October – Adopt a Shelter Dog Month

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Since October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, many of you would love to help all those adorable fur kids at your local shelters but you’re not sure what to do to help. If you’re one of the people finding yourself saying, “I can’t go to the shelter—it makes me too sad,” don’t despair—there are still ways to help! Let’s take a look:

Go anyway.  Ok, I know this suggestion is a bit of a cop out on my part, but I’m going to pitch it, anyway. It’s been my experience that getting more involved makes you feel better, not worse. Shelter staff do their best to giving plenty of love and attention to the furkids in their care, but sometimes there aren’t enough hours in the day to go the extra mile for them. That’s where you come in: while the staff is busy keeping those scruffy faces clean and healthy, you can contribute to the dogs’ physical and mental well-being by playing fetch or chase, walking them, brushing them, or walking them. Remember, a walk isn’t just about the physical exercise. It’s about getting stimulation and a change of scenery to stave off boredom, getting fresh air into those precious lungs, having some time away from the noise and hubbub, and checking “pee mail”. Most dogs LOVE to check out who’s been out and about before them–those noses aren’t just for decoration!  Focus on the good you’re doing instead of the sadness you feel.  Soon you will start to feel like you’re making a difference; taking action nearly always results in feeling less helpless about a situation.

Help get the word out.  If you’re just not up for the hands-on part, no worries, there’s still plenty of work left!  Social media can be a great way to spread the word about all those furry butts waiting for forever homes.  Pick a different dog each week—maybe even each day—to feature as your profile picture on Facebook.  Start a Twitter feed that features details about different shelter dogs each day or several times a day.  Follow shelter and rescue pages and share their posts.

Donate your talents.  Are you knitter?  Need to practice your photography skills?  Are you really good at fixing stuff?  Are you a super bargain shopper?  Any of these pastimes might be a perfect fit for making, finding, or fixing items for your local shelter or rescue.   Most shelters and rescues hold online and/or silent auctions that need donated items and also maintain some type of Wish List on their websites and Facebook pages.

Donate funds.  The bottom line is that sometimes animal rescuers have to pick and choose what they can do for our furry friends because they have limited funds.  Even $5 or $10 a month adds up over time.  Believe me, those folks appreciate every penny that drops in their bank, and they do their best to put it to good use.

Submitted by Karen Garety

 

Victor & Silly Dog

Photo by Little White Dog Photography

Photo by Little White Dog Photography

Silly Dog is a 6 year old mixed breed baby to Victor. Her name changed from Lilly, to Silly Dog when she was a puppy, going potty on a thistle, and turning to bark at it, then barking at it and jumping toward it repeatedly when it pricked her nose!

Victor says he focuses on the good, life is too short to worry about what’s not good, and loves everything about Silly Dog. Her favorite trick is to “play dead” with the “bang! bang!” command. She loves napping and getting her belly scratched.

Victor says he and Silly Dog can’t wait for their AniMeals volunteers to come and visit, bringing food, treats, and toys, with so much love in their hearts.  He states, “They took her to the vet and groomer, for her special needs. For me! They’ll always be in my heart and thoughts. I don’t worry if I can meet all her special needs. You’re the greatest!”  He loves the pictures taken by Little White Dog Photography and is grateful for the program.

Submitted by Sheila Norman of AniMeals on Wheels

Photos by Little White Dog Pet Photography

Gracie and Melvin

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Melvin is 80 years old and a survivor of multiple health issues, which have contributed to his home-bound status.

However, he doesn’t let that keep him down. Melvin is active in his apartment complex and with his long time friends, one of whom happens to be his neighbor, and homebound also. He enjoys taking care of his neighbor’s cats as well as his own.

Melvin says his cat Gracie is a “very wonderful companion” and has had her for 11 years. He loves having her as she provides “love, special support, and is a good friend.” Melvin takes very good care of her and likes to set up comfy places with blankets for her to “have somewhere nice to lay her head” in the sun.

He gets a good laugh tickling her and getting her to stick her tongue out at him. Melvin says it makes her look naughty but he thinks its funny :) Food delivery from AniMeals on Wheels helps him very much.

Submitted by Sheila Norman of AniMeals on Wheels

Sneak Peek – A Dog’s Purpose

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Walden Media, producer of such hit films as “The Chronicles of Narnia” series, “Bridge to Terabithia,” “Charlotte’s Web,” and the “Journey to the Center of the Earth” series, will co-finance and co-produce DreamWorks Studios’ upcoming film “A Dog’s Purpose.”  Based on the best-selling novel, “A Dog’s Purpose” is an inspirational story of one devoted dog finding his purpose in the lives of the humans he loves.

“This heartwarming and humorous tale is a great addition to our quality storytelling brand,” said Michael Wright, CEO of DreamWorks Studios.  “Together with our partners at Walden, we believe that with Lasse Hallstrom directing, ‘A Dog’s Purpose’ will find its way into the hearts of families everywhere.”

“We are proud to once again partner with the great team at DreamWorks on ‘A Dog’s Purpose,’ a heartfelt and uplifting story that is in great hands with Lasse Hallstrom directing,” said Frank Smith, President and CEO of Walden Media. “This film is a perfect addition as we continue to build and diversify our slate and bring audiences movies that inspire and entertain.”

“Walden Media is the perfect partner for this very special story, and we couldn’t be more pleased to have them on board,” said Jeff Small, President and COO of DreamWorks Studios.

Published by Forge Books, “A Dog’s Purpose” spent 52 weeks on the New York Times Best Sellers list.  It has been translated into 20 languages and is published in 29 different countries worldwide.

“A Dog’s Purpose” joins Walden Media’s growing slate, which includes a diverse range of films that every member of a family can enjoy. Other upcoming projects include Universal Pictures’ dramatic adventure/thriller “Everest” starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Josh Brolin, Jason Clarke, Keira Knightley, John Hawkes, Sam Worthington, Emily Watson and Robin Wright (September 18, 2015) and “The BFG” directed by Steven Spielberg and based on Roald Dahl’s beloved novel (July 1, 2016).

Dennis Quaid (“Far From Heaven,” “The Rookie”), Britt Robertson (“Tomorrowland,” “Delivery Man”), K.J. Apa (“Shortland Street”), Juliet Rylance (“The Knick,” “Frances Ha”) and Peggy Lipton (“Mod Squad,” “Twin Peaks”) join the film, which is being directed by Academy Award nominated director Lasse Hallstrom (“The Hundred-Foot Journey,” “Chocolat”).  Based on the beloved book by W. Bruce Cameron, the screenplay was written by Cameron & Cathryn Michon and Audrey Wells.  Gavin Polone is producing with Alan Blomquist and Mark Sourian serving as executive producers.  Production on the canine tale begins this month in Winnipeg, Canada, where its variety of locations afford the filmmakers the opportunity to tell this multi-generational story.

Look for the movie in theaters next year.