)

Bryn Nowell

We love trying to go on adventures with the dogs, even if it's a walk at a new park. There are lots of college campuses near us, so we enjoy trying to find new trails and visiting with the students (during the school year) and college/university staff.

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(June 12, 2017)

Sarcastic Dog

We actually took the whole weekend off and went up to play in the mountains! I realized that I rarely take the whole weekend away from the computer and the phone - except for picture taking, of course ;-) We are still working on Piper's fear of the car but we made really good progress this weekend and I am really hoping to get out someplace new every weekend with my crew!

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(June 12, 2017)

Kia ComeWagAlong.com

Yay for Summer and adventures. That's a good goal to do new things...I hope to get some activities in for Simba this Summer too.

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(June 12, 2017)

Kitty Cat Chronicles

I love your idea of taking Layla some place new each week to enjoy some relaxing outdoors time together. I think I may have to steal that idea myself :) It sounds like you've got all the right gear to make those outings as easy as possible too. Enjoy your summer, ladies!

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(June 12, 2017)

Beth Patterson

Your idea of getting away from it all sounds great to me! I'm not a huge fan of being connected to the internet at all times. That bag looks very functional.

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(June 12, 2017)

Robin

This pouch is a great idea! Nobody really wants to have to carry the poop. Having it suspended on the leash is a more palatable choice for all involved. My kitties are enjoying going on short outdoor adventures with me these days. They haven't tried to go potty outdoors yet, but I'm always prepared with a bag just in case they do.
-Purrs from your friends at www.PlayfulKitty.net

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(June 11, 2017)

Sweet Purrfections

This looks like a great item for people to have when they take their dogs out on excursions. Mom Paula says she admires your mom for having a basic cell phone!

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(June 11, 2017)

Tonya Wilhelm

What a great idea to take a backpack! I think I'm going to start doing this. I have a lot of Dexter bags, but they don't make it on the walk.

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(June 11, 2017)

Dash Kitten

People NEED things like this, we have people complain in our suburb about stupid owners who leave pet poo on their paths. One man scooped dog poop up and put in on the owners path instead he was so angry they didn't clear up!

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(June 11, 2017)

Amy Hempe

I absolutely need one of these. We have taken too many hikes where there are no trash bins due to bear problems. I'll look these up!

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(June 11, 2017)

Layla

Layla woofs thanks all for your comments, our first real adventure is today woof we going by Muni to the Sunday Streets next to Ocean Beach and I am so excited. Have a wonderful Sunday and good luck to all those that entered.

Woof with love from
Layla

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(June 10, 2017)

Jana Rade

Backpacks are one of the best inventions ever. I love having one every time we undertake any adventure. Nothing like being able to carry all kinds of stuff hands-free.

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(June 10, 2017)

Joely Smith

My eyes are bad too - getting worse although I can still drive so far. This is such a great idea I love Hank's bags! Thank you for the awareness on them!!

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(June 10, 2017)

Molly

I love going on adventures with my pooches. We are going on a road trip in a few weeks.

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(June 9, 2017)

Tenacious Little Terrier

It's like traveling with a toddler. I always tell Mr. N if he was any bigger, he'd have to carry his own things.

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(June 9, 2017)

Kamira Gayle

Well that's a clever little product. I"m not a dog owner but can totally understand wanting a bag like this. Who wants to hold onto poop while they walk? Not me! Free hands is way better.

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(June 9, 2017)

Sandy Weinstein

sometimes, but it is hard with 3 gals and my oldest has terminal cancer. in the past we have gone to some dog events in the parks, etc. but none in the near future b/c of the outbreak of the dog flu. i dont need anymore large vet bills. the cancer treatments have almost broke me.

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(June 9, 2017)

Layla

Whenever possible we do adventures

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(June 9, 2017)

Lisa F.

I have to admit I haven't done too many adventures lately, but maybe I'll try for one before the end of the year.

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(June 10, 2017)

The Daily Pip

We do take some adventures with Ruby and this summer will be taking a longer road trip with her. This sounds like a great product and I would love to win.

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(June 11, 2017)

Heather Wallace

I am always in search of a good poop bag holder. I love the "transporter" name! I found one I really like and it will prevent me from carrying the roll in my bra now. That's always awkward when I pull it out in public. But better than not having poop bags at all.

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(June 12, 2017)

Dolly the Doxie

I loved the transporter and your little outings remind me of out walks to discover our neighborhood. Which means I love the poop transporter, the dogs always poop first thing out of the car and then I'm stuck with poop for I don't know how long. Last time I threw it next to my car, picked it up when I got back and threw it in the back seat. Thanks goodness for scented bags!

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Summer has arrived (June 2, 2017)

Layla



TGIF!!!! School is out for summer and that means Mom is going to be home a lot, I am not sure if that is good or bad as she can drive me crazy sometimes BOL.

Summer means good things and bad things for me cos I get sad. I won't be seeing my boyfriends that much as they go away so that means being stuck with Mom but there is lots of good also. Mom has more time to take me on adventures.

What makes me crazy is when Mom starts what she calls tidying closets etc and then the house becomes chaotic, keeps me awake so I hide in my box and worse of all when she makes me try on my clothes and collars to make sure that everything still fits. I wish she would just leave me alone with that part but as she explained what we do not need we must give to others, so I just keep quiet till the craziness is over. Plus shhh I do know she compensates me with an extra treat or bone.

We do not go away but I love the adventures as that means I ride the busses and trams when we go to the different parks, beach and whatever else Mom can find to have some fun. Of course she carries everything and I just trot and smell everything along the way. Now that I do especially to upset Mom as she says a half hour walk means an extra half hour for smelling and peeing. Well I am the Boss and have the right to do what I want BOL.

I also know Mom will be preparing some awesome give aways for my blog so that everyone can win some awesome items, some for us pampered dogs and some for the humans, not sure if I agree with the humans getting anything as they do get unconditional love from us all the time and that is something money cannot buy, but hey I suppose we should pamper them sometimes for all they do for us.

What are your plans for the summer ? Anything special ?

Our educational give away will be ending in a couple of days so we hope you have entered, it is such a fantastic give away which will keep some kids very busy but also learning about rescuing and looking after pets.

Have a wonderful weekend everypawdy,

With a woof and love from Bossy Layla

PS. Rescues are needing money so please do not forget to list or bid on our website, lets make the second half of 2017 an awesome one for them.

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(June 5, 2017)

Robin

I hope that you get to do some fun things this summer, Layla! Making sure that all of the old clothes and collars still fit may not be much fun, but getting rid of the old gives you the opportunity to get new stuff. School is almost out around here too. Soon my husband will be home all of the time (he is a school bus driver). Summers are never much fun for us because we tend to have to work harder to make ends meet without school being in session. The kitties are looking forward to some fun walks this summer!
-Purrs from your friends at www.PlayfulKitty.net

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(June 5, 2017)

Beth

I hope that your mom can finally relax and enjoy some downtime during her summer vacation. I know that she always stays super busy, so I'm sure she'll have lots to do. I hope you have a lot of fun together!

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(June 5, 2017)

Cathy Armato

Sounds like you're in for some fun Summer adventures Layla! Even if it means cleaning out the closets first, LOL! Have fun!
Love & biscuits,
Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

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(June 5, 2017)

Sonja of Montecristo Travels

We love trains and busses and road trips! Enjoy the summer! On our end there is a lot of painting happening since we are getting married August 19th at our place and then THREE weeks of road tripping! 5 provinces in 3 weeks. Woohoooo!

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(June 5, 2017)

Spencer the Goldendoodle

I can't wait to hear about the adventures you go on. I just went on a 2 week road trip to Myrtle Beach with my humans. It sure was fun.

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(June 4, 2017)

Tara Brown

Hi Layla! I love your site...I'm so glad I found it! :-) I'm a teacher, so you already know that in our household, we never stop learning! It is so important to us to teach our family about the best ways to help care for and express love for animals. This goes for our own dogs (Diamond and Ruby), ones we know, and ones we have yet to meet. Time off in the summer also gives us extra time to practice what we have learned by going on daytime trips to local dog parks and the animal shelter. We also have a kitty, so learning to recognize her wants and needs are important to us, too. :-) Our goal is to make sure ALL members of our family stay safe, happy, and healthy!

Thank you so much for this giveaway opportunity, Layla! We would love to put these resources to good use and help spread the word to others! Ruff-Ruff-Woof-Woof! xxoo
-Tara (from Michigan) :-)

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(June 4, 2017)

Sweet Purrfections

We have a different type of summer this year since Mom Paula recently retired. She's making a lot of changes in the house (slowly) but we kitties don't like change. We hope you have a great summer. We'd already entered the giveaway.

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(June 3, 2017)

Debbie

Busses and trains and the beach AND sniffing new smells!! Sounds like a great summer.

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(June 2, 2017)

Kamira Gayle

Hi Layla,
Sounds like you have your summer planned out already, whether you like it or not! LOL At least you get to go outside and mom treats you to a treat or bone. Hang in there. Looking forward to hearing about what's new to come. Enjoy the sunshine!

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(June 2, 2017)

Amy Hempe

As a teacher I also always had the first day of break as "clean the house" day. The dogs just stared at me asking, " What are you doing on that ladder?" Lol

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(June 2, 2017)

Layla

LOL two great minds think alike, and cannot wait to get it done

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(June 2, 2017)

Sherri

I will go through the list of stuff posted ... even though Spring is cleaning season for me too and my dog's (two) bins of stuff are overflowing....

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(June 2, 2017)

Jana Rade

I wish at least some of the giveaways applied to us up here in Canada. So many things I'd love to win but do have a chance.

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(June 2, 2017)

Tenacious Little Terrier

We're going on a lot of trips this summer. I should empty out our closets as well. His box is overflowing.

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(June 2, 2017)

Karen

Layla, you have several boyfriends? Good for you! Be patient with your mom, she's working to help other doggies, kitties and other animals in need. As you said, there's something in it for you, too, an extra treat or bone.........it's worth it!

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(June 4, 2017)

Lola The Rescued Cat

You're so lucky your mom is home for the summer! That must be so much fun. We hope you have a lovely summer.

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(June 4, 2017)

Heather Wallace

Happy summer Layla! We plan on spending our time in the woods and at the beach. Hopefully the weather cooperates.

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Educating kids about pets (May 25, 2017)

Layla



TGIF !! Good Morning to all our friends,

School is ending and that means more time for Mom and I which make me so excited. Although school is out Mom loves to talk to people and one of her favorite subjects is teaching children about Rescue, caring for their pets and anything to do with animals. Her heart is in it and I think that is what makes my Mom so special to me.

Although Mom teaches my boy friends Hebrew, Judaism and other Jewish Studies she always sets some time to discuss with them other topics and one of them is caring for animals, being their voice and learning how to give back (part of the Kabbalah).

So when Heather from My Puppy Box contacted Mom about this amazing educational box for kids Mom jumped off the chair, emailed back and her box love affair started.

About Heather, Heather is a Professional Dog Trainer, who has witnessed children in their own homes being close to bitten, and according to statistics most kids bitten by a dog is normally by a dog they know like family dogs. The reason being most of the time is that children do not know how to respect or read the different body language. So to educate kids and families My Puppy Box was born.

What is my Puppy Box ? My Puppy Box is a version about Dog Rescues called "My Puppy Rescue Box" . So what is in these boxes and why are they so wonderful.
They are interactive fun books in them, teaching children to be responsible dog owners, one of my favorite books there is the book called "My Dog" "A kids guide to keeping a happy and healthy pet" Love love love this book.

My Puppy Rescue Box educates children about Dog Rescues, Dog Shelters, and Adoption of Dogs. It is an eye opener to the world of rescue for kids and just awesome as I personally feel the younger they are taught the better.



My Puppy Box My Puppy Box

Each box comes with books, markers or crayons plus a cute stuffed dog which will keep kids occupied for hours plus learning at the same time.

My boys love the boxes and had a great time with them, plus we sat and discussed rescue, shelters and many other topics about being a responsible pet owner.

So now that we have raved about these awesome boxes, and with summer around the corner we are giving one lucky winner the boxes for their children. This give away is for the USA only and I want to thank Heather for giving me these boxes to review

Have a wonderful weekend all, am off now to sleep as dictating to Mom is really hard work as she keeps asking questions grrrrr but woof woof woof we love these boxes,

With a woof and love from
Bossy Layla

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(June 9, 2017)

Melody

We do alot of exploring, walking and adventures ;)

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(May 31, 2017)

Linda Szymoniak

I talk to EVERYONE about rescue and shelters. All three of my daughters have adopted rescue pets and my youngest even volunteered with a rescue by where she used to live, including fostering a couple of dogs (she wants to get involved with rescue work by where she moved to once she's better settled and has the job situation worked out). I even had my own rescue for a while and one of the things I wanted to do was start a program that would have volunteers go to local schools and talk with the kids. I'm hoping to restart my rescue in the future. I'd love to win this box for my great-niece. She's at the perfect age to begin to get involved.

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(May 30, 2017)

Jenna Hughson

Puppy boxes for kids? This is too cool!!

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(May 30, 2017)

Linda Szymoniak

I talk to EVERYONE about rescue and shelters. All three of my daughters have adopted rescue pets and my youngest even volunteered with a rescue by where she used to live, including fostering a couple of dogs (she wants to get involved with rescue work by where she moved to once she's better settled and has the job situation worked out). I even had my own rescue for a while and one of the things I wanted to do was start a program that would have volunteers go to local schools and talk with the kids. I'm hoping to restart my rescue in the future. I'd love to win this box for my great-niece. She's at the perfect age to begin to get involved.

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(May 29, 2017)

Karen

I am all in favor of educating kids early about pets and pet rescue! Doing so they grow up respecting pets and interacting with them properly. Layla, thank you for the work you and your mom do to get the word out to children everywhere!

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(May 29, 2017)

Beth

As a former teacher and a mom, I think this is a great idea! I hope that this resource will help prevent a lot of dog bites!

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(May 29, 2017)

Talent Hounds

Love these boxes- what a great way to teach kids. We are actually doing similar things in Canada with our Kids' Pet Club. As you know, Kilo the Pug and all my dogs and cats have been rescues and we have the series "Rescues Rock". So important to teach kids about caring for pets and to develop empathy early.

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(May 28, 2017)

Linda Szymoniak

I talk to EVERYONE about rescue and shelters. All three of my daughters have adopted rescue pets and my youngest even volunteered with a rescue by where she used to live, including fostering a couple of dogs (she wants to get involved with rescue work by where she moved to once she's better settled and has the job situation worked out). I even had my own rescue for a while and one of the things I wanted to do was start a program that would have volunteers go to local schools and talk with the kids. I'm hoping to restart my rescue in the future. I'd love to win this box for my great-niece. She's at the perfect age to begin to get involved.

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(May 28, 2017)

Sweet Purrfections

I'd love to win this box to give to my great niece. She has a dog and a cat at home and visits my sister's farm all the time. My nephew is doing a great job teaching her about animals, but this box would be great.

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(May 28, 2017)

Layla

Happy Sunday Everyone,

Thank you so much for commenting and entering our give away. We are so excited about it and teaching kids about pets / animals is such an important part of their growth. So good luck to all that have entered.

Woof with love from Layla

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(May 28, 2017)

Dolly the Doxie

I accidently imbedded my comment under someone elses. Here it is again: Hopefully by teaching children young about rescue and adoption they won't be begging their ignorant parents to buy them that puppy in the window. Mom won't let kids pet me because I don't like strangers so it wouldn't be a good experience for them. But Taffy loves kids so she lets kids say hi. Love Dolly

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(May 28, 2017)

Dorothy "FiveSibesMom"

That's so great your Mom teaches about caring for pets, too! Just (p)awesome! And so important. That box looks very, very cool. Thanks for hosting a giveaway! And thanks for joining in our FiveSibes Flashback Friday blog hop, too! Have a good weekend!

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(May 27, 2017)

Linda Szymoniak

I talk to EVERYONE about rescue and shelters. All three of my daughters have adopted rescue pets and my youngest even volunteered with a rescue by where she used to live, including fostering a couple of dogs (she wants to get involved with rescue work by where she moved to once she's better settled and has the job situation worked out). I even had my own rescue for a while and one of the things I wanted to do was start a program that would have volunteers go to local schools and talk with the kids. I'm hoping to restart my rescue in the future. I'd love to win this box for my great-niece. She's at the perfect age to begin to get involved.

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(May 26, 2017)

Sandy Weinstein

i dont have any kids so i have not really spoken to many kids abt rescues and shelters. i am not around small kids much. i have spoken to kids when out and abt at dog events abt their dogs and if they adopted them.

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(May 26, 2017)

sherri

Sounds like a great idea especially if it teaches kids how to properly approach and interact with dogs. We sometimes expect too much of dogs around kids.

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(May 26, 2017)

Tenacious Little Terrier

That's a good idea. I had to explain population control to kids and neutering and it was difficult.

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(May 26, 2017)

Sonja of Montecristo Travels

I love the box idea for conversation with kids. I write kids books to try and teach kids that you don't have to abandon your pet to travel. It's ... actually a REAL problem. Never thought to see if a box company out there may want to use my book! Thanks for the idea!

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(May 26, 2017)

Sally Gearhart

Yes, all 4 of my kids love all of God's creatures! We adopted our only dog from the local animal shelter and we have our 12 year old cat and we adopted a special needs cat as well. I found a blind squirrel just 2 days ago that was injured badly so we scooped him up and took him to an all animal hospital.

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(May 26, 2017)

Linda Szymoniak

I talk to EVERYONE about rescue and shelters. All three of my daughters have adopted rescue pets and my youngest even volunteered with a rescue by where she used to live, including fostering a couple of dogs (she wants to get involved with rescue work by where she moved to once she's better settled and has the job situation worked out). I even had my own rescue for a while and one of the things I wanted to do was start a program that would have volunteers go to local schools and talk with the kids. I'm hoping to restart my rescue in the future. I'd love to win this box for my great-niece. She's at the perfect age to begin to get involved.

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(May 26, 2017)

Lola The Rescued Cat

I had heard of Puppy Box, and I'm glad to hear it contains such great items and resources. I think it's SO important for kids to learn pets at an early age. Thanks for discussing shelter pets with them.

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(May 26, 2017)

Layla

I think it is very important for kids to know the difference between buying from a breeder and adopting from a shelter

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(May 26, 2017)

Carleen

I agree that educating kids on rescue and shelters is so very important.

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(May 26, 2017)

Kitty Cat Chronicles

That is a fantastic idea!!! I love the Puppy Box. It is so important to educate kids about how to interact with and respect dogs when they are young. I know that so many dog attacks wouldn't have happened if the kids had known better. Thanks for spreading the word about this and educating!

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(May 26, 2017)

Jana Rade

There are even adults who don't have the slightest clue about how to act around dogs. The other day we were pleasantly surprised, though, a young lady with a little girl who was interested in Cookie asked whether the girl can pet the dog. The girl was so well behaved, Cookie got some loving and nobody got stressed out.

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(May 26, 2017)

Heather Wallace

I like the idea of a child-friendly box teaching kids about pet safety. With three small children I am constantly reiterating the rules and reminding them what different body language means. My dogs were raised with the girls, but even they have a limit for nonsense.

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(May 27, 2017)

Dear Mishu

This puppy box is a great idea. Kids love dogs and this can teach them to interact with them in ways that make everyone happy and they all have good experiences!

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(May 28, 2017)

Kamira Gayle

Puppy box is a great concept and product to teach kids how to interact with pets. This is a great tool for kids to understand how to respect animals.

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(May 28, 2017)

Dolly the Doxie

Hopefully by teaching children young about rescue and adoption they won't be begging their ignorant parents to buy them that puppy in the window. Mom won't let kids pet me because I don't like strangers so it wouldn't be a good experience for them. But Taffy loves kids so she lets kids say hi. Love Dolly

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Layla has gone to the Cats (May 12, 2017)

Layla



TGIF,

It is Friday and our weekly chat has been going on all week as Layla cannot understand why I am doing a cat give away this week MOL.

Layla and cats, oy vey, she is scared of them. There are one or two stores that have cats in our area and she refuses to go into them, it is quite funny So because this week has been National Pet Week we decided to do a switcharoo and give all our cat friends a chance to win something.

What is National Pet Week, it always fascinates me that there are dedicated weeks for different observances but when I do the research it opens my eyes to how important they are and this week has been an important week as the observances have all been interconnected in a way so Professor Layla will explain :

National Pet Week is the first full week of May. It was started in 1981 by the AVMA to celebrate more than 2 million pets that enrich our lives every day and encourage us to be responsible for our pets care on a daily basis. Whether companion, confidante or protector, our pets are always there for us and do not judge us. They do not ask for much in return but love, attention, shelter and food. National Pet Week celebrates this unique and special bond we have with our Fur Kids.

Another observance happening this week is Be Kind To Animal Week is observed by thousands of animal shelters across the country. They host special media events, promote education on the humane treatment of animals, and try to remind people of the debt that humankind owes to both wild and domestic animals.

The third observance this week which connects all together is Puppy Mill Action Week which is something I talk about all the time. Don't Shop Adopt as there are so many unwanted animals needing homes in the shelters. Puppy Mills have turned pets into objects forcing them to breed non stop, giving no life to the poor animals in the cages including food, water, medical care. So each time you walk past a pet store and you see a cute puppy, think of where that puppy came from and how its parents are suffering in a cruel cage with no life so that some greedy human can make money off them and not have to have a real job.
I have been reading that lately pet stores are stopping the sales of puppies from breeders but instead selling rescued pets and that makes me happy. A breeder of any kind will never see a dime from me as I will only rescue.

So now we have discussed the observances of the week let us discuss the cat toy we are giving away. This company contacted me and asked if I would be interested, I explained that I do not have a cat but friends do so I gave the toy to a good friend of mine who has two cats and got his feedback which was awesome.

Now this is what Stephen had to say about the toy : "My cats loved the toy. I was only able to capture my one cat playing with it. Colby immediately smelled it and started to roll on it. He played a solid hour with it. My black cat later joined in playing with it, they sort of threw it to each other. The shape resembles a snake- which drives cats crazy."



And who makes them : Kitty Kick Stix is a family owned business that has made thousands of cats happy since 2012. Each toy is cut, sewn, and stuffed in the USA, creating the softest, freshest, and largest catnip toy on the market. Available in three different sizes, the Kitty Kick Stix creates a fun way for cats of all sizes to enjoy. As part of our pledge to help make a difference, each Kitty Kick Stix purchased helps support a cat shelter.

For more information : KittyKickStix

This Give Away is for the USA only

We are offering our readers a FREE mini 6” stick with order by enter coupon code ‘mymeow’

Now as always I need my afternoon siesta but before I go to sleep I would like to wish every Mom everywhere a "Happy Mother's Day" and we hope you will be spoiled rotten, pampered and have a wonderful day,

With woof and love from Layla


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(May 26, 2017)

Melody

Yes kids and everyone :)

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(May 20, 2017)

Margot C

Mothers Day came and went, we didn't do much. I made waffles!

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(May 18, 2017)

Layla

Good Afternoon all,

Thank you for your comments and support for me about my fear of cats although Mom says I must try get over it, grr. But shhhh don't tell her that I think Old Ladies can be wise sometimes BOL.

Good luck to all those that have entered,

Have a pawsome weekend with a woof from Layla

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(May 15, 2017)

Sonja of Montecristo Travels

Aw... Monte's best bud is a cat! They aren't so bad! They can be loads of fun to play with!

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(May 15, 2017)

Ryan

It's ok, Layla! Kitties are nicer than you think.... Sometimes. lol

That toy looks like a lot of fun!

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(May 15, 2017)

Kitty Cat Chronicles

Thanks for the reminder about the observances this week! And thanks for the awesome cat giveaway! That looks like a super fun toy. I know my gang would love it!

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(May 14, 2017)

Sweet Purrfections

Truffle loves catnip. Brulee just licks it. I'm sure they would enjoy this toy.

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(May 14, 2017)

Dash Kitten

Great giveaway. Cats love his long kind of toy as they can grab it and kick too - perfect. Good entering everyone.

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(May 14, 2017)

Linda Szymoniak

I'm going to dinner with two of my daughters for Mother's Day. My youngest lives too far to get home for it, so I won't get to see her. I lost my own mother a few years ago or I'd be spending the day with her.

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(May 14, 2017)

Amy Orvin

I plan to take my mom out to eat for Mother's day.

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(May 13, 2017)

Lisa F.

I'm going out to breakfast with my parents, then over to my grandma's house to celebrate her life. She was supposed to be there, but died just this week. :(

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(May 13, 2017)

Layla

Thanks all for commenting, yes I agree I think Layla in her past had a bad cat experience but like everything we work on overcoming it.

Have a Happy Mothers Day All
With a woof from the Boss, Layla

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(May 13, 2017)

Carol Bryant

YAY for the kitties and a meow-tastic giveaway, too! That was nice of Layla to have a kitty on her blog.

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(May 13, 2017)

Beth

I hope you both have a great weekend! Those cat toys sound great. Thanks for sharing information about all the important observances coming up!

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(May 13, 2017)

Beth

I hope you both have a great weekend! Those cat toys sound great. Thanks for sharing information about all the important observances coming up!

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(May 13, 2017)

Linda Szymoniak

I'm going to dinner with two of my daughters for Mother's Day. My youngest lives too far to get home for it, so I won't get to see her. I lost my own mother a few years ago or I'd be spending the day with her.

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(May 12, 2017)

Mary W

We are having a family afternoon dinner to celebrate all the Moms in the family.

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(May 12, 2017)

Susan P.

My daughter is coming to visit on Sunday and we will spend the day together. She also loves to be with the cats when she visits.

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(May 12, 2017)

Sandy Weinstein

i will not be doing anything. i might go visit my mother's grave. i really miss my mom. she passed away 6 yrs ago.

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(May 12, 2017)

Robin

Thank you for the kitty giveaway! My cats would absolutely love these toys. :) For Mother's Day, we will probably be busy packing for our trip to the BlogPaws Conference. My kitties and I celebrate our bond all year round. :) My mother lives on the other side of the country from me, so I don't really get to celebrate with her.
-Purrs from your friends at www.PlayfulKitty.net

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(May 12, 2017)

Jane

Maybe you just haven't met the right cat yet, Layla. It's very nice of you to have a kitty giveaway, despite your fear.

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(May 12, 2017)

Jane

Maybe you just haven't met the right cat yet, Layla. It's very nice of you to have a kitty giveaway, despite your fear.

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(May 12, 2017)

Lola The Rescued Cat

Layla, I'm a little sweetie, I don't think you'd be afraid of me. Mommy is working on Mother's Day, but when she gets home I'll give her snuggles.

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(May 12, 2017)

Heather

Poor Layla afraid of cats. I wonder if she had a previous experience that made her wary. Glad to know that you are spreading the kitty love!

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(May 12, 2017)

Nikki Leakey

We are going to a barbecue at my sister's house with all of our family for Mother's Day.

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(May 12, 2017)

Layla

Yeah for the cats and a give away

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(May 12, 2017)

Kamira Gayle

Aww. Layla's afraid of cats? Hmm I wonder if she had a traumatic experience as a pup? Poor thing. The cats sticks look pretty cool.

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(May 12, 2017)

Kamira Gayle

Aww. Layla's afraid of cats? Hmm I wonder if she had a traumatic experience as a pup? Poor thing. The cats sticks look pretty cool.

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(May 12, 2017)

Carleen

One of my dogs is sort of afraid of cats too. Or at least he is very cautious around them.

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(May 12, 2017)

Amy Shojai, CABC

That's hilarious that Layla fears cats. Magic has a healthy respect for our cats, too, but a confident or pushy feline can be quite intimidating for dogs not used to them.

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(May 12, 2017)

Tenacious Little Terrier

I think we might take Mr. N to the street fair this weekend and I'm going to a crafting workshop. Mr. N wants to chase all the cats.

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(May 12, 2017)

happygodoodle

Layla, it's nice to meet you! I hope you have a very happy weekend doing all of your favorite things!

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(May 18, 2017)

Kathie Mudge

Had a great mother's day. Went to a vegan restaurant with my sons but first walked my foster pitbull in the morning.

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8th May is National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day (May 5, 2017)

Layla



TGIF,

Good Morning All, week is over phew and bring on the weekend, we all need a break I am sure. Layla and I sat in the park discussing her blog, what we will share and she as usual has lots of ideas, begs for a treat after giving me an idea and that is how it rolls between us. What is really fantastic is that the Grandma Lucy's Oven baked treats can be eaten by us also, so when we in the park and I am drinking my coffee we share the cookies, and they are really good and morish, you cannot just have one LOL.

On the 8th May is National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day.

We should actually be prepared all the time but it is always good to be reminded to check our items, plans, and make sure everything is in order. I having lived in Eilat, Israel which is on the Rift Valley fault went through quite a few earth tremors and quakes so when I moved to San Francisco one of the first things I did was fix up an earthquake bag. Dont tell anyone but it has more for Layla than for me LOL.

But it is not only the bag that is important there is so much in the planning to make sure everyone is safe, both humans and pets so am going to list here the important points and in the comments please add any if you think I have left something out.

01. Know a safe place for yourself that will take pets also, like a motel, disaster shelter or ask your vet if in an emergency he could board your pet. Discuss this with family and friends also to cover all bases. Us dog park community have all said lets meet in the park so no one is alone and we can all help each other with our pets, which is a great feeling.

02. Make sure you have an emergency bag with everything in for your pet. Mine has the following : A first aid kit, water, poop bags, a blanket, and of course food. What I have done for food for Layla and this is thanks to Grandma Lucy's is I have a package of samples of their food which is really easy to pack, not heavy which makes life easier plus it is not kibbles which if in a plastic bag can burst and there is just a mess everywhere. For an upset tummy I put in my bag for Layla the Grandma Lucy's Simple Remedy which is just amazing to have in the house. What it is is a simple remedy for your dog or cat when they are suffering from an upset stomach – an easy to digest meal until they are feeling back to normal, all you have to do is add hot/boiling water to the chicken and rice mixture and feed your pet small amounts until their tummy settles. Thanks to Grandma Lucy I have an easy to carry emergency bag with good food for Layla, the simple remedy if her tummy gets upset from the stress and fear, and everything is so well packaged I have no worries about a spill in the bag. And of course I have lots of water for emergencies so we are all set.

What else is very important are lots of batteries, a flashlight, a battery operated radio and cash. Plus plus leashes/harnesses to keep them really safe with you, or if it is a cat then of course the pet carrier, rather be safe than sorry. So we are all set. I keep next to my bag my pop up canopy for the beach as if it is raining at least we can sit under cover and keep dry.

Layla is microchipped so am not worried about that one and she wears her PetHub tag which I love as if you scan it with your phone it will pull up all her details, important medical notes which makes me feel really relieved. Her tag profile also has her vet's phone number and what I have done for emergencies is put a second number on of a friend in LA so if they cannot get hold of me here in San Francisco there is a back up number in another city.

And yes we do have on our door and windows stickers saying there is a pet inside. I think I have covered all bases phew although I do worry when I go out and she is at home alone.

We do suggest that when you leave the home you put a sticker on the door if you have time saying evacuated which will save precious time for the emergency crew.

What have you done to prepare for a natural disaster for your family and pets? Would love to know as maybe I have forgotten something.?

So we decided this weekend, to help another pet have an easy to carry emergency bag we are giving away 10 sample packages from Grandma Lucy for your bag,

I am doing promo rep for Grandma Lucy so am not compensated for the giveaway.
This give away is for the USA only.

There will be two samples of : Macanna Salmon Recipe, Artisan Chicken Recipe, Pure Performance Goat Recipe, Pure Performance Lamb Recipe, Artisan Pork Recipe.

You can find out more about their wonderful freeze dried/grain free food on their link :
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Now as usual I need my beauty sleep and Mom is making me work later than normal which of course will cost her with double treats tomorrow BOL.

BUT BUT we must remind everyone about the Bracelet Give Away which is still going on, the Rafflecopter we moved to this blog also soooo everyone can find it.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone, enjoy family time, laugh a lot and shhhhh don't forget to do some soulful eyes and begging for treats,

With a woof from the Boss, Layla

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(May 9, 2017)

Jenna Hughson

Oh goodness, my town is experiencing some crazy flood issues as we speak!

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(May 9, 2017)

Amy Malone

I think I'm ready course I'm sure I don't have everything I need.

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(May 9, 2017)

Shirley Smith

I don't think I'am as ready as other's, But I do have emergency/disater kits ready though.

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(May 8, 2017)

Layla

Good Morning All,

Thanks so much for your comments and entering the Give Aways. I feel none of us are 100 percent sure if we are really ready or not and I personally feel that if it comes to an emergency I am sure I will say to myself oy vey why didn't I think of ............ But on the other hand would rather have 90 percent right than nothing.

Be safe all and have a great week with a woof from Layla

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(May 8, 2017)

Lisa F.

I don't know how "prepared" I am for a disaster, other than I will not leave my dogs for anything. :)

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(May 8, 2017)

Sadie

I always worry when I hear of flooding, fires etc. Of course, my first concern is that people with pets were organized enough to ensure the safety of their companions.

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(May 7, 2017)

Sweet Purrfections

One would think that living in a state with all of the natural disasters of hurricanes, tornados, floods, earthquakes (although not severe), and fires that I'd be more prepared. Thank you for the reminder that I need to be prepared for the girls as much as I am for me.

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(May 7, 2017)

Robin

We have a go kit ready in our pantry just in case disaster strikes.Fortunately, in our area, we are not prone to devastating disasters. We get floods and tornadoes, but they are not as large or powerful as they are in other places. Our biggest issue is how cold it can get in the winter. If a large enough area experiences a power outage in the winter, it can hurt a lot of people.
-Purrs from your friends at www.PlayfulKitty.net

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(May 7, 2017)

Michelle Catallo

While I am ready for several different types of disasters, you never know for sure and nothing is 100%.

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(May 7, 2017)

Michelle Catallo

I have two rescue dogs and one rescue cat :-)

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(May 7, 2017)

Heather Miller

I am very ready in case.We got everything plan out.

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(May 7, 2017)

Deborah Farris

All of my dogs have been rescues. Currently we one have one. I may noy be prepared for EVERY emergency, but we have plans in place for a variety of situations.

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(May 7, 2017)

Deborah Farris

All of my dogs have been rescues. Currently we one have one. I may noy be prepared for EVERY emergency, but we have plans in place for a variety of situations.

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(May 7, 2017)

Deborah Farris

All of my dogs have been rescues. Currently we one have one. I may noy be prepared for EVERY emergency, but we have plans in place for a variety of situations.

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(May 7, 2017)

Deborah Farris

All of my dogs have been rescues. Currently we one have one. I may noy be prepared for EVERY emergency, but we have plans in place for a variety of situations.

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(May 8, 2017)

Talent Hounds

This is a great and important reminder no matter where you are. Toronto was recently hit with a lot of flooding due to incredible amounts of rain and its not something that we always think to be prepared for but what a relief to be able to get through things like natural disasters with our pets safe!

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(May 7, 2017)

kelly woods

We do have a rescue pet.

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(May 7, 2017)

Jill Jackson

We are definitely ready. All important papers in one place, money in savings and pet friendly places to go

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(May 7, 2017)

Kia of ComeWagAlong.com

It is always great to be prepared. You have some great tips and sound like you're prepared, yay!

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(May 7, 2017)

Heather Wallace

I think I may be woefully unprepared and will have to remedy this situation immediately. I love the idea of having an emergency contact in another city just in case.

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(May 7, 2017)

Jana Rade

I like to think we are prepared but maybe I ought to go over what our plan really is and how well it would work. It's an important annual reminder to get our ducks in a row.

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(May 7, 2017)

Beth

It sounds like you are prepared! I've always read that you should have a copy of your rabies vaccination with you as well as a printed photo of your pet in case they get lost. Often times during emergencies, we don't have access to power and technology.

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(May 7, 2017)

The Dash Kitten Crew

You ARE prepared indeed. We have a lot of thing ready too, as we don't believe gorernments cope well with disasters at all and people on the ground will get vey little immediate help.

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(May 6, 2017)

Julie Dawson

Yes I do

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(May 6, 2017)

Julie Dawson

Yes I do

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(May 6, 2017)

Julie Dawson

We are not as ready as we should be.

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(May 6, 2017)

Sonja

Well our weekend will be a bit crazy on our end too! We have the Barket (the Ottawa downtown market goes to the dogs!) on Sunday and loads of wedding stuff to plan! So less altruistic for sure.

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(May 5, 2017)

Sandy Weinstein

i try to be. i have additional food in the house that does not need to be in the freezer or fridge. i have a pet safety bag made up. all of their leashes are in one place, medical records as well. i keep the crates in the house. i keep extra money on hand when i know something is going on. i have lots of bottled water. lots of batteries, electric candles.

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(May 5, 2017)

Kamira Gayle

What a great informative post. It's always great to be prepared even if you never need to utilize the emergency pack. Better to be safe than sorry later.

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(May 5, 2017)

Kitty Cat Chronicles

It's always good to be prepared for an emergency! We don't get earthquakes in Georgia, we but do get tornadoes! We had a tornado warning just recently, and thankfully we were able to all take cover in our basement quickly because I keep the cat carriers in an easily accessible place in the house. I also have an emergency kit that has a first aid kit and various other supplies. Thanks for the reminder - I need to check it!

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(May 5, 2017)

Layla

WOW another give away and its food yummm

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(May 5, 2017)

Marni Alvino

Love this giveaway

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(May 6, 2017)

Tenacious Little Terrier

I should check the expiration dates for things in his emergency kit. It's been a while since I put it together.

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(May 7, 2017)

Karen

We've been having such erratic weather here lately I've been giving lots of thought to the emergency plan issue. I have the emergency bag,but need to fill it! Thanks, Layla, for the reminder, and for letting us know about Grandma Lucy's. I am familiar with their cookies, but didn't know they had this food, too!

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(May 7, 2017)

Brooke Rose

I'm ready for any disaster but would be better off with some more food ;)

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(May 8, 2017)

Mary benack

I am somewhat ready for diasteres. But not fully ready

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(May 11, 2017)

Flea Christenson

My mom always has her Bug Out Bag ready. Full of stuff for both her and Miss Honey. Mom barely escaped Hurricane Katrina, and she's been ready to escape ever since. I should probably have one, too ...

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A Combination of Many Things Plus Give Away (April 28, 2017)

Layla



Good Morning All,

TGIF !!!!! It has been a long week and Fridays are for me a Sunday as I work on that day so am looking forward today just relaxing a bit - LOL wishful thinking. It never ends but I suppose keeping busy keeps me on my toes which for an old lady like me is good. HA !!!

As I said above this blog is a combination of many things and we have done it this way as we feel much must be said. So lets get rolling.

Saturday is World Veterinary Day and we must not forget to thank those wonderful vets who put up with all our nonsense, questions and of course take wonderful care of our pets, without them I am sure many of us would be lost, so a shout out thanks to all of you.

Sunday is a very busy day with lots of observances :

01. National Pet Parent's Day which is a celebration of the relationship and bond we have with our pets, we are so blessed to have them in our lives and call them our fur kids. For me who has never had children (my choice) having fur kids is a blessing and I am so grateful for every day I have with them and that includes my fish, birds, cats, dogs, mice, and turtles. I have been a Mom to many and look back at it and smile.



Baby R.I.P. who many of you have met through my blogs will always be a big part of my life and missed daily. She taught me unconditional love through my darkest hours and that is something money cannot buy.



02. The Second is National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day

National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day is observed each year on April 30. This day was created as a way to raise awareness for thousands of pets that are waiting for (and needing) adoption from the shelters, this day speaks a lot to me as I speak out daily about it plus cross post where ever possible as I want all the shelters to be empty, I know that is a dream but sometimes dreams come true.

I have been blessed to have only rescued dogs and cats in my life, something my parents did and I followed in their footsteps so I was fortunate to have had a wonderful education from my parents. Educating your kids from a young age about rescue will only help empty the shelters.

All Layla's tags and she has 4 BOL, one on each harness and then one on her collar are all speaking out about rescue : Mutts have more fun, Shelter survivor, Rescued is the best breed and Kiss Me I'm rescued.

Lets observer it by doing a simple thing and would love if all of you to join in with me and that is going to my facebook page - you will see the blog pinned to the top and share a picture of your adopted pet using the #AdoptAShelterPetDay. Thank you.

So with all this happening this weekend plus Mothers Day will be upon us soon I got together with PawZaar to do a give away. What I love about this business is that like me, give back and helping rescue organizations is something in our blood.

Ten percent of the proceeds from all PawZaar purchases benefits homeless pets. Currently PawZaar is sponsoring both a dog kennel and a cat kennel at San Antonio's Animal Defense League, providing a safe place for these pets to wait for their forever homes!

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And then we have our website where rescue organizations are welcome to hold online auctions for free which and being on the internet many people can see the items listed.

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The Give Away is for the amazing bracelet - Your love for pets is carved in stone, and this stretch stone bracelet shows the world your passion for paws. The Paw Stretch Bracelet, with black lava stone and the rainbow colors of the Chakra, features a petite paw to remind you of the paws in your life.



I have been given one by PawZaar as a gift for doing this give away. It is open for everyone over the age of 18+ in the USA.

So on this note Layla is off to snooze in her box, she is over worked BOL, and I am going to finish off work so I can try relax a bit.

Have a wonderful weekend all, lets share the love of our fur kids,
With love Layla

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(May 4, 2017)

Justin

I support rescue animals!!! 😍❤️🐶 Great bracelet so fashionable! ❤️❤️❤️

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(May 2, 2017)

Cheryl Walters

All our dogs are rescues! 3 Chihuahuas and one very spoiled Golden Retriever.

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(May 2, 2017)

Christine Aiello

I do not have a rescue pet, but my next pet will definitely be a rescue.

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(May 1, 2017)

Jason Diehl

all 3 of our dogs came from a rescue, we wouldn't have it any other way

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(May 1, 2017)

Jason Diehl

all 3 of our dogs came from a rescue, we wouldn't have it any other way

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(May 1, 2017)

Beth & Gizmo

All 4 of my dogs (1 with me)& many cats (1 with me) are rescues. I've learned so much from each of them. I love the bracelet 💖💖

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(May 1, 2017)

Layla

Happy May Everyone,
Thank you so much for your wonderful comments, sharing that you have rescues and making our day when reading them.
Woof with love from Layla

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(May 1, 2017)

Kim m

I have 3 pets one is a rescue. T

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(May 1, 2017)

Polly

Happy May to all! 🐕🌻🌼🐶. I have 4 rescue fur babies- all doggies. 3 females and 1 male. All different breeds and different ages. Definitely different personalities!

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(April 30, 2017)

Sweet Purrfections

We just checked the calendar and there are a lot of special days dedicated to pets this month. We missed World Veterinarian Day!

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(April 30, 2017)

Robin

Both of my kitties are rescue kitties! :) I wouldn't have it any other way. We've rescued each other in a lot of ways. I'm very glad for the help of the veterinarians who do all they can to help our pets stay happy and healthy. I agree with you - one of the best ways to honor a beloved pet that has passed away is to help another pet in need.
-Purrs from your friends at www.PlayfulKitty.net

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(April 30, 2017)

Dash Kitten Crew

We are all shelter pets here, there is something special about a shelter pet isn't there. So much love in their hearts.

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(April 30, 2017)

Sarcastic Dog

Thank you for the reminder about all the pet events this weekend. We are hoping that National Adopt a Shelter Pet day is even more successful than last year. The more we can share how amazing shelter pets are, the more pets we can hopefully help find forever homes. Love the bracelet!

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(April 30, 2017)

Sonja

It's no wonder you do what you do! You were raised to care. I like the bracelet, You know... they need to make a "bigger bead" version for the dudes!

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(April 30, 2017)

Cathy Armato

Thanks for reminding folks about these special observances, they're so important! I have only fur kids too & all but one have been rescues. Enjoy your weekend!
Love & biscuits,
Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

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(April 29, 2017)

Jana Rade

I miss getting excited about Fridays. Working from home, there seems to be no such thing as weekends. Somebody always needs something urgently.

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(April 29, 2017)

Talent Hounds

Thanks for the reminders and giveaways. We will have to thank our vet and celebrate adopting a rescue and being a pet parents with Kilo the Pug and Xavi the Foster.

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(April 28, 2017)

Tena Hastings

What a beautiful bracelet! Both my babies are rescue. Saucy is improving slowly but still has potty issues at times. We're patient though and trying to stay on top of it. I love how much you care about our rescues!! Blessings!!

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(April 28, 2017)

Marni Alvino

The bracelet is so beautiful.
I love your site.
Thank you for caring and rescuing animals

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(April 28, 2017)

Debbie Bailey

That's great that you grew up in a family that believed in rescuing animals. What a great example to set for the children in the family. We had a rescue cat that we got when I was in middle school and I started volunteering at the animal shelter around that same time, spending most of my summers and weekends there. I think an early introduction to animal causes is a great thing. :)

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(April 28, 2017)

Tonya Wilhelm

Those are a lot of days this weekend! It's really important to thank our amazing veterinarians regularly, but this day will hopefully give pet parents a push to do so. I love the jewelry.

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(April 28, 2017)

Dash Kitten Crew

Just reading your post tired us out - remember to rest lady OK?

We will share your giveaway - it gorgeous!!!

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(April 28, 2017)

Heather

Beautiful bracelet and a wonderful cause! I love that they donate a percentage of their proceeds. Every company should do that.

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(April 28, 2017)

Layla

WOW thank you for reminding us about the observances this weekend

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(April 28, 2017)

desiree

what i have soon to be 3 my dog are rescuing a kitty for my chiawaii

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(April 28, 2017)

Tenacious Little Terrier

That PawZaar bracelet is lovely and it's awesome how they sponsor kennels.Lots of pet holidays this month!

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(April 28, 2017)

The Daily Pip

I love PawZaar and the bracelet is beautiful. And BOL, Ruby has 4 tags, too! We will be celebrating Adopt-A-Shelter-Pet Day on Sunday, too.

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(April 28, 2017)

Melanie Huttner

I rescued all 3 of my pets!

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(April 30, 2017)

Beth

That is a lovely bracelet! I hope the two of you enjoyed the weekend!

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(April 30, 2017)

Karen H.

Today was definitely a day for pets! Love the bracelet! Glad you got a break, Layla, gotta have some down time!

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(May 7, 2017)

Laura O.

I have two cats, both are rescues, one was from a shelter and one was a feral.

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Why is today, April 26th Special (April 25, 2017)

Layla




Morning All,

I don't normally do a blog on a Wednesday, that is I changed it to a Friday a couple of months ago but because today is a special day in so many ways I decided to do a short one.

What is 26th April.

On April 26th we celebrate two special occassions so decided to dedicate my blog to it too :

01. National Kids and Pets Day

Is dedicated to furthering the bond between children and animals which is so important by educating the kids about compassion, respect and love. It also is a day to help bring awareness to the plight of pets in shelters awaiting new homes.

On this day we encourages everyone to ADOPT NOT than SHOP. There are millions of orphaned pets sit in shelters awaiting new homes. But we always remind you to make sure your child and your family are ready for a new pet as it is a life time commitment.

02. International Guide Dog Day

This special day recognizes guide dogs and their important role in helping the blind and visually impaired stay safe and be independently mobile. They are heroes and deserve a day.

So lets keep on educating the future generations to respect, honor and cherish animals and give a special thank you to the wonderful guide dogs who are blessings to so many.

Have a great day with a woof from Bossy Layla







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(July 26, 2017)

Shelby Gottschalk

We love our mutts!! I love that there is a special day to celebrate them. And adoption is so important too.

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(April 27, 2017)

Nichole

Happy belated National Kids and Pets Day! We missed that one!

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(April 27, 2017)

Tonya Wilhelm

Two wonderful days that can actually be combined! I was a service dog trainer for the first 3 years of my career. One of the most rewarding jobs I've held. I really loved it, when a younger recipient was receiving a dog. I loved working with the two.

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(April 27, 2017)

Beth

I love kids and dogs together, and I'm so glad that it seems like more people are realizing that their interactions need to be supervised. I didn't realize it was National Guide Dog Day too. April 26 is a special day!

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(April 26, 2017)

Jessica Shipman | Beagles & Bargains

I had no idea! I guess I was too distracted by the fact that it's also National Pretzel Day!

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(April 26, 2017)

Tenacious Little Terrier

There's a guide dog school by here. I really want to go to one of their graduations sometime.

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(April 26, 2017)

Rebecca at MattieDog

Yeah for International Guide Dog Day - and I appreciate that you help us remember how important this day is and our need to recognize the amazing pups that are guide dogs! Woot! Thank you!

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(April 26, 2017)

Layla

Evening All, thank you for visiting our blog today to share these two special events as we are sure they speak to everyone in a different way.

Take Care
Layla

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(April 26, 2017)

Sweet Purrfections

We agree it is important to education children on how to interact with animals and that the bond between the two can last a lifetime!

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(April 26, 2017)

Sonja

I think I am going to have to try and find fun things to blog about travel related that I can "dog-ify" in a post. Ha! thanks for the inspiration to look at a new angle.

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(April 26, 2017)

Lola The Rescued Cat

There are so many great days to blog about. I always appreciate when other bloggers post reminders. Thanks!

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(April 26, 2017)

Kia of ComeWagAlong.com

Thanks for the remind of those days. They are very important. I love seeing my kids grow up with my dog and the bond they share.

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(April 26, 2017)

The Dash Kitten Crew

Until I began blogging I had no idea that America alone kills millions of cats and dogs each year, and yet we STILL don't neuter and spay our pets!! SHEESH C'MON PEOPLE!!!!

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(April 26, 2017)

Debbie Bailey

What great reasons to celebrate! I truly believe that compassionate children are our best hope for a more caring, loving world. One where both humans and animals are treated with more love and compassion. Great post!

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(April 26, 2017)

Amy Shojai, CABC

I didn't know about these holidays, and will add them to my calendar. It's always a great time to celebrate and honor guide dogs--and well, kids and dogs just go together like P & J!

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(April 26, 2017)

Heather Wallace

Hi Layla! Gonzo and Beau say hello. Thanks for letting us know of these important days. Both my dogs were adopted and we are big supporters of animal rescue. We also spend a lot of time with special needs children and respect and love their animal companions.

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(April 26, 2017)

Kamira Gayle

I'm definitely a fan of #adoptdontshop. So many thousands of cats and dogs are living on the streets or abandoned. It's so important to adopt over shop and also spay/neuter your pets!

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Friday has arrived plus Freebie Friday (April 21, 2017)

Layla



TGIF everyone,

Well the week is over and the weekend has arrived. Layla and I are both looking forward to it, are you ? What are your plans ?

We going to be busy as on Saturday I am doing DogFest, which is an awesome fundraiser for one of the Elementary Schools, lots of kids, dogs, vendors and of course food. A fun day but I will be working and Layla will spend the day with her Uncle Nicky, he is so excited to have her LOL as he has been asking for months for a day with her, she will be totally spoiled am sure of that. It will be her first time away from me but she knows him so well that am sure she will be fine. I am also trying to train her to feel comfortable with others for an emergency.

Sunday is just going to be Layla and Me, quality time relaxing and not sure what else, we will go with the flow and of course it depends on the weather.

So now for the fun, we have teamed up with Jones Natural Chews to do a Friday Freebie of their yummy duck feet and chicken feet, one lucky winner will win one bag of baked chicken feet, one bag of smoked chicken feet PLUS one bag of baked duck feet and oy vey one bag of smoked duck feet, yup one lucky pup will be very happy chewing. They are all 100 % grown and made in the USA. Layla loves them and I gave one as a treat to Minnie a friend of mine's dog and she could not gobble it up quick enough. This is only open to the USA.

Jones Natural Chews

We also reminding everyone that our give away for our amazing Pet ID is still on going so that means two give aways here, and someone is going to be very happy to have their cat or dog wearing one and of course being safe.

They are offering all our followers for the period of our give away a 35% discount of all Id's. All you need to do after designing yours is type in the coupon code : Layla.

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So let the fun begin. I have been received from both companies their products for the reviews.

Now as always, its time for me to go to sleep, being the Boss is hard work and I think I must ask Mom for a raise or should I say more treats BOL.

Have a great weekend everyone,
With woof and love from Layla


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(May 5, 2017)

Courtney Stock

Yes I would say that I am ready for an unexpected disaster. Although I hope I never have to deal with that. all my pets are microchipped and I have 3 emergency cards on my house. I Do own 2 rescue cats one was from a SPCA and the other we nursed back to health because he was abandoned.

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(May 5, 2017)

Courtney Stock

Yes I would say that I am ready for an unexpected disaster. Although I hope I never have to deal with that. all my pets are microchipped and I have 3 emergency cards on my house. I Do own 2 rescue cats one was from a SPCA and the other we nursed back to health because he was abandoned.

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(April 25, 2017)

Jenna Hughson

I have heard nothing but good things about Jones!!!

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(April 24, 2017)

Bryn Nowell

Yay for your comments working! I know that must have been super frustrating for you! We love Jones Natural Chews, but have never tried their feet treats, so this sounds like a fun new thing to try.

Sounds like you have had a great weekend with each other. Thanks for always sharing your adventures with us!

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(April 24, 2017)

Cathy Armato

Sounds like an awesome weekend of giving! We Love Jones Natural Chews, their products are so healthy & safe!
Love & biscuits,
Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

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(April 23, 2017)

Robin

It sounds like you had a great weekend planned! Ours was very busy. Between my husband's greeting card business, designated driving, and the blog campaigns I have coming up, there is never a dull moment around here. Great giveaways! I've heard that dogs love those Jones Natural Chews.
-Purrs from your friends at www.PlayfulKitty.net

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(April 23, 2017)

Sweet Purrfections

We hope the Dog Fest was a lot of fun. Some woofies are going to be very lucky to win this giveaway.

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(April 23, 2017)

Beth

I hope you had fun at the Dog Fest and a relaxing Sunday! Great giveaways as usual!

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(April 23, 2017)

Tonya Wilhelm

Another great giveaway. You know how to party Miss Layla! Love tripe for Dexter.

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(April 23, 2017)

Dash Kitten Crew

When in doubt ours love Temptations!! I am good at shameless bribery!

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(April 23, 2017)

Sandy Weinstein

my girls love any type of treats, the love the beef strips, or green tripe braids.

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(April 22, 2017)

Cheryl

Our dogs would love to try these treats!

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(April 22, 2017)

Shadow & Ducky's Mom

We haven't tried Jones' stuff because the girls have IBS, and this type of treat make it flare up. But great giveaway for those who can use them.

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(April 22, 2017)

Tenacious Little Terrier

Mr. N likes the Jones trachea chews. He hasn't tried any of their feet chews though.

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(April 21, 2017)

Julie Dawson

Mine love the bully sticks

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(April 21, 2017)

Nichole

Happy Friday! Thanks for sharing some fun giveaways!

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(April 21, 2017)

Layla

Thank you for these give aways and have a great weekend

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(April 21, 2017)

Layla

Good Luck Everyone

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(April 21, 2017)

Layla

WOW two give aways

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(April 21, 2017)

Layla

Thanks for the great Give Aways

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(April 23, 2017)

MOLLY Mednikow

You do so many amazing things with your website! My dog is experimenting with many different treats and chewies at this time. My other dog was on a very restricted diet. Sadly, my other dog passed, but I want to make up for the years that Marilyn did without. I hope we win!

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(April 21, 2017)

Carleen

Wow, two giveaways at once! Thanks! My dogs love those duck feet.

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(April 21, 2017)

Heather

Happy Friday Layla! Enjoy some quiet time today and your Jones Chews. Gonzo and Beau are jealous and say I need to enter the giveaway for a chance to win.

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(April 22, 2017)

Kamira Gayle

Thanks for the update Layla! I don't use the treats but know friends who'd love some. I'll spread the word!

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(April 23, 2017)

Karen H.

Two giveaways for the price of one! You Rock!

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(April 23, 2017)

Daniel Scott

My dogs both love Bully Sticks and Whimzees. Raw bones are also a favorite.

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Don't let me get lost plus Give Away (April 14, 2017)

Layla



TGIF All,

I love to hear the word Friday and know that it is the end of another week and two days to relax as much as possible, plus have quality time with Layla which is so important.

There is something that always worries me and that is Layla getting lost. Although I am fortunate that she does not go far in the park or actually anywhere it still frightens me and I also ask myself how do people manage to lose their pets ? I know that might sound crazy but it is like losing a kid, you should have your eyes on them all the time, double check before leaving the house that are safe inside and when outdoors with them keep an eye on them every second especially when off leash.

What I have noticed more and more on a daily basis is that people sit or stand in dog parks and their phone is more important that they are not watching all the time and because of it dogs run off and then there is panic and half a park running after the dog. For me that is so irresponsible and it is the poor dog in the end that suffers.

National Pet ID Week - April 16-232, 2017

Approximately 10 million dogs and cats in the U.S. are lost or stolen each year with about 6 - 8 million landing up in shelters. Who is to blame ? The owners.
Only about 2 percent of cats are microchipped which makes it even harder for them to get back home, that is sad. With dogs only 22 percent are microchipped so that means the rest also will never see their homes again. That means one in three pets go missing and most never find their homes.

Plus you then have the statistic of 58 percent that are microchipped but have never been registered in the databases which does not help either.

To keep our pets safe we should do the following :

01. Microchip them and keep the data base updated all the time
02. Make sure they wear collars with all details 24/7 as with a blink of an eye one can just run out of the house when the door is open.

I do this and I hope all of you do too.

So to help and make sure our pets are safe we have joined up with My Pet DMV to give a Pet ID License to one lucky cat or dog. What I love about them is that they have all details on them.




Now there’s a way to keep your Pet safe and have fun doing so. Started as a family business, MyPetDMV provides authentic Pet IDs that look like actual driver’s licenses. Each order receives (1) large wallet sized Pet ID Card and (3) smaller versions. Keep one in your wallet, put the other on your Pet’s collar or keychain. We proudly stand behind each Pet ID we make, offering a "no questions asked" Life-Time Warranty. With 1000’s of satisfied paws and our 100% guarantee, your loved pet will stand out with their personalized pet id license.

Design yours at MyPetDMV

They are offering all our followers for the period of our give away a 35% discount of all Id's. All you need to do after designing yours is type in the coupon code : Layla.

This give away is open for all residents of the USA and Canada over 18 years old. I was compensated for doing this review with a Pet DMV for Layla.

So let us keep our pets safe by wearing a Pet DMV and good luck to all those that enter.

Happy Hoppy Easter

WIth a woof from the Boss, Layla

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Layla's Wednesday Woof (April 4, 2017)

Layla



Good Morning All,

April has arrived and with it a new issue with Layla. I know she has always been afraid of fireworks but we have now two more to add to the list, not sure whether it is noise but the fear is here, the microwave and the oven. So when I use them she runs to her bed in the shower to hide and as soon as I am finished she comes out again.

I live in a studio so unfortunately everything is in one room so I have no option but to use these appliances. I spoke to my vet about it, and he said that with age sometimes dogs suddenly become afraid of things, and I must not make a big deal out of it as it will not solve the problem but the opposite, let her go into bed in the shower and relax and calm down there. This is really interesting as she has been fine till the past couple of months with this. I will not give her and the vet agrees any kind of medication for this as once I am finished with either one of the appliances she is back with me happy like nothing happened.

As most of you know I lived in Israel most of my life, through the good and the bad but still very much love that country, it is embedded in my heart. What has always amazed me is the strength of these people, their out look on life and the way they live every day as if it is the last day on earth.

One Community of Israel that I greatly admire is the Israeli Defence Forces, IDF, who make it possible for any Israeli to join the army, whether healthy or with a disability. They have a unit in the army for those with disabilities, where they are part of the army doing what they are able to do and it amazes me. I feel personally it is so important for everyone to be able to do what they are capable of doing and not have doors closed on them and feeling left out especially in a country where doing army service is compulsory for both men and women.

Now the real reason for this post is that last month, 21 March was International Downs Syndrome Day and as I follow the IDF - Israel Defense Forces page on Facebook they shared a video of a Down Syndrome Soldier who has become a dog trainer which I thought was just amazing. So with their permission I am sharing this video here too as I feel it has opened my eyes and will open many others to see that nothing is impossible if you want to do it. Thank you IDF Spokesman for allowing me to share.

IDF

I hope everyone will enjoy this video as much as I did and thank you IDF for giving this part of the Israeli community a part in the IDF that they do not feel like outcasts.

Now as always, I am finished dictating to Mom, she has to work as I need bones and treats, have a wonderful week, with a woof from the Boss.



PS. Don't forget that rescue organizations are needing funding so please list or bid on our website to help them

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Wednesday Ramblings (March 28, 2017)

Layla



Good Morning All,

Spring has arrived, it is nearly the end of March, this year is going too quickly.

Mom and I decided this week to amble with a ramble and do no give away, but instead just chat with our followers instead.

Last week was a scare for Mom with my lump which turned out to be a fatty lump so thank goodness no worries anymore phew, Mom was really scared but hey she did not have to get the needle stuck into her, so I think I got the worse part of the deal.

Our visit to the vet was a good one though, he is very happy that I have not got fat from the change in my diet and me eating Grandma Lucy's food and treats. Actually he was very impressed with the food which made Mom happy. Oy I forgot to tell you that Mom will be working for them now, promoting the yummy foods and treats, I am really excited for her as that means she might slow down with her teaching which will mean more dog park time for me in different dog parks. Woof !! Plus of course more treats as I am Mom's official taster and she is going to be using my dog food to make treats like this video below :)

Treat Recipe

I must admit that with summer around the corner, that will mean loads of outdoors and fun in the sun, something that Mom loves too, as she says there is nothing better than at the end of the day to pack a bag with coffee, dog treats, water and of course a blanket and go over to one of the parks and chill out, relax and do nothing. Mom does not believe in electronics where possible so those times are just us and friends and no electronics of any kind. Quality time spent together outdoors.

Did I tell you we have four dog parks within walking distance of our house ? That makes life so easy and fun as we can choose a different one every day.



So that in a nutshell is what is happening in the Layla neighborhood, busy as always but starting to spend more time outdoors, or should we say coming out of hibernation from the rains.

Do you have any plans for the summer ? We would love to hear !

I am off now here, have finished dictating to my secretary, it is hard work so I need to get some beauty sleep, have a wonderful week all with a woof and love from Layla


PS. I must remind you that so many rescue organizations need help so why not list one item on our website to help them, thank you

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(April 14, 2017)

Jana Rade

So many pets get lost all the time. Proper ID can save lives.

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(April 6, 2017)

Debbie Bailey

Our girl Roxie developed a fear of cooking appliances recently too, also seemingly out of nowhere. She now hides under the dining room table when we use the stove, oven or microwave. And as of about a week ago, our other dog Ringo is now joining her under there... But just like Layla, as soon as we're done cooking, they're back to normal. Silly pups :)

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(April 6, 2017)

Layla

Thursday has arrived

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(April 5, 2017)

Layla

Happy Wednesday

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(April 3, 2017)

Layla

Good Morning All,

Spring is in the air although grr they say its gonna rain this week again, BUT we had a wonderful weekend outdoors in the dog park just chilling with coffee and treats, it was fun plus as Mom promised no electronics.

Thank you all for chatting with us, sharing your stories about lumps and bumps and thank goodness we are all fine and happy.

Have a wonderful week with woof and love from Layla

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(April 2, 2017)

Christine Caplan

Time spent outdoors is our #1 priority as soon as the weather changes! We are also on a digital diet when we head over to the park in the summer and I love your "outdoor" pack ---you had me at coffee!

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(April 2, 2017)

Jessica @YouDidWhatWithYourWiener

I'm glad the lump turned out to be harmless. My Chester is almost 15 and he started developing fatty lumps a few years ago. I was never too worried because they were soft and squishy but I had the vet look at them anyway. Biopsys confirmed they were just fatty tumors. I still check them regularly for any changes though and make sure any new ones feel the same way.

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(March 30, 2017)

Mishu

Yeah I love the outdoors too, any time I'm ready to woof woof at the park..

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(March 30, 2017)

Mishu

Yeah I love the outdoors too, any time I'm ready to woof woof at the park..

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(March 29, 2017)

Sweet Purrfections

We are happy the brighter and warmer days of Spring are upon us. We don't go outside, but we do get the nice sunbeams through our windows.

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(March 29, 2017)

Bryn Nowell

I'm so glad the lump wound up being nothing. What a relief. Thanks for sharing a glimpse into your world. We always appreciate hearing about your adventures.

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(March 29, 2017)

Dash Kitten Crew

Yeah for lumps that are benign, and for good vets. Our vet is very ill so you can imagine Mum's panic in case we need to find a new one.

Have a good Spring!

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(March 29, 2017)

Beth

It sounds like your summer will be very relaxing and enjoyable! To be perfectly honest, we don't have any plans just yet, but it will probably be a lot of relaxing too.

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(March 29, 2017)

FiveSibesMom Dorothy

Oh, whew! I am *SO* very glad it turned out to be just a fatty tumor. I know how scary those are...my two Siberian Huskies each have one and when I first found them, I was nervous. Happy Spring!

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(March 29, 2017)

Nichole

Spring hasn't really sprung here yet... we're expecting snow on Friday!

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(March 29, 2017)

Cathy Armato

You're so lucky to have so many parks within walking distance, we are so jealous! We had a great park close by in Phoenix, but now that we're back in Long Island, NY there are so few dog friendly parks. It's so sad. We have been too busy to think about Summer yet!
Love & biscuits,
Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

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(March 29, 2017)

Tonya Wilhelm

I was so happy to read your good test results. The waiting game is so scary and so long. Good luck to your mom on the new gig.Ya spring!

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(March 29, 2017)

Kitty Cat Chronicles

Glad to hear that your lump turned out to be nothing! It sounds like you guys have some awesome and fun plans for the summer! We are going on vacation in a few weeks, at the end of April. Mom and Dad will be taking Kylo Ren the Adventure Cat, and the three of them are going to Charleston, SC! Can't wait!!!

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(March 29, 2017)

Hindy Pearson

Hi Layla, as always I love hearing about what's been going on with you. I know how much the rain interferes with your social life, so glad to hear the beautiful weather is just about here. Congrats to mom for landing that gig - sounds awesome, and you are one lucky pup to have so many dog parks in your area. We've always had to get in the car to find one.

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(March 29, 2017)

Talent Hounds

What a relief to get those test results back! We too are still waiting for spring to really arrive and I know Kilo can't wait to enjoy the nice weather with me. Great treat recipe! Thanks for sharing

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(March 29, 2017)

Jana Rade

Lumps are always scary. Fortunately, many of them are benign and most of the cancerous ones are curable with surgery if done soon enough and properly.

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(March 29, 2017)

Jasmine from The Tribe of Five

Hello,
Jasmine here, one of the feline members of the Tribe of Five. We can't wait for spring. There is still snow in our front yard! And the lumps...I have a couple of these fatty lumps, doesn't affect my health or my beautiful appearance.
Purrs and Head Bonks

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(March 29, 2017)

Joely Smith

I love how you have so many places to frolic in the Spring! We live in the country so we have a lot of nice places to visit. We will be visiting our regular stomping grounds getting as many smells, and pees in as possible in the great outdoors.

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(March 29, 2017)

Dolly the Doxie

Spring is coming here too can't wait! Love Dolly

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(April 2, 2017)

Diana

Wow! Four dog parks within walking distance, how cool! I am sure they all have their unique qualities.

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National or International Puppy Day March 23rd plus our ongoing Give Away (March 22, 2017)

Layla



Good Morning All,

Yesterday Mom took me to the vet for my bi-annual check up plus annual shots, nope we do not over do it but we do live in a city which is very strict and as Mom says rather we do the shots and be able to go to the park without getting ill than the opposite. While there the Vet who is so so nice was checking me and found a lump. Mom nearly had a heart attack on the spot but we decided to do a biopsy and now are waiting for the results. Mom is trying to stay calm but I don't think it is working. In a couple of days we will know more.

But that is not as important as to what is happening tomorrow, March 23rd, National or International Puppy Day - a holiday of the magic and unconditional love of puppies and encouraging adoption around the world.

So I put my thinking cap on and found out the following about this day :

A woman by the name of Collene Paige, A celebrity pet and home lifestyle expert plus author is credited for creating National Puppy Day in 2006 for many reasons.
The closest to my heart is it encourages adoption of puppies from shelters and rescues.

Their motto which we all use is Adopt Don't Shop and the reason for that is there are so many puppies sitting in shelters all over the world looking for forever homes. By going to the shelter to adopt you are not only giving a puppy a new home but you are helping the shelter also by making place for another puppy. It is a win-win situation for everyone, and that is the biggest reason of all is to adopt and not shop.

Another reason this day is so important is we can bring awareness to all about the evil puppy mills which I pray will be closed one day, the backyard breeders whom abuse their dogs by turning them into puppy producing machines, and then discarding them when they are finished with them. Personally these people should all be thrown in cages and see what it is like.

Now we must also not forget the important responsibilities when adopting a puppy because they depend on us like kids to learn and grow, and not be discarded a year later because they do not fit into your life or whatever, they are a life long commitment and it is so important for people to remember and understand that.

Let us think of all the positive from adopting a puppy - he/she makes us exercise, get out into nature, heaps lots of unconditional love on us, in return we take care of him/her like our child, feeding correctly, grooming, annual vet visits, and so much more. You have become a Mom or Dad to a fur kid.

I am a rescue, from a high kill shelter, I was one the lucky ones to get out and live a good life thanks to Mom, so let us all spread the word around about National or International Puppy Day by getting everyone to go to the shelters to adopt.

I would love to hear your story here on how you adopted your fur kid, was he/she a puppy or an older dog ?

Before I leave I must remind everyone that grooming is a part of having a puppy so don't forget to enter our give away for a grooming kit in either pink or blue.



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I am now going to my box and cannot wait to read your stories later, have a wonderful day, with a woof and love from Layla

PS. Everyone is talking about spring and spring cleaning so don't forget to pop over to our website and list all the items you want to get rid of.

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(April 15, 2017)

Debbie Bailey

I was so happy to learn that national pet day had a higher meaning, one that benefits dogs and puppies waiting for forever homes. All 4 of our pups are rescues, and our cat too, so it is a cause very close to our hearts. Thanks for sharing.

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(March 29, 2017)

Debbie Bailey

I'm SO glad to hear that the test results were good. So scary. And also, SUPER jealous that you have 4 dog parks near your house??? FOUR?? That's amazing! Enjoy your extra time with mom .

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(March 27, 2017)

Layla

Layla woofs only a couple of more hours to enter and yes it is an awesome kit as it does not scare me like the electric ones do,

Have a great day and good luck

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(March 27, 2017)

Connie

I have several long haired cats that need grooming from time to time. It is hard on them when I have to break out the electric clippers

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(March 26, 2017)

Daniel Scott

I groom my dog sometimes, but I leave the actually trimming to the pros.

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(March 26, 2017)

Layla

Morning All,

Thank goodness Layla is ok so am breathing here, thank you all for your concern.

I bathe Layla also, plus was grooming her with just scissors as she hates the sound of the clippers so when I saw this online I knew I had to try it and it was one of the best inventions I have found for her, so hopefully who ever wins the give away will enjoy it also, PLUS it does come in blue also LOL

Have a wonderful Sunday
Layla and Me

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(March 25, 2017)

Lisa F.

I do trim up two of my dogs, and of course brush and bathe them all.

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(March 23, 2017)

Sweet Purrfections

We just read where your lump was nothing serious. So happy to hear this.

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(March 23, 2017)

Cheryl Chervitz

I do all the grooming on our two boys.

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(March 22, 2017)

Dear Mishu

Happy national puppy day! Thinking about Layla and hope all is well with you!

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(March 22, 2017)

Beth

Thanks for the reminder about National Puppy Day! I hope that some day soon, puppy mills cease to exist. Our most recent addition was an adult when we adopted him, and I will adopt another adult dog again!

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(March 22, 2017)

The Daily Pip

We have been thinking about Layla and sending her all kinds of good vibes for good results.

We are all rescues in our family and wouldn't have it any other way.

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(March 22, 2017)

Dash Kitten Crew

We have adopted everything from the tiniest (fosterfail) kitten to seniors of 15 - we take a cat in need always.

We know that if you DO want a pedigree pet, there re always rescues working hrd to help them too!

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(March 22, 2017)

Layla

Woof this is Layla,

Thank you all for your positive prayers and thoughts, Mom is a nervous wreck and I am eating, sleeping, and begging for treats.

Our prayers are going to all over the world that lots of puppies or older dogs will be adopted tomorrow and they will have warm toasty beds to sleep in.

Good luck to all those that have entered our give away

Be safe and have a great day
Layla xxxx

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(March 22, 2017)

Amy Shojai

National Puppy Day? oh goody, nothing cuter than puppies, unless it's puppies with kittens! BOL!

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(March 22, 2017)

Sonja

yikes! hope that lump is just a little cyst and nothing more!

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(March 22, 2017)

Cathy Armato

This is a wonderful message Layla! I entered this great giveaway too. I clip Phoebe's nails but haven't progressed to full grooming yet. With the Scardycut kit I think I can do it! I adopted Phoebe from the county shelter where I was volunteering. I just fell in love & had to take her home She brings us so much Joy!!
Love & biscuits,
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(March 22, 2017)

Tonya Wilhelm

Hoping for the best turn out for you. Lumps are scary and waiting is so hard. Thinking of you both.

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(March 22, 2017)

The Island Cats

Thanks for sharing this about National Puppy Day. We hope lots of puppies...and maybe some older dogs, too...find forever homes.

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(March 22, 2017)

kelly

I wish you only the best results for on your biopsy. It's something we had gone through as well and we know how stressful it is.

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(March 22, 2017)

Debbie Bailey

Truly hope the biopsy comes back clean. Sending lots of love and positive vibes! And a glass of wine for you mom's nerves :)

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(March 22, 2017)

Golden Daily Scoop

Thanks for the great info about National Puppy Day! We are so sorry to hear about Layla, we are keeping our paws crossed for good results. We know how hard the waiting game can be. xo

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Scratching in the dirt for the Pot of Gold or is it Treats !!!! (March 17, 2017)

Layla



Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone, and its Friday woof so let’s have some fun today and turn it into a Freebie Friday so you will have two giveaways to enter.

Grandma Lucy called and asked if I would put a Pot of Goodies up for grabs this weekend to celebrate St Patrick’s Day, thank you Grandma Lucy, so in the pot will be Blueberry organics treats, 1 sample pack of artisan chicken and artisan lamb and then 1 sample pack of pureformance fish and rabbit.



Yum lets party afterwards and I wonder shhh if Mom will let us have some Beer with our food.

You can find all info on their website :
GrandmaLucys

Now we must not forget that to party we have to look good and that is where our second give away comes in as we are giving away these awesome clippers set from Scaredy Cut and looking pretty or handsome is important especially for a party or for Spring and Summer that is around the corner.



You can find all info on their website :
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Both Give Aways are open to all residents of the USA or Canada but you must be over 18. I am not being paid for either give away.

So let the digging begin for the pot of goodies and clipper set, how ! Easy Peasy just fill in the Rafflecopter Widgets and may the luck of the Irish bring you good luck.

Phew that was hard work so am off to dream about my pot of treats, woof and have a wonderful weekend with love from Layla

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(March 21, 2017)

Sweet Purrfections

Happy St. Patrick's Day! Good luck to everyone who entered.

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(March 21, 2017)

Christie

I don't really do other bloggers' giveaways, but the products are really interesting. Good luck to the people who entered!

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(March 21, 2017)

Kitty Cat Chronicles

Great giveaways, guys! Good luck to all who entered! Hope you had a great St. Patrick's Day!

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(March 20, 2017)

cheryl

I'm a little late in my comments, we did celebrate St. Paddy's Day. We all wore green bandanas with clover leafs

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(March 20, 2017)

cheryl

I'm a little late in my comments, we did celebrate St. Paddy's Day. We all wore green bandanas with clover leafs

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(March 20, 2017)

cheryl

I'm a little late in my comments, we did celebrate St. Paddy's Day. We all wore green bandanas with clover leafs

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(March 20, 2017)

Layla

Good Afternoon,

Layla is hibernating at the moment cos it is raining BOL. I am petrified to groom Layla as I am scared to hurt her as she is a wiggle butt but this kit is so easy and I did it with no fear at all, so we for all those that have entered or thinking about it, I recommend it highly.

PLUS don't forget the Grandma Lucy food and treats - Layla woofs a big yumm on those

Good Luck to all, have a great week
Layla and Mom

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(March 20, 2017)

monique s

For st patty's I will be wearing green for the day and having some irish crème coffee.

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(March 20, 2017)

monique s

Yes, I do basic grooming but do use a professional for major grooming needs

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(March 20, 2017)

Jodi Chick

Once I took a 2 day grooming course and thought "I can groom Fe at home". The first or second time I did it, he got started, jumped and needed 4 stitches to close the wound on his leg :/ I think of it every time I see those DIY Grooming kits. I think they're such a great idea and I also think I will never feel comfortable using one, lol. Poor Fe!

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(March 20, 2017)

Beth

I take my dogs to the groomer, but I need to start grooming them at home. These tools seem like it would make the process less scary.

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(March 20, 2017)

Emily Jones

Great Giveaway - I love a good giveaway and if lived in US I would go for it - Good luck to all of you that do xxx

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(March 19, 2017)

Robin

Thank you for the great giveaways! These are great products. :) We did celebrate St. Patrick's Day. Every year we do designated driving on St Patrick's Day to help keep our community safe. As for grooming my cats - I do groom them. Since they have short hair, they are very simple to groom. Just some brushing and bath wipes usually do the trick!
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(March 19, 2017)

Talent Hounds

Nothing would be finer than finding a pot of gold except in Kilo's case a pot of treats and food. Happy St Patrick's Day Layla.

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(March 19, 2017)

Tonya Wilhelm

Looks like a fun prize pack! My holiday was spent in a traffic jam for 3.5 hours. Not fun. haha

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(March 19, 2017)

Dash Kitten Crew

Ooh my two giveaway, well consider us well and truly spoiled. Good luck everyone - may the best pup win!!

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(March 19, 2017)

Dash Kitten Crew

Ooh my two giveaway, well consider us well and truly spoiled. Good luck everyone - may the best pup win!!

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(March 19, 2017)

Bryn Nowell

Fun post and two great giveaways! Thank you. Bean and I are celebrating St.Patrick's day which also happens to be her two years post surgery day for removing a Mast Cell Tumor, so she got lots of treats, snuggles, and love (which is honestly no different than any other day). In relation to your second question, our pups have short fur so no need for grooming. If we win that item, we'll donate it to our local shelter to help them with grooming pets who may be skittish before adopting them out.

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(March 19, 2017)

Justin Kiser

I love this site!! You and Layla always have gr8 give always!!! 😍❤😘☝️

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(March 19, 2017)

Sue Wilcox-Hall

We're Portuguese Water Dogs but we love to celebrate along with our Irish Setter friends.

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(March 17, 2017)

Christine Caplan

I love these give-aways! Happy St. Patty's Day! This is the first time I've seen any post for the ScaredyCut tools -my dogs are short haired so I don't groom them but I have friends with wire haired and long haired Doxies that are super high maintenance. I'll share this with them!

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(March 17, 2017)

Sandy Weinstein

I was going to go to a doggy St.Patty's Day with my girls, but they are not having it this year. so i guess we will stay at home

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(March 17, 2017)

allison hoffman

would love to win Grandma Lucy's for St. Patty's day!

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(March 17, 2017)

Tenacious Little Terrier

Happy St. Patrick's Day. Have fun with your pot of treats!

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(March 17, 2017)

Rebecca at MattieDog

We love those Grandma Lucy's blueberry treats!! I hope you and yours have a awesome St. Patrick's Day!

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(March 17, 2017)

Lola The Rescued Cat

We hope you find lots of treats at the end of your rainbow, Layla!

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(March 17, 2017)

Danielle Sullivan

We used to take our chihuahua, Hayley, for regular grooming until she kept coming back with razor burns. My daughter started grooming her at home a few years ago and we have never again used a professional groomer. So, of course, we love learning all about grooming products!

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(March 17, 2017)

Hindy Pearson

You have amazing giveaways!! I love the sound of those treats, and ever since I had to groom my own deaf and blind dog because no one would do it, I'm always interested in checking out grooming tools. Thanks for sharing.

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(March 18, 2017)

The Daily Pip

I have entered the giveaway for the clippers and really hope we win. Ruby is very nervous when we are grooming her and these sound like they might helpl

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(March 19, 2017)

Sonja Lishchynski

Have fun with those treats!!

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(March 19, 2017)

Jana Rade

Happy St. Patrick's Day! We don't celebrate that (no special reason why not, other that we don't) but Cookie does like "treasure hunts."

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(March 19, 2017)

Daniel Scott

We celebrated St. Patrick's Day by decorating the house. We also went out to eat that night. My wife dressed up the dog too.

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Happenings in the Layla Neighborhood plus a new Give Away (March 15, 2017)

Layla



Good Morning All,

We cannot believe it that it is the middle of March already, it was like yesterday we said bye bye to February, this year is going too fast.

Lot has been happening in the neighborhood, first we said good bye to some of our doggy friends who crossed the Rainbow Bridge, Cooper whose Mom Diana is an amazing person always helping the senior dogs and giving them a wonderful place to live out their lives, Opal, whose Mom Debbie is just wonderful and the owner of a great pet related business, Basil, whose Mom Joanna just adored her and did not want to let her go. They all have crossed the Rainbow Bridge and now not suffering from their illnesses. R.I.P. dear friends.

The weather here in San Francisco has been crazy hot so on Sunday Mom took me and the boys to the beach for a picnic, it was so much fun, and of course I wandered around visiting all the neighbors to get hugs and love. Mom kept apologizing but everyone laughed and loved it. I know how to work it BOL.

With Spring and then Summer around the corner it means grooming big time, and Mom tries to do mine as it is so expensive to go to a groomer, $ 75.00 each time, can you believe it. While working online Mom came across this wonderful pair of scissors with a comb attached, what is great is it does not make a sound like clippers. She contacted the company and they sent us a set to try and all I can say is although I am a big wiggle butt Mom did not do such a bad job, although I will not let her touch my paws so those still have to be done BOL. What we love about them is that they have different length combs so you can decide the length of our fur, you can get for either left handed or right handed plus they have in pink or blue. Guess what color I got? PLUS oy vey before we forget they can be used on cats also.

Scaredy Cut Pet Grooming Kit is the world's only silent clipper, offering gentle home grooming to sensitive pets. Scaredy Cut is silent so it gives your pet an even trim while ensuring that they're calm and relaxed - because pet stress matters.



Scaredy Cut comes with 7 combs (#1, #1 1/2, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6) to allow trimming from 1/2" to 1".

Comfort is key, so we include gel finger inserts to help you relax during a long grooming session.
Inserts can be removed for larger fingers or a looser fit.
Includes a 2-year refund / lifetime replacement guarantee.

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This give away is open to everyone in either the USA or Canada who are over the age of 18 +. We were given a kit to try.

Now as you all know it’s time for my siesta, my box is calling me, have a wonderful day and good luck to all those that enter, Woof with love from Layla

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(June 23, 2017)

Shelby

Love the pride apparel!! She's super cute.

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(March 19, 2017)

Candice

Great giveaway! Would love to try this product!

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(March 18, 2017)

Golden Daily Scoop

These are such wonderful giveaways! I love the grooming set, I like to keep the Goldens trimmed up in between grooming appointments so this would be perfect!

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(March 17, 2017)

Melody

Celebrating with lots of fun!

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(March 16, 2017)

Sandy Weinstein

yes, i groom all 3 gals. mini schnauzers require a lot of work. i clip them instead of stripping because i dont show them. stripping is very hard on the dogs and you.

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(March 16, 2017)

Nikki

I brush my cat, Razor, daily. She loves it!!!

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(March 16, 2017)

Layla

Good Morning Everyone,

Thank you for your kind words about our furry friends who have crossed the Rainbow Bridge.

What I love about the clippers is they do not make a noise which I don't like plus Mom does not have to leave me at a groomers for hours cos now she can do it in the house. The best of all is that 75 dollars that went to the groomers we can use on more treats for me BOL.

They are easy to use, keep clean and in a nutshell one of the best pet items I have found on the internet.

So good luck all that have entered and please share with everyone else.

Woof with love from Layla

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(March 16, 2017)

Joely Smith

We groom Lyla ourselves except for her nails and paws. I let the pros do that as I would not want to hurt her and do not trust my nail trimming abilities. We have let her fur grow out since her alopecia keeps her from getting nice full fur. She finally has a lovely coat but with summer coming it is time to give her a trim. Lyla gets SO hot so easily. This is a cute girly set perfect for our little Lyla! Thanks for the chance and good luck to all!

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(March 16, 2017)

Marni Alvino

It's been very hot in Southern California too. I'm so sorry to hear about all the doggies that passed away. God Bless all of them.
I would love to win the clipper set. Boy could I ever use this for all my furkids. Good Luck to everyone.

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(March 16, 2017)

Kristen M

Sounds like an awesome day at the beach! Those clippers are a great product, it must be so much less stressful grooming at home!

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(March 15, 2017)

Jessica Shipman | Beagles & Bargains

We're jealous of your warm weather. We just got a bunch of snow that is constantly melting and refreezing into sheets of ice. No fun for humans or dogs!

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(March 15, 2017)

Sweet Purrfections

Truffle and Brulee need a lot of grooming, but I don't clip them. I've heard some great things about this product.

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(March 15, 2017)

Talent Hounds

Luckily Kilo does not need much grooming but that little kit looks good. He is not a fan at all of even brushing- I use my fingers. He is due for a nail trim and a bath.

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(March 15, 2017)

Dear Mishu

Impressive that you do your own grooming! Dear dear Mishu is lucky to have short hair because she's not a fan of having anyone do anything to her...

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(March 15, 2017)

Beth Patterson

I take two of my dogs to the groomer, but I need to learn how to do it myself. This looks like a great tool!

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(March 15, 2017)

Dash Kitten Crew

We have some summer her still so it's good you guys are gettig se as well - we like to share our warmth around the world.

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(March 15, 2017)

Allison

Sorry for the loss of doggy friends. Here four pet owners I know have lost a pet too. Sad times.

Weather here in the Midwest is crazy cold. However, temperatures are expected to rise again in time for the weekend.

Good for your pet mom in grooming you herself! We still pay someone to groom, but it's a little more economical here.

Enjoy the rest of March!

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(March 15, 2017)

Kelsie | It's Dog or Nothing

Ugh, I could use some beautiful weather right about now! Seattle has been nothing but gloom.

What a great giveaway!

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(March 15, 2017)

Carleen

I wish it were that warm here! We have tons of snow!

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(March 15, 2017)

Tonya Wilhelm

Hot. I'm jealous. Below freezing here in Ohio. $75 wow, that is a lot for a little girl. But you are lovely.

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(March 15, 2017)

Nichole

I do all the Lapdogs' grooming at home. Great giveaway! And sorry to hear about your pals who crossed the Bridge.

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(March 15, 2017)

Cathy

I used to be a professional pet groomer so yes, I groom my dogs.

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(March 15, 2017)

The Daily Pip

I am sorry to hear about the passing of your sweet friends ...

These scissors sound great. I sometimes try and groom Ruby myself and it never goes very well. LOL

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(March 15, 2017)

Layla

Yes I do and these sound so easy to use

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(March 15, 2017)

Jana Rade

I'm just glad I don't have to worry about such things with my short-haired guys. FURminator and a brush is all I need. The attachments look just like those for my own clippers ;-)

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(March 15, 2017)

Debbie Bailey

My heart goes out to your friends who lost loved ones. Sounds like an otherwise good week for you, with your beach adventure. All you can do is enjoy every minute because tomorrow is never guaranteed!

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(March 15, 2017)

kelly

My thoughts to your friends that have gone over the bridge :(
I'm a little jealous with the weather you're having as I watch the snow and wind blowing here. Best of luck with the giveaway!

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(March 15, 2017)

Tenacious Little Terrier

I've seen ads for those. Less noisy clippers are a good thing!

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(March 16, 2017)

Sherri

Warm there, eh? We just had a snow day here. I was shoveling yesterday. $75 is a lot for a groom. I pay about $50 (CAD) cash. This kit might be good for times between grooms especially my schoodle's 'eye brows'

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8th March – so many memories (March 8, 2017)

Layla



Good Morning All,

I cannot believe the first week of March is over and we are on 8th March. Today has many memories for me but before that I would like to take a moment to wish every woman a Happy National Women’s Day.

As Charles Malik said:

"The fastest way to change society is to mobilize the women of the world."

Let us not forget that and stand up whenever we need to.

I mentioned above today is a day full of memories for me, sketched into my brain, today 8th of March I became an aunt for the first time, my nephew was born (20 + years ago). Two years later I got that dreadful phone call to come home to South Africa from Israel as my father was seriously ill, it was a nightmare flying there, 20 plus hour flight, rushing from the airport to the hospital, where he passed away on the 8th of March. It is a day I will never forget but also know and believe he knew I was there although he was in a coma. Life moves on, I miss him daily as he passed away too young, I curse him when something good happens in the world, and I smile when I see something that reminds me of him.

With all my travels all over the globe, I have always carried with me a little toy made of cardboard and felt that he gave me, it smiles at me all the time from the Hutch next to my desk, a silly thing but so him as he always liked those weird funny little objects.

So today is a day of mixed feelings, I am proud to be a woman, proud of how far we have come in history, proud of my nephew (I now have another two and two nieces all over the world) but most of all I am proud to be my father’s daughter as he taught me so much about respect, love, compassion and the list can go on and on. I am sure he is sitting up there in heaven, eating chocolate which was his favorite, and smiling down on me.

My blog today is about me, although Layla is so part of me too, his grandpup he never met, but whom he would have loved, the way he loved our dog Whiskey, who used to sit on a chair at the dining room table waiting for her piece of cheese from him each morning.

Now that I have shared, I am off here to oy vey bath Layla as she rolled in something really smelly in the park yesterday, ewwww , spoil her like I always do after a bath.

Have a wonderful day all, thank you for reading this part of my life, take care, and please Stand Proud, because as women we MUST stand together.

Ruth and Layla

PS. Please do not forget that our give away is still running so you have time to enter and catch the newspaper, without it how can your dog learn about wonderful women in the world BOL.

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(March 15, 2017)

Layla

Yes I do and these sound awesome and easy to use

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(March 9, 2017)

FiveSibesMom Dorothy

A very touching post...how special your toy is from your dad. With it being International Women's Day, I posted about my own mom, my hero & role model on my Facebook page. I think it's a time of reflection and of looking forward for us all it seems. My Mom was a Rosie the Riveter during WWII, a Miss Subways, auditioned with The Rockettes, was a proud soldier's wife, a happy housewife, an amazing mother, a business co-owner with my dad, a pro-bowler, an animal lover and advocate, an American au père, and a breast-cancer survivor. Talk about showing how a woman can be strong and do it all! She was a great role model of who and what a woman can be! I so agree with, we are strong and it is wonderful to see us support each other. :-) I really enjoyed your post and letting us share in some of your life. I am sorry for the loss of your dad. I lost my own when I was just 14 (long time ago), but hold him close in heart like you. Hugs to Layla!

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(March 9, 2017)

Layla

Woof good morning everyone,

Sun is shining woof woof woof. Thank you so much for your support and comments and it was a hard day yesterday in some ways but good in the others so as I always say on the 9th of March is to move on as life is too short.

Good luck to those that have entered the give away, the newspaper toy is so fantastic and Layla loves playing with it.

Have a great day with a woof and love from Layla

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(March 9, 2017)

Emily

Funny I wrote a piece about me too - I usually only write dog stuff - must be something in the air !! Lovely post xxx

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(March 8, 2017)

Sweet Purrfections

Happy International Women's Day. I don't think I realized what this day was until I got on FB during the day. Thank you for sharing such personal memories and thoughts with us.

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(March 8, 2017)

Jessica Shipman | Beagles & Bargains

Happy International Women's Day! I find it interesting how certain days can have a lot of events happen at the same time. Even when some of the things are bad, I like to use them to remember the good times.

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(March 8, 2017)

Christina Berry | The Lazy Pit Bull

Thanks for the giveaway! Hopefully Layla's bath went smoothly! :)

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(March 8, 2017)

Rene

It is inspiring to see you face your difficult day of the year with openness with others and sharing your private moments. Just a guess, but I bet your father would be proud. Thank you for your helpful disclosure!

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(March 8, 2017)

Beth

Happy International Women's Day! I can see why this date is so important to you for so many reasons. I am sure your dad is very proud of the woman you are!

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(March 8, 2017)

Gdash Kitten

Women's Day is important for every one of us. We take pride in who we are - what women, like you and Layla, achieve.

Stand tall!!

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(March 8, 2017)

Tenacious Little Terrier

Happy International Women's Day. Hope the day is good despite memories.

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(March 8, 2017)

Dolly the Doxie

I think we all have dates that give us certain memories. My dad went too soon but I know that he's up there with all the pets he loved so much, that's what I got from him.

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(March 8, 2017)

Susan

Your post should be about you on International Women's day! What a day to celebrate all the things that being a great woman for others in your life has allowed you to do.

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(March 8, 2017)

Nichole

Happy International Women's Day!

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(March 9, 2017)

Kim

I hope you had a lovely day and managed to wash the stink off her

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(March 9, 2017)

Kim

I hope you had a lovely day and managed to wash the stink off her

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(March 8, 2017)

DearMishu

"The fastest way to change society is to mobilize the women of the world." - let's do it.

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(March 8, 2017)

Tonya Wilhelm

I am so sorry for the loss of your father. That can't be easy. What a great way to honor him, to be proud to be his daughter. <3

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(March 8, 2017)

Debbie Bailey

So sorry to hear about your father's passing. This must be such a bittersweet day for you. A day to fondly remember your father, and celebrate your nephew's life, and also being a woman. I'm sure he'd be touched to know you carry that little toy around in remembrance of him. <3 Have a good day today.

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(March 8, 2017)

Layla

Thank you for your kind words, have a great day

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(March 8, 2017)

Allison

Hugs! You've written such a lovely tribute to your dad. My mom died when I was young and her death has forever impacted me and so I empathize.

Happy National Women’s Day! Keep blogging strong.

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(March 8, 2017)

Jana Rade

I hope you really enjoyed the day!

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(March 8, 2017)

Bren Pace | Pibbles and Me

Aww.. I love hearing real stories from people. Yours is very touching so thank you for sharing with us. I'm all for being a voice for women but when it gets nasty, I'm done. I think women should embrace every day as their day and make the most of the life they have been given. Of course, mine would not be complete without my two pups. :)

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March has arrived!!! Plus new giveaway (February 28, 2017)

Layla



Good Morning All,

Woof Wow where has February gone, it was one moment here and the next moment gone, just like that.

I am sure we all listen to the news at some point of the day and Mom and I were discussing how she misses the old newspapers she used to read, the comics and as Grandma calls it: The Hatch, Match and Dispatch Section which means Births, Marriages and Deaths.

Mom was saying how after a long week at work in Israel she used to relax on a Friday Afternoon with coffee and read the newspapers, what I did not know and learned from Mom is that their Sundays are like our Mondays , so their weekends are Fridays and Saturdays. Weird is all I can say and now I know why she is weird sometimes BOL.

She was also explaining to me how the radios are on in all public transport and every hour on the hour there is the news, and then every half hour a quick news flash. That country is addicted to the news but as I realized by Mom talking is that with all the problems in the Middle East it has to be that way.

So Mom saw this awesome newspaper with a squeaker for dogs and thought that if she can have her newspaper to read so can I and I really love it. I just wish she would share her coffee too BOL.

Our give away this week is for a newspaper for one lucky pup, they squeak and lots of fun with funny stories of course. They are made by Pet Qwerks who were founded with the introduction of the Babble Balls in 2004. Those were their first products and they remain their flagship today. Their focus has always been innovation and enriching the lives of pets. While the heart of Pet Qwerks remains in the interactive category, we have grown to manufacture plush, rubber and flavorit dog chews. You can click the below link for all their products :

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“The Krinkle and Squeak Newspaper “
After years of fetching newspapers for their owners, we thought it was time for dogs to have a paper of their very own.The Doggone Times comes complete with 3 squeakers, Krinkle paper that create a unique rustling sound and of course articles just for your dog! Krinkle & Squeak Newspaper measures 9.5” & 7.25" tall. Made from durable canvas material.

It is really well made, I think it will take Layla a year to get to the squeaker LOL and the crinkly sound makes it even more fun. Another think I love about it is that it is flat so easy to pack to take to the dog park.

This Give Away is open for the USA and Canada, age 18+ of course. I am not being paid for this give away but was compensated with a newspaper toy for Layla.

Now am off to finish reading my newspaper while Mom works, have a wonderful day with woof and love from Layla.

PS. As we always do, don’t forget to list or bid on items on our website to help rescue organizations

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(March 10, 2017)

Linda Szymoniak

I typically read the on-line versions of our newspaper (want to save trees). But, we do get the printed paper a couple of days a week - like on Sunday, for the ads and coupons. I read a local paper - The Times, and the Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago Tribune.

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(March 9, 2017)

FiveSibesMom Dorothy

Okay, as a photojournalist and former newspaper columnist, I love this giveaway, I still hold close the vision of a dog fetching the paper from years ago! While I do read online versions of news today, I still prefer that feel of a paper in my hands over a steaming mug of coffee! Nothing like it to start the day! Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

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(March 9, 2017)

Linda Szymoniak

I typically read the on-line versions of our newspaper (want to save trees). But, we do get the printed paper a couple of days a week - like on Sunday, for the ads and coupons. I read a local paper - The Times, and the Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago Tribune.

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(March 6, 2017)

Cheryl Chervitz

Most of the time I look online for the news I want to know about. I do get the Sunday paper sometimes, but I get it for the coupons.

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(March 6, 2017)

Layla

Happy Monday all, thank you for your comments. I am sorry to hear about some financial problems and know exactly how you feel. But this is an opportunity to enter and win something which hopefully will make you feel better.

Be safe all, with a woof and love from Layla

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(March 6, 2017)

Tara

Sadly I do not get the newspaper. It cost money and don't have two pennies to rub together right now.

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(March 5, 2017)

Linda Szymoniak

I typically read the on-line versions of our newspaper (want to save trees). But, we do get the printed paper a couple of days a week - like on Sunday, for the ads and coupons. I read a local paper - The Times, and the Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago Tribune.

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(March 5, 2017)

Lisa F.

I don't get the newspaper...just don't find the time to read it.

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(March 2, 2017)

Layla

Good Morning All, Thank you for your comments and entering the give away, good luck to all, woof with love from Layla

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(March 1, 2017)

Tenacious Little Terrier

We had a newspaper toy once but it was rubber so he didn't like the texture.

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(March 1, 2017)

Talent Hounds

We get the weekend newspaper. That toy looks cute but Kilo does not seem interested in newspapers, the texture doesn't appeal. He loves empty water bottles and plush. He does grab the mail.

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(March 1, 2017)

The Daily Pip

This looks like a super fun toy. Our poor Ruby is afraid of squeaky toys, unfortunately.

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(March 1, 2017)

Sweet Purrfections

My parents still like a good old newspaper. This is a great idea for a toy for a dog.

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(March 1, 2017)

Beth

We don't read the newspaper anymore, I never had time to read it and just recycled it. Perhaps when our lives are less hectic, we'll get the paper again.

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(March 1, 2017)

Sandy Weinstein

i read The Wake Weekly and The News and Observer

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(March 1, 2017)

Rebecca at MattieDog

Interesting - I had no idea that Israel had different weekend days! I love that newspaper squeaker by the way :)

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(March 1, 2017)

Kitty Cat Chronicles

Interesting about Israel having different weekends and radios on their public transportation! Love the dog newspaper idea too.. very cute!

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(March 1, 2017)

Marni Alvino

My dogs would absolutely love this. The loved to play with toys that squeak !

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(March 1, 2017)

Dash Kitten

I love those 'newspapers' they are lovely squeeky toys and they add a touch of humor to play (for the human!). I

t's like the kitty 'nip 'nanner - a popular and MUST HAVE toy that should be in every basket!!

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(March 1, 2017)

allison hoffman

would love to win this. my dog loves anything that squeaks!

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(March 1, 2017)

Sonja

Cute! One day we may have a dog that likes toys .. LOL I love the newspaper idea. SO adorable.

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(March 1, 2017)

Nichole

The Lapdogs really love those squeaky newspapers! We have both sizes, so we'll let others enter your giveaway!

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(March 1, 2017)

kelly

I love this "The Hatch, Match and Dispatch Section which means Births, Marriages and Deaths"
Who neat that you get your own newspaper, even if it is to chew instead of read ;)
Best of luck to everyone on the giveaway!

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(March 1, 2017)

Dear Mishu

Hey! Where do you live in Israel? Mishu's name is based on the Hebrew for 'someone' b/c she has a big personality -- she's really someone! She knows a few other Hebrew words too, like 'ragli' and ''rotza?'

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(March 1, 2017)

Christine Caplan

I LOVE those squeaky newspapers - we had one and then it got destroyed by onne of the dogs. I cannot remember which one. I think it's so cool that their weekends there are Friday and Saturday! I'd love to visit Israel - it's on my bucket list.

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(March 3, 2017)

Lisa Friend

Finally! A newspaper Bowser can't tear to shreds lol

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I am a little sad today (February 24, 2017)

Layla



TGIF everyone,

Today I am a little sad as my friends Titus and Clementine are moving back to New York. They are my besties who used to run up and down the hallway with me. Their Mommy has been offered a job there so they have to go, not fair as I really love them and now I won’t have any friends to play with on rainy nights. Mommy explained to me that sometimes things like that happen but we can still be in contact with them on email, it’s not the same and nothing she can say at this moment will make it better. I did not even mind Titus pinching all my bully sticks BOL, he used to run into my house, knew exactly where I hid them, go straight there and run out with one in his mouth. Clementine would squeak all my toys, it was so much fun having them around.

Last night they came to say goodbye and when they left I went into my box to mope although Mom tried giving me lots of hugs and treats, it’s just not the same.

So with the sadness I have not forgotten Freebie Friday and this week we are giving away an Opie & Dixie Organic Paw Stick. It is made of : Sweet Almond Oil, Olive Oil, Shea Butter, Aloe Vera, Calendula Petals, Chamomile, Comfrey Root, Jojoba Seed Oil, Beeswax, Plantain, Vitamin E, Essential Oils of Lavender, Rosemary, Tea Tree and Basil.



You can visit their website to see the products they have which are awesome pawsome.

OpieandDixie

This freebie is open to all those over 18+ and for the USA only. I have not been compensated for this freebie as the owner of Opie & Dixie is a close friend of mine and wanted to join in the Fun Friday Freebies.

Am off here to contemplate how to get to New York to visit my friends, thank goodness for my box which gives me peace and quiet, have a wonderful weekend everyone, with a woof from Layla

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(March 15, 2017)

Melody

Yes, I love the fact that this is silent. My dog has a hard time refraining still from noises

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(February 27, 2017)

Carol Bryant

It is never easy when friends move away. Cherish the memories.

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(February 27, 2017)

Spencer the Goldendoodle

I'm so sorry that your pal moved away! It can be hard, hope you guys stay in touch!!! :)

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(February 27, 2017)

Jenna Hughson

Awww, its always so sad when friends move away isn't it?

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(February 27, 2017)

Layla

Good Morning, Thank you everyone for your kind comments and I am feeling a lot better today, Mommy spoiled me over the weekend with lots of love and treats and of course the sun was shining so we went to the park.

Have a great week all with a woof with love from Layla

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(February 26, 2017)

Sweet Purrfections

It's always sad when friends move away. We hope you find some new friends quickly that are just as much fun.

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(February 26, 2017)

Tonya Wilhelm

Oh, no. I am so sorry your buddies are moving. That's so hard. I hope you get some fun new friends.

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(February 26, 2017)

Kitty Cat Chronicles

Sorry to hear your friends are moving away! That's always sad. But you will make more friends, we know it, Layla! :)

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(February 26, 2017)

Christine Caplan

Oh it's so sad when your friends move somewhere else. Clearly if bully sticks weren't an issue than this was a special friendship! Maybe someone new moves in and they had dogs too... big hugs to you to cheer you up. You're too sweet to be sad!

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(February 26, 2017)

Dash Kitten

Sorry about your buddies but, I guess, these days moms and dads need to go here the money is. Will be be able to find anothr buddy? I hope so *hugs*

We like the idea of tht paw balm, it looks so versatile and useful.

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(February 25, 2017)

Robin

I'm so sorry that you had to say goodbye to your friends, Layla. That is a very difficult thing to do. I've had to say goodbye to a lot of people in my life. Don't think of it as an empty hole in your life as much as it is room for you to love someone else. There could be many blessings for you hiding just beyond the edge of the safe and familiar.
-Purrs from your friends at www.PlayfulKitty.net

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(February 25, 2017)

Cathy Armato

I know how hard it is when friends leave Layla. Maybe they'll come visit or you can visit them one day. I hope new pups move in that will run up & down the halls with you!
Love & biscuits,
Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

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(February 25, 2017)

Talent Hounds

Sorry about your friends moving. Kilo's only friend and neighbor passed away last year. Love the look of the Paw product.

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(February 25, 2017)

Layla

Woof Good Morning Every One, I am still sad but Mom gave me lots of extra cuddles and treats yesterday and took me to the park. I came home and did not hear my friends barking like they used to which made me sad so Mom decided last night not to work so much and instead we cuddled on the bed watching TV. That did make me feel a bit better.

Thank you for being here for me I really appreciate it. With woof and love from Layla xxxx

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(February 24, 2017)

polly

Hugs to you and your Mom, Layla. I know you will both miss your friends when they move to NY. That is very far away, but keep thinking positive thoughts and maybe one day you will be able to vist them. Woof.

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(February 24, 2017)

Golden Daily Scoop

We're so sorry to hear about your friends. Hopefully you'll be able to keep in touch with them via the computer!

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(February 24, 2017)

Tenacious Little Terrier

It's always hard when friends move away. Mr. N's bestie moved last year.

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(February 24, 2017)

Marni Alvino

What a beautiful gift basket.
I love Auction4petsupplies <3

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(February 24, 2017)

Lola The Rescued Cat

We're sorry your friends are moving. Maybe you can skype with them!

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(February 24, 2017)

Beth

I am sorry that your friends are moving away, that is never easy. Hopefully the new puppy in the building will become a friend when it is a little older!

It looks another good giveaway!

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(February 24, 2017)

Ava Roberts

Oh, so sorry your friends are moving away. Maybe you'll get new neighbors and friends. If not, have a safe journey to New York.

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(February 24, 2017)

Sandy Weinstein

so sorry your friends are moving, maybe your mom will let you do video chat with them. when i was little one of my best friends, moved up north. we stayed in touch for awhile but as time went on, things changed. i still think abt her and wonder where she is. we were always together. she lived across the street.

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(February 24, 2017)

Hindy Pearson

I'm so sorry to hear that sad news Layla. I know how hard it can be to make good friends and of course you'll miss them but you know they'll miss you just as much. I know it doesn't seem like it now, but perhaps in time you'll meet other doggies you'll like.

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(February 24, 2017)

Diana

Now you have an excuse to take a fun filled vacation. You will love NY, we have lots of dogs parks and all kinds of restaurants where you can eat outside with your dog. I bet your friends would love to show you around their new neighborhood.

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(February 25, 2017)

Pawesome Cats

Sorry that your friends are moving away - but good friends never lose touch. Until you all catch up again...

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(February 26, 2017)

The Daily Pip

I am so sorry your friends are leaving and returning New York. Hope you will be able to stay in touch with them.

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(February 26, 2017)

Alicia

So sorry about your friends but hopefully your mom can get your some new ones asap!!

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Wednesday Woof (February 22, 2017)

Layla



Good Morning Everyone,

What can I say…… life is good in the Layla neighborhood. Mom bought me a lot of bones last Friday to keep me busy chewing and occupied during the rains so I am a happy girl.

She has picked up more teaching so she is running around like a lunatic teaching all her old pupils who need help before the end of the school year, so she is happy and I am too as phew I get a break from her for a couple of hours each day.

Plus of course the boys have been visiting so it has been fun.

The best was on Saturday when Mom volunteered and I went with her, it was great seeing all the people there and getting lots of love plus of course I found the perfect spot in the sun and just snoozed. It is hard being the Boss of Mom and making sure she does everything right.

On Sunday Mom and I had a special day as we decided no computer or work, so all we did was sleep, eat and play together and even managed some park time when it had stopped raining. It was a great day together with lots of cuddles and toy playing.

So as you can see, we have been very busy here which I like as with the rains life can get boring as I do not get to see my friends as much although I have my friends in the building and we run up and down the halls chasing each other. Our neighbor even got a new puppy so am waiting for it to be a bit older so I can boss it around BOL.

Now as the rain has stopped, we are going to go for a long walk, enjoy some fresh air before it starts again and if I am lucky Mom will take me to the park. She told me that today is walk your dog day and I thought it was the opposite, that is walk your human day today which I think is what it should be called.

Have a wonderful Wednesday, and great week, till we chat again on Friday when I think we will be doing a Freebie Friday, and I do know we have a giveaway planned for next week but not going to say what it is.

Woof with love from Layla

PS. I must remind you that Spring will be here soon, that means we have to clean out our closets and list on our website so that Rescue Organizations can get some money for vet bills etc.

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(February 24, 2017)

Layla

Woof its me,

Mom has been so busy she has not let me near my blog so have put on my wishlist my own laptop so that I can have more control here.

Thanks all for your comments, and am happy you enjoy reading about me cos I love sharing, that includes helping others, as Mom says life is about giving and taking.

So yes we are doing a Friday Freebie, check it out, its pawsome

Have a great weekend with woof from Layla

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(February 24, 2017)

Layla

Woof its me,

Mom has been so busy she has not let me near my blog so have put on my wishlist my own laptop so that I can have more control here.

Thanks all for your comments, and am happy you enjoy reading about me cos I love sharing, that includes helping others, as Mom says life is about giving and taking.

So yes we are doing a Friday Freebie, check it out, its pawsome

Have a great weekend with woof from Layla

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(February 23, 2017)

Debbie

It's so important to take time for the ones you love, especially when life gets busy. So glad you had a day of love and snuggles and playtime with your mom on Sunday. Have a great week!

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(February 23, 2017)

Carol Bryant

It feels like spring here in PA. It is February but weather is really odd.

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(February 23, 2017)

Emily Jones

You sound like you have been very busy - Dinky Daisy who is a French Bulldog loves chewing (on anything) look forward to your next giveaway x

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(February 23, 2017)

Beth

I am glad you had bones to keep the boredom away! I'm looking forward to seeing what your next giveaway is going to be.

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(February 23, 2017)

Sonja

Aw... wish my dude like chewing but nope ... no matter what we got him he has zero interest. What to do right? A well. Extra teeth brushing then.

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(February 23, 2017)

Cathy Armato

Sounds like you two have been busy! Enjoy those bones Layla!
Love & biscuits,
Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

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(February 23, 2017)

Karen Harrison

Layla, you're very good at journalling. Reading your post was a prompt I need to pick up my journal efforts, too. Enjoy those bones and keep the house running while your mom is taking care of business :)

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(February 23, 2017)

Tenacious Little Terrier

Rain does put a damper on plans but we go out anyway! He enjoys his walks too much to not go.

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(February 22, 2017)

Sweet Purrfections

I didn't realize your mom used to teach. Mom Paula thinks she may need to go back to teaching some when she retires in another month.

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(February 22, 2017)

Rebecca at MattieDog

Snuggles and bones to chew - it really doesn't get much better than that!!

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(February 22, 2017)

Bryn Nowell

I'm glad to see you had a day with each other that was dedicated to snuggles and tech free time together! Such a special treat, I'm sure!

Looking forward to seeing what you post to help pets in need soon!

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(February 22, 2017)

Kitty Cat Chronicles

Sounds like a wonderful weekend! Love the idea of taking a day of no computers or phones, just spending time together and playing. Sounds lovely!

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(February 22, 2017)

Golden Daily Scoop

It sounds like you have been very busy! Sometimes rain brings on new and fun adventures. That's wonderful to hear you volunteered with mom, must have gotten a lot of belly rubs! :)

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(February 22, 2017)

Dash Kitten

Our rain has cleared up, so much so there have been forest fires endangering homes and families!

I hope your bone was a good one. Mum takkes bones out of our stuff huh!

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(February 22, 2017)

Rachel

So glad the rain stopped for you! But that's nice that you had bones to keep you occupied while it was raining. Happy Wednesday!

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(February 22, 2017)

Tonya Wilhelm

We are so ready for spring! You and your mom are so nice about cleaning your closet for the rescues. <3

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(February 22, 2017)

Dear Mishu

Spring cleaning to have more money to spend on your dog -- great tip!

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(February 22, 2017)

kelly

You are very lucky to have gotten some bones! I'm happy that the rain stopped long enough for you to take your mom out for a walk ;) Let's hope spring gets here soon!

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(February 22, 2017)

Amy Shojai, CABC

It feels like spring has already come here! My roses have started to green, and the bunnies are playing hopscotch out in the field. Magic even flushed a deer yesterday!

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(February 22, 2017)

Talent Hounds

Just think... all those showers will bring beautiful Spring flowers :) Have a great week!

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(February 22, 2017)

Hindy Pearson

Well Layla, I'm so happy to hear the weather has settled and you're out and about. I hadn't realised you were such a social butterfly, now I understand why you get so frustrated when it rains. You have a much busier life than I do!!

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(February 22, 2017)

Jeanne Melanson

I'm so glad the rain finally stopped so you could go for a walk. I certainly can get boring if you have to stay inside all day, but having friends to run up and down the halls with? Priceless. Talk soon.

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(February 22, 2017)

Allison

I love the sound of your special day! Thursdays nights are like that for me and our pets.

My parents got a new puppy. I think like you the older dogs are waiting for the time they can boss the pup around. ;-)

How successful are your spring sales? This summer will be my first attempt at something similar.

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Freebie Friday (February 17, 2017)

Layla




TGIF – Happy Friday all, wow it is going to be a long weekend which means 3 full days with Mom and I am wondering if she has any surprises for me, hmmm putting my thinking cap on. I do know we gonna be volunteering on Saturday but otherwise nothing else.

So let us have a fun weekend giveaway, something I am giving away for once, yes me me me , Bossy Layla and what it is, is a charm like I wear on my collar which says “A house is not a home without a dog” I hope you all agree with that. So let the fun begin.



As Mom agreed with me, we going to open this for residents in both the USA and Canada but you have to be over 18 years old.

All you have to do is enter the Rafflecopter App below which is easy peasy, good luck and have a great weekend.

Woof with love from Layla

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(February 20, 2017)

Melissa

I have 3 dogs, 2 dachshunds and 1 mini chihuahua

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(February 20, 2017)

Robin

I hope that your long weekend was a great one, Layla! I hope you got super spoiled. :) I don't own any dogs currently, but I have in the past. My mom has 4 dogs and I know she would love this charm!
-Purrs from your friends at www.PlayfulKitty.net

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(February 20, 2017)

Talent Hounds

Definitely, agree that no home is complete without a dog. Have been lucky enough to have one or more most of my life, mainly rescues.

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(February 20, 2017)

Layla

Happy Love Your Pet Day Today to everyone - we hope you all get lots of extra loving and treats - not sure in which order BOL

Woof woof woof Layla

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(February 19, 2017)

Sweet Purrfections

What a great charm for those who are owned by dogs. Have a wonderful long weekend with your mom.

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(February 19, 2017)

Beth

We currently have 3 dogs. For most of my life, we had two or three dogs, but I did have an only dog for 11 years.

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(February 19, 2017)

Carol Bryant

Good luck to whoever wins!

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(February 19, 2017)

Lola The Rescued Cat

We're loving the long weekend! Mommy has hardly left the house!

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(February 19, 2017)

Tenacious Little Terrier

Enjoy the long weekend! That's a pretty charm you're giving away.

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(February 18, 2017)

Daniel Scott

We have two large, mixed breed rescue dogs, Artie and Kouga.

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(February 17, 2017)

Melody

One, max :)

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(February 17, 2017)

Dash Kitten

I love the charm, for any dog lover this is a must have!

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(February 17, 2017)

Sandy Weinstein

i have 3 little gals, Evie, 15 1/2, Tressa, 7 and Harley, 6.

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(February 17, 2017)

sherri

I love jewelry. The more with dogs, cats, horses or paw prints, the better.

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(February 17, 2017)

Kim freeman

What a fantastic little charm. Any dog would be happy to wear it. Great competition

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(February 17, 2017)

saundra smalley

one pup

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(February 17, 2017)

M. K. Clinton

What a cute charm and the perfect sentiment. I have two dogs. ♥

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(February 17, 2017)

Natalie Hartmann

I have 3 French Bulldogs

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(February 17, 2017)

Cheryl

Love the charm! Have a great weekend Layla, with Mom. Abby, our Golden would love this! We also have 3 Chihuahuas.

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(February 17, 2017)

Cathy Armato

What a lovely charm! You're so sweet to do Friday giveaways. Enjoy the long weekend!

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(February 19, 2017)

Alicia

That charm is the truth isn't it?! The winner will love it!

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(February 17, 2017)

DearMishu

Weekend Freebies is .. ☀️ ! Happy weekend !!

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(February 17, 2017)

Hindy Pearson

Happy Friday Layla, I hope your mom surprises you with some find times this weekend. It's very kind of you to offer a matching charm as a giveaway, and I couldn't agree more with its' message but I would add "cat" as well...sorry!

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(February 18, 2017)

Pawesome Cats

What a gorgeous charm! Enjoy your 3 day weekend and good luck to everyone who enters the giveaway.

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Two More Days till Weekend (February 14, 2017)

Layla



Good Morning All,

It’s the middle of the week, woof that means two more days till Friday and the fun begins. Thank you all for participating in our Give Away plus Freebie Friday and maybe we will surprise you soon with another.

The weather was pawsome last weekend, no rain so Mom and I spent as much time outdoors as possible. On Saturday Mom volunteered for a food bank and I went along, there was a great rug next to the door and lots of sunshine so while Mom worked I slept, that is the way life should be. In the afternoon we were in the park with our friends both human and four legged chatting, playing and of course mooching.

On Sunday Boaz came to spend the morning with us, so we packed a picnic for me, hung out at the park, Boaz played with his friends and I wandered around mooching for treats from all the uncles, best way to go. We then went to the Syrian Restaurant for lunch where I got spoiled as usual, and then back to the park. When Boaz went home we also did and I was so tired from all the sunshine so I went to sleep, a long afternoon siesta.

Actually we have been spending as much time outdoors as possible so Mom is making up by working late at nights but I cannot complain cos I am enjoying the time with her plus the rains start again tonight. Enough is all I can say I want the summer.

I got a bath yesterday to smell nice for Valentine’s and had all the people at the wash place laugh at me cos I was whining as I hate baths, I understand they are important but hey did anyone ask me if maybe I want to stay smelly? Not fair as it is my body not theirs. I did though get a very yummy dinner and an extra treat so have decided that Valentine’s Day should be every day. What did you get?

So that is what is happening in the Layla neighborhood at the moment and I suppose I should not complain as I am one of the lucky ones saved from a shelter.

Now am going to lie down, this blogging is exhausting and I need a snooze.
Have a great week with woof and love from Layla

PS. We do want to remind everyone that it is time to spring clean and list all your unwanted items on our website

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(February 17, 2017)

Layla

Good Morning every one from grr rainy San Francisco, thank you so much for visiting us and your comments.

I am so happy everyone had a great Valentines day and all got spoiled because we should be every day BOL.

We hope you have a great long weekend with a woof from Me, the Boss, Layla

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(February 16, 2017)

Sadie

Yay! I'm so glad you finally got some walk worthy weather! That sounds like a lovely way to spend Valentine's Day.

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(February 16, 2017)

Cathy Armato

Sounds like you had a wonderful Valentine's Day Layl! I love how you & Ma volunteer together to help others. You're both so generous of spirit! Icy & Phoebe got apples with peanut butter & I got lots of chocolate!
Love & biscuits,
Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

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(February 15, 2017)

Sweet Purrfections

We had beautiful weather this week with temps in the 70s. Glad to hear you've had a good week.

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(February 15, 2017)

Rebecca at MattieDog

Aw you got all stinking clean for Valentines Day!! Well, I hope you got an extra serving of something yummy - and maybe later you get to roll around in something wonderfully stinky :)

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(February 15, 2017)

Talent Hounds

Lucky you Layla. What a nice relaxing weekend. We went to doggy rescue events indoors both days. Was pretty cold outside.

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(February 15, 2017)

Molly Mednikow

This blog makes me feel very lazy! But also inspired! So thank you for the good read!

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(February 15, 2017)

Montecristo Travels (Sonja)

Spending as much time outside on our end too ... but WOA ... we've gotten several feet of snow. Keep frog games it is!

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(February 15, 2017)

Dash Kitten Crew

You did ahve a busy week-end and it sounds like more fun than rain! Our hwling gales have eases so we can go into the garden now YEAH.

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(February 15, 2017)

Beth

It sounds like you had an awesome weekend. Too bad about the bath, but hopefully extra cuddles made it worth it.

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(February 15, 2017)

Tonya Wilhelm

I am so glad you were able to have a nice outdoor adventure. This winter really needs to go away. :)

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(February 15, 2017)

Hindy Pearson

Well Layla, it's nice to hear how you've been getting on, and no longer stuck in the house because of all that rain. I think you have a way better social life than I do! Thanks for the spring cleaning reminder, now go back to your nap. Sweet pup dreams.

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(February 15, 2017)

Nichole

Tut heard you said "bath" and ran the other way... BOL! We can't wait for the long weekend!

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(February 15, 2017)

Rachel

Glad you were able to join your mom at the food bank! I'm sorry you had to get a bath though, but I bet you smell and look great!

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(February 15, 2017)

kelly

So happy to hear you were able to get out and enjoy the weather! It's still cold and snowy here and it feels like summer is so far away. I hope this weekend will be just as good to you.

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(February 15, 2017)

Amy Shojai, CABC

It's been rainy and cold here the past couple of days but today looks like it'll be a dog-ramblin' playin' kind of day. Magic isn't a fan of baths so we have to wait until warm weather so he can play "hose-tag" outside! BOL!

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(February 15, 2017)

Allison

Layla, sounds like the weather was good to you. My cats don't care for being groomed either, but have trained me to bribe/reward them with treats. Maybe you should try that idea? ;-) Good work on the blog post. Enjoy your well-deserved rest!

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(February 15, 2017)

Christine Caplan

Wow - that's pretty awesome that Mom spent the day volunteering a food bank -- right on! Yea - us too, since the rain has been hammering us up in PDX we have been spending lots of time outdoors too. Today is a very wet day. Glad to hear about your sweet bath too!

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(February 16, 2017)

Tenacious Little Terrier

Would you still want it to be Valentine's every day if it meant baths everyday? Sounds like you had a lovely day despite that though.

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Freebie Friday plus our GiveAway (February 10, 2017)

Layla



Good Morning Fur Friends,

I promised I would not complain but I wish the rain would stop it is enough now being stuck in the house, don’t tell Mom but I am fed up with her and want to see other people BOL. Mom did tell me we need the rain because of the droughts here in San Francisco but honest this is just getting ridiculous.

In one of our past posts we discussed how we are going to try work with small businesses and we decided this Friday to do a Freebie Friday, where 10 lucky winners will win a package of samples from AnimalsandAloe but not only that, each winner will win a package also for the Rescue Organization of their choice.

What is great about these products is that they are totally interchangeable between animals and therefore all animals with the same or similar condition can be treated with the same product, without the need for individual prescriptions. Plus humans can use them too.

These are the samples we are giving away:


01. ALOE PROPOLIS CREME - this product is applied to very dry and infected skin to help the healing process as it contains bee propolis which is what the bees line their hives with. It is also an antiseptic, has antibacterial and antiviral properties also

02. Aloe gelly. It helps with different types of skin conditions to cool and soothe any soreness and inflammation. It is 100% Stabilized Aloe Vera Gel in a tube

03. Forever Bright Toothpaste. it contains bee Propolis has no animal by-products and is fluoride free. Great for all your pets !!

Each package will have 3 samples (one of each) in for you try, to enter is simple

01. Go to our website and sign up with your Full Name and Address so we know where to ship it, we will not share your information with anyone or use it in any way.
02. Comment on our blog with the name of Rescue Organization, City and State
03. This Freebie is for the first 10 to comment and give their details on the sign in page of this website plus you must be over the age of 18 and a citizen of the USA.

While it’s healthy Friday today we must remind you that our give away for Grandma Lucy’s food and treats will be ending soon and only open for the US.
GrandmaLucy's



Now I think I am going to go back to my box as my work is done here on the blog and sleep as it is raining outside BOL.

Have a pawsome weekend with a woof from Layla

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(February 14, 2017)

Robin

Congrats to the winner! What an amazing prize. I love that you gave it to the winner's favorite rescue too. There are some homeless pets that could really benefit from a product like this. We have a rather extreme case in my area where a pit bull had his nose cut off by an evil previous owner and has just had reconstructive surgery. I bet something like this would be really soothing when he gets beyond those first sensitive stages of healing.

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(February 13, 2017)

Spencer the Goldendoodle

Congrats to the winner!!! :)

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(February 13, 2017)

Rachel

We have had a lot of rain too! In California, we definitely need it, but it has been a bit overwhelming! Also, have you tried the Aloe products? I would love to hear about how they work!

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(February 13, 2017)

Kim Freeman

What a fantastic competition

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(February 13, 2017)

Kitty Cat Chronicles

Love the idea of Freebie Fridays and giving to both your readers and rescues. This giveaway looks like it would be especially helpful to a rescue, since the products can be used between different animals. Very cool.

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(February 13, 2017)

layla

Happy Monday all, Are you ready for Valentines Day ? The Give away is over, the Freebie Friday is over and the new week has started.

There are going to be new additions to our website this week so we hope everyone will hop on over and see the wonderful items.

Have a wonderful week with a woof from me, the Boss, Layla

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(February 13, 2017)

Cathy Armato

Freebie Fridays are a great idea! Creating partnerships with local businesses is a wonderful thing to do.

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(February 12, 2017)

Sweet Purrfections

We need some rain here to get rid of some of the pollen that is already beginning to fall.

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(February 12, 2017)

Katie Allan

The rain isn't so bad- it makes everything grow! Grandma Lucy's is a great brand! I hope your giveaway goes well!

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(February 12, 2017)

Brandon Sparks

I have never feed them organic food before but would love to try it and see if they like it.

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(February 12, 2017)

Talent Hounds

Great giveaways Layla. We love aloe products. Sadly we are in Canada.

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(February 12, 2017)

Rebecca at MattieDog

Forever Bright toothpaste is awesome - we love it! Heading back to our box :)

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(February 12, 2017)

Tonya Wilhelm

Go back to your box? That's pretty funny. Those sound like some interesting items! Thanks for the introduction of the brand.

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(February 12, 2017)

Dash Kitten

I have heard how good Aloe is for humans, i am so glad it works for pets too. Natural is best - and more trustworthy!

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(February 11, 2017)

Marni Alvino

I love organic fooed for dogs.

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(February 11, 2017)

Daniel Scott

I cannot afford organic. It is just too expensive, our family will be growing a garden this year and then we will add it to his food.

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(February 11, 2017)

Golden Daily Scoop

What a great giveaway! we love these treats, right now we are eating the apple ones! YUM!

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(February 11, 2017)

Jane

Hi Layla! What a great job you have done with your giveaway post. Very nice that these products can be shared with the humans too! I hope you get some sunshine so you can get out to the park and play with your friends. Happy Weekend!

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(February 10, 2017)

Kate Singleton

Hi Layla...we too are sick of the rain. We plan to enjoy the weekend

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(February 10, 2017)

Sandy Weinstein

i help out at Safe Haven for Cats, rescue and clinic, raleigh, nc. i donate to their pet food bank for both dogs and cats. they also have a low cost clinic for cats and small dogs.

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(February 10, 2017)

Layla

Evening All, for those that are asking all these products are for humans and pets including the toothpaste :)

Good Luck with a woof from Layla

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(February 10, 2017)

Hindy Pearson

My dogs are feeling your pain Layla, although you've been rained out far longer than these 3 have been. Thanks for letting us know about this great giveaway, the products sound amazing and I'm all for supporting local businesses. Have a good nap!!

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(February 10, 2017)

Rochelle and Henry

Henry needs some outside time, too! It's been raining and snowing here in NYC. Good luck to the giveaway entrants!

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(February 10, 2017)

Pawesome Cats

We always favour natural products when they're available. Good luck to everyone who enters your giveaway.

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(February 10, 2017)

M. K. Clinton

I hope the rains slow down because it looks as if California has gotten more than it needs at one time. ♥

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(February 10, 2017)

Tenacious Little Terrier

I've never heard of toothpaste with aloe in it. Is it for the pets or the humans? Or both?

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(February 10, 2017)

Pawesome Cats

We could do with some rain here - it's just one big long heatwave at the moment.

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(February 12, 2017)

Lola The Rescued Cat

As kitties, we LOVE when the weather is bad because that means Mom stays home more! She says she goes stir crazy, but we love having her home.

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Happenings in the Layla Neighborhood (February 8, 2017)

Layla



Good Morning All,

A week since my gotcha celebrations and I am still trying to get more goodies out of Mom but it is not working, shrugging what can I say, if you don’t try you don’t get BOL.

Mom has been moaning cos her new laptop (6 months old) is not working to find out that the hard drive and motherboard are defective so not a happy Mom but they are sending replacements and a technician to our house to fix it all. Mom told them that she would not start sending things off and waiting two weeks or so for it to be returned so at the moment she is grumbling while typing on her antique laptop, like 6 years old.


What has been happening with me, umm not much, just wish it would stop raining. Mom took me to the vet on Saturday as the week before when we were leaving the dog park some stupid woman was so busy on her phone that when she let her dog off leash it ran into us dragging me up the pathway as I had my leash on. Mom was concerned as I started hopping more than normal but vet checked me all over an sent me home with a clean bill of health phew, as I do not like taking medications. So for an old dog BOL (10 years old) I am doing great and I must thank Mom for that, as she does do all the work.

So that is what is happening in the Layla neighborhood, not that exciting although we must remind you that our giveaway is still going for the yummy Granma Lucy’s food and treats.

GrandmaLucy's




Am off now back to hibernate in my box, best place to be when it rains as Mom BOL has it hard getting me out of there for a walk, have a wonderful week

Woof with love from Layla

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(February 9, 2017)

Layla

Good Afternoon everypawdy from rainy rainy San Francisco, when will it stop as I am bored stuck in the house and not being able to see my friends in the park and shhh don't tell Mom but also get my treats from my Uncles BOL. I am feeling fine, still hopping but its all good and Mom says its a good time to really rest up. I don't agree BOL.

They coming to fix Mom's computer tomorrow so she will be less grumpy HA and maybe then I can convince her to give me more treats (wishful thinking).

So stay warm and dry with a woof from Bossy Layla

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(February 9, 2017)

Sweet Purrfections

Glad to hear you are okay after being dragged down the walkway from the other dog.

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(February 9, 2017)

Carol Bryant

Glad you are okay. I cannot enter the giveaway due to conflict of interest. Thanks.

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(February 9, 2017)

Sadie

That must have been so scary for you Layla! I'm glad you are okay. Hope mom's computer is sorted soon - that is frustrating!

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(February 8, 2017)

Rebecca at MattieDog

So relieved that you were not hurt - your mom takes beautiful care of you!! I hope her computer gets fixed soon - sometimes technology isn't all it's cracked up to be!

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(February 8, 2017)

Beth

I am glad that you weren't hurt! I hope that you get some beautiful weather and that your mom's laptop is fixed soon!

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(February 8, 2017)

Tenacious Little Terrier

I had to get my motherboard replaced too. I hope your computer gets fixed quickly!

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(February 8, 2017)

Sonja

Rain rain go away! Well over here we have feet of snow and -40 so ...

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(February 8, 2017)

Dash Kitten Crew

I am SO OVER stupid dog parents!! Really, if you can't control a dog - should you really have one? If your mobile phone is more important that your duty to other dogs in the park I wonder. Layla I hope you are OK - things like that are scary and you should not have to deal with them. We are sorry on behalf of more caring humans.

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(February 8, 2017)

FiveSibesMom Dorothy

Oh, no, Layla! I'm so sorry to hear that doggie dragged you. I'm so glad you are okay. Rest up!

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(February 8, 2017)

Tonya Wilhelm

There's nothing wrong with more goodies. You should get new goodies every day. :)

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(February 8, 2017)

Bryn Nowell

Sorry to hear about your computer! That must be super frustrating!

We feed Bean and Yoda Precise Holistic, which isn't labeled as organic, but is a product that we trust. It took a long time to find a food that is safe, easy to digest, and doesn't effect Bean's allergies!

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(February 8, 2017)

Rachel

Happy Belated Gotcha Day, Layla! Bummer about your mom's laptop. Hope she can get it fixed soon. Raining there? It's been raining here, too! But we don't mind the rain. Happy Wednesday!

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(February 8, 2017)

kelly

I hope your mom gets her laptop fixed and back running soon! Sounds like you had a scary time at the dog park, but I'm happy you are ok and the vet gave you a clean bill of health!

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(February 8, 2017)

Golden Daily Scoop

Layla, we hope you get to sneak a treat or two! BOL! Hope mom's laptop troubles end soon, they are no fun! ;)

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(February 8, 2017)

Hindy Pearson

Thanks for the update Layla. Tell mom I can relate. This may date me but I do remember a time when computers were not around much (okay maybe not at all!), yet we somehow survived. One glitch with my laptop nowadays and I'm in full blown panic mode.

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(February 8, 2017)

Allison

Sorry to hear about the laptop problems. This would sure cut into productivity. :-(

Some days lazy days with nothing happening are nice to have. Good to hear Layla got a clean bill of health.

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(February 8, 2017)

The Daily Pip

Oh gosh, glad you are OK! I hope the rain stops and your mom's computer starts working better.

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(February 8, 2017)

sherri

I believe I saw (and entered) this contest in an earlier post - or tweet. I likely entered, even though I don't live in the US

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(February 8, 2017)

sherri

I believe I saw (and entered) this contest in an earlier post - or tweet. I likely entered, even though I don't live in the US

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(February 9, 2017)

Kim

I have the worst luck with computers also. :(

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(February 10, 2017)

Carleen

Looks like a good set of products. I like aloe as an ingredient.

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Its Layla’s Gotcha Week plus new Give Away (February 1, 2017)

Layla



Good Morning All,

I cannot believe that it is the beginning of February and five years since Layla came to live with me, Our timeline is etched in my memory like it was yesterday and how far we have come, how she has grown up and now her reaching the age of 10 she is regressing a bit LOL and becoming more of a puppy, which I am loving of course. I vowed this week would be special for her and am doing everything I can to do so.

I first saw Layla online, sitting in a cage at the Carson Shelter, she was listed on PetHarbor which I had been following and perusing for a week, there was something about the matted mess in that cage that caught my eye and I knew she was the one. Her God Mother Cindy (a rescuer) called the Shelter on the Friday to arrange an appointment on the Saturday to meet her, Went there and they brought her out to her, Cindy called me from the shelter saying she had a smelly matted mess on her lap licking her, I heard “licking her” and that was all I needed to know as I knew in my heart the rest could be worked on. Cindy immediately pulled her and took her to her home, fed her and gave her a bath and let her relax. She slept at Cindy that night and the following day, Sunday, her uncle Mike picked her up and brought her to San Francisco to me. She arrived at about 8 in the evening, having slept in the front on a blanket the whole way. I that day had spent cleaning the house, getting everything ready including a new bed and toys. When she walked into my house she jumped up on the bed and made herself right at home, then ate some food, and went to sleep. I took her out that night and that is when I realized she was actually afraid of certain men but I did not push her and let her do her business and just relax. I did not crate her but decided that from day one she would have freedom and the only damage she has done in the five years is shred a tissue LOL.

Her surrender papers said the following: They had to surrender her because they had no time, that sentence makes me ill inside every time I think about it as so many use that excuse and my argument is if you going to have a pet it is for life, it is a child that depends on you and you would not do that to a child. It also stated that she was outside most of the time, including nights, did not like grooming (Layla dances when she sees the brush and loves it) plus that she kept running away (I would too if I was just left outside with no love or attention).

We have come a long way since then, learnt about each other, and five years later I can say that I am so blessed to have her in my life, no she does not take the place of Baby R.I.P, who went through the really hard bad times and kept me sane, but in her funny way her sharing my life is what Baby wanted and that is why she crossed the Bridge when she did, to make way for a new rescue and new life.

What I really love about Layla is her quirks, she is a quirky little girl, full of life, moans for attention, barks at the husky in the park who ignores her, loves hiding her treats and bully sticks all over the house, runs wagging her tail that you wait for her to take off, always smiling, and in a nutshell everything I could want from fur kid ,never a dull moment in the Layla neighborhood.



So to celebrate her five years with me, I with her friend Boaz whom she adores went to our favorite restaurant, Palmyra, a Syrian restaurant, Mom and Pop place, which I always love supporting, and their food is so good, BUT what I really love about this place is they adore Layla. She sits in the booth with us, they always bring her a bowl of water, and when they bring us our food they make sure there is a piece of chicken for her too. Who could not love a place like that. After lunch we went to the park and had a great time coming home to a much needed sleep LOL.

Grandma Lucy’s contacted us last week to do introduce us to a new line of food that they have come out with and I said to Jorge there it is Layla’s gotcha day this week so he was kind enough to send her an extra bag of Peach Biscuits plus the new food, treats and biscuits. Layla hears the mailman and sees a box it is hers LOL and I am sure if she had a chance she would jump into the box too.

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What is great about the new foods are as follows:

01. Starters – starters is their new treat line that features a limited whole food ingredients. They are freeze dried, come in different flavors but the best that I really love about them is that they are hard on the outside so that they do not crumble like other freeze dried treats, so easy to pack and take on the go. They are all GMO free, all natural and have no preservatives. Layla loves them and what a great birthday gift for her.
02. Coconut Biscuits – this is also their newest addition to their Organic Oven Baked Treats. It is wheat free treat using organic oat flour and coconut. Big hit in the dog park as I took some there and of course Ms Piggy is loving them also.




03. Macanna Food – Macanna freeze dried food is made with Mother Nature Superfoods including Pinto Beans, Coconut, Turmeric and Kale, It also has Hemp Hearts, Carrots, Pumpkin and Blueberries. I am trying out the Pre-Mix as I love the idea of mixing the protein I want into it which makes it simpler to alternate her proteins and therefore she does not get bored with food. Plus having the supplements in her food gives her a balanced diet and therefore I do not have to add any other supplements to her food (I do one week beef, one week turkey). She loves it big time and is eating better than I have known her to so am going to say this is a must try for those that have picky eaters or cook their dogs’ food – it also I found is economical as a big bag goes a long way and therefore I do not have to buy all the extras.

So we are doing a Give Away to start February where Two U.S. resident winners over 18 would receive a Macanna Sampler (2 of each of the Macanna formulas), & Coconut Organic Oven Baked Treats! I am not getting paid for this but have received food and treats to try with Layla.

So now Mom has done all the talking today, I am just going to woof my weekly woof to all my friends and going to sleep and dream about more treats.

Love Layla

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(February 9, 2017)

MARLA KING

No...we do not feed our animals organic food.

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(February 9, 2017)

Cathy Armato

Wow, I love Kayla's Adoption story. I can't stand when people return a pet like a pair of shoes. They sound pretty heartless, but now Layla lives the Sweet life with you!

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(February 8, 2017)

Amy A

I feed Nala and Cody Organic food sometimes and they seem to like plus I feel good feeding it to them.

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(February 6, 2017)

Lisa F.

I don't feed my dog's organic food, but I would not be opposed to doing it. :)

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(February 6, 2017)

Susan P.

I have fed them organic food but the cost is usually so prohibitive.

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(February 5, 2017)

patricia caradonna

Yes, I feed my dog Josie organic food.

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(February 4, 2017)

Julie Dawson

Yes I do

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(February 4, 2017)

Natalie Hartmann

2 of my dogs eat organic and one is on prescription diet

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(February 4, 2017)

Layla

Happy Saturday everyone from rain San Francisco, thanks for all your comments and we love to see that others are enjoying the Grandma Lucy's food, their treats are amazing also.

We just got back from a visit to the vet, a check up nothing serious phew and I showed the vet the Macanna food that Layla is eating, her reaction was WOW wonderful ingredients and Layla looks good. So I am a happy Mom here.

Layla is now chewing on her bone, and a happy girl, have a great weekend with a woof from both of us

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(February 4, 2017)

David Espinoza

Yes I think organic is the way to go for feeding my pet.

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(February 4, 2017)

Nancy T

I do feed my dog organic food, he actually just started on Grandma Lucy's a few weeks ago. He loves it!

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(February 3, 2017)

Tena Hastings

I feed them natural food not sure about organic but feed them organic treats. :D

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(February 3, 2017)

Cheryl

This food sounds really healthy and Layla looks like she loves it! I've been looking at healthier choices for our Chihuahuas and our Golden.

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(February 3, 2017)

Amy J Rothenbuhler

We have a new rescue who I started on Grandma Lucy's upon bringing her home and she couldn't be happier. Two-and-a-half weeks in and I feel just like you...Lulu has changed our lives!

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(February 3, 2017)

Amy J Rothenbuhler

We have a new rescue who I started on Grandma Lucy's upon bringing her home and she couldn't be happier. Two-and-a-half weeks in and I feel just like you...Lulu has changed our lives!

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(February 3, 2017)

Cheryl Chervitz

I don't always feed organic food to my dogs. I am looking more closely at what is in dog food. Congrats on your gotcha day!

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(February 2, 2017)

Cooper Gaffney

We love the story! Layla is so happy to have such a great loving mom!

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(February 2, 2017)

Kim freeman

What a lovely dog and lovely storyb

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(February 2, 2017)

Nichole

Happy Gotcha week beautiful!

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(February 2, 2017)

Layla

Good Morning All, thank you so much for your kind wishes, yes I am blessed to have her and she is my funny bunny LOL.

Good luck to those that have entered and will be entering

Have a great day
Layla

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(February 2, 2017)

Sadie

Happy five year anniversary! So glad you found each other xx

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(February 1, 2017)

Rebecca at MattieDog

Bless your heart - I agree, "had no time!" Yikes - that's so concerning on so many levels, and to do and say that about an innocent is just heartbreaking.

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(February 1, 2017)

Sweet Purrfections

Happy Gotcha Day! The two of you were meant to be together.

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(February 1, 2017)

Tonya Wilhelm

Gotcha! Congratulations on your 5 years together. Layla, you are such an inspiration. I love coming to your blog and reading about all the great things that you do for the animals. <3

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(February 1, 2017)

Sandy Weinstein

some of the food i give is organic, like the kibble. the raw food is human grade, but not organic, it is deer meat that i get from the guy who hunts on my property. most of the treats are organic, i use organic goats milk, yogurt, etc. i read the ingredients on everything i give my girls. even some of the organic stuff i would not give my girls b/c of the ingredients. so you have to know what is best for your dogs.

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(February 1, 2017)

allison hoffman

I try to feed my dog organic and grain-free food and treats as much as possible

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(February 1, 2017)

Beth

You and Layla are so lucky to have found each other. My dog is turning 10 soon, and she has also become more playful and puppy like recently. The restaurant sounds like a wonderful place! Most establishments around here aren't dog-friendly, we got the stink eye when we took a well trained Pomeranian into the fabric store recently.

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(February 1, 2017)

Hindy Pearson

Beautiful story of how Layla found her way into your heart and home. I know what you mean about having no time. It's rare I hear a legitimate excuse for surrendering what should be a beloved family member, but I love reading about happy endings after rough beginnings.

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(February 1, 2017)

Sonja

Lovely post as always. :)
and really wishing we had places we could dine with our pup!

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(February 1, 2017)

Karen

Love your story! I felt much the same about my Jessie, decided she was the dog for me before I met her, and when I finally did meet her, I knew for sure she would be my bestie for years to come. It's so great when you know you've truly met your new best friend! Happy Gotcha Day!

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(February 2, 2017)

Tenacious Little Terrier

That's the same reason why Mr. N got surrendered. He's much happier now!

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(February 6, 2017)

Linda Szymoniak

I try to feed my furbabies at least some organic food. I have become aware of just what is (and isn't) in most foods, so I do try to stick to natural, grain-free products, although they are not always organic. With three Treeing Walker Coonhounds and three cats (all rescues), we go through a LOT of food, so feeding exclusively organic would be just too expensive for me.

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(February 2, 2017)

Linda Szymoniak

I try to feed my furbabies at least some organic food. I have become aware of just what is (and isn't) in most foods, so I do try to stick to natural, grain-free products, although they are not always organic. With three Treeing Walker Coonhounds and three cats (all rescues), we go through a LOT of food, so feeding exclusively organic would be just too expensive for me.

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(February 3, 2017)

Christine Caplan

First happy Gotcha Day! That's awesome!! The story on how you met is very sweet -- and I LOVE that you take her to a restaurant with you where they allow her to hang with you in the booth and even bring her chicken. I wish there was a place like that here where I could take old Bruisy so now that's on our Bucket List. Awesome giveaway. I hear their food is fabulous!

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(February 3, 2017)

Joely Smith

I have been wanting my Lyla to try this for awhile now! Thanks for the chance! The food sounds VERY healthy for pups!

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(February 4, 2017)

desiree

king like the organic one i get but i having to let princess
keep trying it

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When will the rain stop and don’t forget the give away (January 25, 2017)

Layla



Woof friends,

I am bored, fed up and this rain is driving me crazy. Yes it has not stopped for nearly two weeks and just being stuck indoors sleeping, eating, getting treats, chewing on bones and most of all driving Mom nuts BOL, actually that is the best of the best.

Yes we do go for walks when there is a lull, but I have maybe been to the park like 3 times in all and I miss my friends and shh don’t tell Mom but I actually miss my uncles who give me treats as Mom watches me in the house and is a miser, not giving me enough.

So the Layla neighborhood has not been that exciting lately but I do have a funny story to share with you, it rained treats. How did it rain treats is like this, there was a lull in the rain so Mom decided to take advantage and take me for a long walk, She was in the kitchen cutting the treats into small pieces and then she would slide a pile into the zip lock bag but what she did not realize in the beginning that there was a hole in the bag so all the treats were falling on the floor, it was raining treats and I was having fun, Oy Vey when she found what was happening she started scooping them up and for each one she got, I got one too, I am so smart and quick. Once all that was sorted out and I was so happy we left the house and WOW no lie, we had just turned the corner and were nearly in the park when it started hailing, hmph not fair but I just turned around and said that is it and home we came, the hail bouncing off my jacket as we walked. Mom thought it funny but I was not amused.

This coming weekend they say it’s gonna be sunny so Mom has promised me that we will be in the park and having some fun.

Now before I go off here I need to remind you that our awesome give away is still going and one lucky dog will win a collar of his or her choice, and the company will make one specially for a large dog too. You can see all her wonderful collars on this link.

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This give away is for people over 18+ and USA Only

So have a great week, stay warm, dry and very spoiled, woof with love from Layla

PS. Don’t forget spring is around the corner and that means spring cleaning, and where could be a better place to get rid of your pet items but on our website so that you can make some pocket money for treats plus you help a rescue organization.


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(February 12, 2017)

Beth

I am not currently feeding my dog an organic food, but I think that would be a great thing to do!

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(February 1, 2017)

Amy Shojai, CABC

It's my cat's "gotcha day" yesterday, and my old cat's birthday. Always lovely to celebrate these milestones. LOVE the collar...Magic is big, a GSD.

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(January 28, 2017)

Brittany Koelmel

I love the boho pink collar ❤️

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(January 27, 2017)

LaylaBe

TGIF, good morning all from sunny San Francisco, wow did we say sunny ! Yes the next couple of days are gonna be sunny and then the rain comes back.

So I have promised Layla less computer and more park time this weekend.

Thanks all for your comments, entering and Good Luck

With a woof from Layla

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(January 27, 2017)

John H.

I would like the black or brown.

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(January 26, 2017)

Jennifer H.

I would get a colored one.

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(January 26, 2017)

Sweet Purrfections

We need to figure out how to get it to rain treats here.

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(January 26, 2017)

Beth

I hope the rain goes away and you have some wonderful sunny days!

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(January 26, 2017)

Sonja

Indoors for a day or two is great but yeah ... too much of a good thing? We finally got a break in the freezing rain/snow/pellets here so out we went.... good thing little dude has 4 paw drive! ICE ice baby!

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(February 3, 2017)

deborah lane

Snowing. Again. Have a Chihuahua Taz love of life. Elk hound spooky. And baby is German Sheppard Schatze. Also Max and Willie my cats. Full house here. Really Schatze is only one hard on collars. Pulls when walking

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(January 25, 2017)

Natalie Hartmann

Love the pink wild one!

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(January 25, 2017)

Rebecca at MattieDog

Raining treats!! Poor mom - but great you!!

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(January 25, 2017)

Carleen

Great story. Gotta love it when it is raining treats!

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(January 25, 2017)

Tonya Wilhelm

So sorry about all the rain. It really does put a damper on all the outdoor dog fun. Hopefully, you have some nice dog-friendly indoor stores.

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(January 25, 2017)

Sadie

BOL that is a very funny story. Layla hit the jackpot! Now you'll have to go out rain or shine to work off those treats. Reese doesn't like the rain either.

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(January 25, 2017)

Nichole

If we win, we'd probably choose one of these: football, rescue me, or stars & paws

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(January 25, 2017)

Nichole

We're still working on getting back to regular blogging and into the swing of 2017.... the weather has been up & down over here.

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(January 25, 2017)

kelly

Oh I can't imagine what I would do with rain for 2 weeks! Miss Edie would be on a potty strike for sure. But I know she would love it to rain treats!!

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(January 25, 2017)

Dash Kitten

We have summer here and it is raining all the time too. The cats are bored so we hope to get some sunshine soon * sigh *

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(January 25, 2017)

Talent Hounds

2 weeks straight of rain sounds pretty bad... the weather her in Toronto has also been up and down, raining and flurrying then sun again. Poor Kilo never knows what to expect.

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(January 25, 2017)

Lisa McIntosh

I love all of your collars. So colorful and pretty. Stay dry and happy tails!

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(January 25, 2017)

Lisa McIntosh

I love all of your collars. So colorful and pretty. Stay dry and happy tails!

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(January 25, 2017)

Karen

Raining treats, eh? A dog's dream come true! We've had a lot of rain and grey days here in the KC area too. Saw the sun for a bit Saturday, but not since. :(

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(January 25, 2017)

Tenacious Little Terrier

Mr. N is a PNW dog and pretty good about rain. If he didn't walk when it rained, he would miss out on walks for most of nine months!

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Freedom in January and our new Give Away (January 18, 2017)

Layla



Good Morning All,

We are already in the middle of January, how time flies. January is very symbolic for me and Layla as I call it the month of freedom for us, today, 18th January according to Layla’s surrender papers is the day she was dumped at the Carson Shelter.

I have been pondering the past few days why Layla is afraid of the wind and rains, so last night I sat and went through her surrender/adoption papers again, something I have not done in years, but as lately she is afraid to go out at night and although my vet told me not to worry, I decided to reread and see if there might be something I was missing. So I hauled out her file, and found the culprit, something that I might have missed or forgotten, there it was in black and white, her family before me left her to sleep outside, I was so mad at them again that they could do that to such a sweet little girl and today more than anything am happy they surrendered her so she can have the good life she deserves. There was also a photograph of her on her intake, she was skinny, even thinner than when I got her. I won’t even tell you the name they called her as it is pathetic is all I can say. Layla was one of the lucky ones to get out of that shelter. From pound to princess.

So while we are on the subject of rescue and as you all know one of my new year resolutions is to give back and help small businesses showcase their products on my blog with giveaways today we are starting a giveaway for a wonderful business called Diva Dog.

Kathy Haase, started the brand in 1996 in her spare time from working at an advertising agency. Her inspiration was her rescue pug Max. Like almost everyone that starts a business, she saw a need and decided to try and fill it! Her first designs were in leather. She worked with local artisans, using the scraps from boots and belts. Soon she turned to designing textiles for her adjustable collars. Today, Diva-Dog has over 100 individual collar and leash collections. Each design is inspired by her life in Southern California. And her dogs!

You can click on the link below to see her website and designs.

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Layla is modelling a collar that was given to us from their Spring Collection. It is chocolate velvet with a mauve flower. They are all made of soft and comfortable nylon overlaid with durable polyester ribbon, which is quintuple stitched at stress points for added strength. All-metal buckles: Their whisper-weight aluminum buckles weigh less than an ounce!



So we will be giving away a collar of your choice for your pampered pooch, if you win and your dog is larger than the sizes on the website they will make one up for you in the size that you require.





All you have to do is go to the below app and fill it in. This giveaway is for people over the age of 18+ and U.S.A. residents only. So let the fun begin.

And now as it is past my morning nap time, am off to my box to sleep, have a wonderful week, stay warm and dry,

With a woof from Layla
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(January 25, 2017)

The Daily Pip

Awe, that is so sad to think of her sleeping outside. No wonder she is afraid of rain and storms. So happy she is safe with you.

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(January 24, 2017)

Sally Parker

I would pick the one featured on FB for this contest for my Taz :)

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(January 24, 2017)

MARLA KING

I like the Zinja Beaded Collar

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(January 24, 2017)

Shelly

I like the one on the post....

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(January 23, 2017)

Shelley P

I'd pick the Mistletoe Pine Green Dog Collar and FREE Jingle Bell Charm!

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(January 22, 2017)

Beth Patterson

There are so many great options! I would choose a nylon collar. I love the boho peacock collar as well as the Savannah Squares.

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(January 22, 2017)

Layla

Good Evening all my friends,

Thank you all for your comments and agreeing with Mom what a jerk that other family was, yes I am one lucky girl today with pretty things, lots of food and treats, comfy beds and a loving Mom, what else could a girl ask for.

I also love the collars on the website and wish Mom would buy them all for me but am lucky to have received the gift of the pretty rose one, so girly and am going to keep it for special occassions and not the dog park BOL.

So for all those that have entered or going to enter, good luck as you will then have a new collar for Easter :)

Woof with love from Layla

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(January 22, 2017)

Cathy Armato

That is so sad, poor little Layla. I'm so happy for her that she has a wonderful Mama and a super comfy box to sleep in now! You two were so blessed to have found each other. Pretty collar you're giving away.
Love & Biscuits,
Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

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(January 21, 2017)

Wendy R.

I like the H'OWL PINK AND PUMPKIN DOG COLLAR. There are also several others, but they don't come big enough for my great dane.

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(January 21, 2017)

Cheryl Chervitz

I'd like to have the BILLY BONES DOG COLLAR. My Boston would look great in it!

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(January 21, 2017)

Melody

I think sunset red but it's hard to choose :)

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(January 21, 2017)

Linda Szymoniak

So many great collars! I have three rescued Treeing Walker Coonhounds and each has their own "signature" color. My girl, Kyoko, is the most "stylish" so I'd pick the collar for her if I win. She currently has a pink breast cancer awareness collar that has seen better days, so if I win I'd pick the Cancer Awareness Pink Dog Collar (I think she'd need the M/L size but need to measure her neck to finalize the size).

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(January 20, 2017)

Tenacious Little Terrier

I do like velvet. I bet Layla loves her new collar.

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(January 20, 2017)

Cheryl

I love the Red white and blue collar!
Happy Gotcha Month Layla!
I am so happy your Momma rescued you!

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(January 19, 2017)

rachel monn

love the rose bud collar! it would look perfect on my little girl!

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(January 19, 2017)

Sonja

pretty collar! velvet is unusual. :) My little one has too fragile a trachea for collars sadly ...

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(January 18, 2017)

Sweet Purrfections

I'm so glad Layla and you found each other.

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(January 18, 2017)

Kama

Happy Freedom Month! And what a gorgeous collar. You already do a lot for the pet community, so it is impressive that you have even more goals to help for 2017.

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(January 18, 2017)

Tonya Wilhelm

That is an amazing collar! She is very creative. Thanks for another great giveaway and story.

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(January 18, 2017)

Rebecca at MattieDog

Layla is so very fortunate to have been surrendered into your loving home and heart and together you make a beautiful family! Speaking of beautiful - love the collar!!

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(January 18, 2017)

Beth

I'm glad that Layla is an inside dog now! Poor little thing should have never had to sleep outside. It is hard to choose a collar, but I particularly like the rainbow collar, the Savannah Squares (turquoise) and the Maui.

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(January 18, 2017)

Bryn Nowell

Layla is lucky to have you. I'm sad to hear her life was so grim before she joined your family. Interesting that you learned in her history that she had been kept outdoors. I will never understand why people do that.

Love the collars! If we win, we'd get the Rockstar for Yoda!

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(January 18, 2017)

Sandy Weinstein

there are several that i like, i like the MISTLETOE HOLLY RED DOG COLLAR AND FREE JINGLE BELL CHARM, WAVES CARNIVALE DOG COLLAR, and the leatherDouble D Collar in red. i am leaning toward the Waves collar because it is so unique ( i put the comment in the wrong place)

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(January 18, 2017)

Dash Kitten

Poor Layla, I can understand why she doesn't like wind and rain. She would not like it here in NZ today :-)weather warnings all over and serious rain (and Silver needs to go for his vet check up ugh!)

Our Little 'Un (RIP) was a stray, she was scared of plastic carrier bags all her life. Totally terrified and would run and hide. As she was a street can who wandered in and never left we don't know her history but we always had to be so very careful with bags.

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(January 18, 2017)

Luna C. Lupus

Oh poor Layla, thank goodness she found such a loving home with you! I don't doubt that with your help she'll overcome these fears, eventually <3

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(January 18, 2017)

Flea Christenson

Poor little Layla! Someone needs to put her first family out in the yard to sleep. She's not a farm dog or guardian dog. :(

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(January 18, 2017)

Joely Smith

Ugggg this makes me so mad to hear that they left her outside and called her a bad name! If they saw her now (and I hope that they do) they may just realize what chumps THEY were! This is why I love animals more than humans. Okay sorry for the rant. I am so happy that Layla has a WONDERFUL home now, and that you have her!

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(January 18, 2017)

Joely Smith

If I won I would give the win to my daughter for her Doxie so I would let her pick a style. So many gorgeous styles to select from too!

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(January 18, 2017)

Sandy Weinstein

there are several that i like, i like the MISTLETOE HOLLY RED DOG COLLAR AND FREE JINGLE BELL CHARM, WAVES CARNIVALE DOG COLLAR, and the leatherDouble D Collar in red. i am leaning toward the Waves collar because it is so unique.

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(January 18, 2017)

Val Silver

I'm so glad Layla is enjoying life as an inside dog. I sometimes wonder if Ted was "thrown out" of a car by the people who had him before us (he was found as a stray in dismal condition) - he gets so nervous and sick in the car if we are not holding him.

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(January 19, 2017)

Tenacious Little Terrier

Mr. N was also super skinny when he was surrendered. They kept him in a crate all the time though.

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(January 19, 2017)

Karen

I hate the fact that so many cats and dogs have to go through terrible things to get to a better place. As a good pet guardian, you did the work to figure out what was going on with Layla's behavior. Many people would just chalk it up to her "quirky" behavior. There's always a reason if you take the time to find it!

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(January 19, 2017)

Sadie

That is a gorgeous collar! Love the velvet and the flower adds an elegant touch. You wear it well Princess Layla.

Wednesday Ramble plus our Giveaway (January 11, 2017)

Layla



Good Morning All,

What a week of nonstop rain, Sunday being the worse so we have not really been on long walks like we normally do. Layla has been a trooper and walking but not happy. The one thing with our walks that has kept me amused is her peeing on every Christmas tree that is on the sidewalk so we are now calling it the Christmas Tree Pee walk BOL.

With the New Year here, things happening all around us, and not going to go into politics I have been doing a lot of thinking of how we can change our lives, our environment and so much more and have been questioning myself about my blog, other blogs and in a funny way looking for answers.

I love reading others blogs, learning from them, not always agreeing on all but then as I always say each to his/her own and only we know in the end what is best for us and our pets and of course will follow our gut feelings. I respect everything that is written as I think it is great that we share and care about pets.

One of the questions that does go through my mind each time I read blogs, newsletters and websites is why people buy from breeders, rave about it, but then preach about how important it is to rescue animals. For me this is such a contradiction as I personally will only rescue, and also know that there are so many pure bred rescue organizations out there trying to find homes for all these pets. Does anyone else question this, would love some input.

This was one of the reasons I set up Auction4Petsupplies is to help rescue organizations save more animals and focus on that and not where the next monies would come in.

It is also why I speak about it all the time as the more people that know about the site, the more we can support and I will keep on asking as there are so many shelters over flowing and desperate for help.

So that is my ramble for the week, looking for answers and hopefully over the next months I will find them.

Now back to our great give away, I can say WOW am I loving this product, and I don’t get excited very quickly over things but throughout the storms, the strong winds and rain this product has kept Layla so calm I cannot believe it, she has slept through it all during the nights and even during the day been calm and totally relaxed. She is so cute how she sleeps with the sheep under her head like a pillow but then I am biased and think she is cute BOL.

Here is what the giveaway is thanks to Bedtime Bones, their link below :

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The first product is: Sleepy Sheep Cuddle Toy is a hand-crafted, sheep toy for your dog made of ecologically-friendly materials right here in the USA. There is no squeaker here! It is soft eco-fi-felt handcrafted by local sewers who are dog lovers just like you.

The second product which I love is the EAU DE BEDTIME CALMING MIST which is an all-natural calming mist made from a proprietary blend of chamomile, lavender and citrus. Just spray a little on doggy's bedtime linens for a calming effect. It comes in pet-safe, BPA free plastic bottles made in the USA.

Our prayers go out to all those homeless people and animals that are suffering in these extreme cold conditions and hopefully they will all be blessed with warm homes this year,

Have a great week with a woof from sleepy calm Layla

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