Thursday, December 4, 2008

The Animal Rescue Site Shelter Challenge

The Animal Rescue Site $100,000 Shelter+ Challenge - brought to you by Petfinder
The Animal Rescue Site is awarding $100,000 in grants to eligible Petfinder member rescue organizations. The grand prize is a $25,000 grant. Just imagine how many animals we could help for $25,000!
The rescue organizations with the most votes will win. You can click to help animals at, and then vote for your favorite participating shelter. Clicking and voting are free, with no registration required. You can vote once every day during the Challenge, which starts on September 29th.
Visit to learn more. It's free, and only takes a moment of your time. Thank you!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving

The Turkey is in the oven the Cranberry Casserole is made, I sit here and have a moment to reflect before the family all arrives. As I sit here and think about the past year I remember why I became a dog trainer. I love the dogs and I love their presence in our lives. For me they fill a space and need that nothing else can. I would like to think this is the same for every dog owner out there.

Some dogs have had a rougher start than others, some are genetically challenged, some are so agreeable and calm, while others are active and love the daily hikes and romps with the kids or their grownup friends. There are so many different dogs to choose from and even within a certain breed they can differ so much. Just like human personalities you need to find the dog with the temperament that is compatible. Maybe you are very active and want the dog to take with you on adventures, some of us want the underdog or the dog who may find it hard to find a home because of behavioral issues and we are willing to be patient and work with them to give them the best life possible, maybe you would like a companion to snuggle, even the care givers can find a dog to nurture with physical disabilities or is it the dog you want for your kids. Whatever the reason for choosing a dog choose carefully dig deep and be sure you are clear on what you want and don't fall for that cute face or extra sweet disposition if the dog is not truly what your looking for.

So as I sit here to reflect, I think of how thankful I am for wonderful people like all of you who have and care for your dogs each and every day. you love them as they love you and you are thankful to have them share your life. I am thankful for the opportunity to share my expertise with you to help improve your dogs and teach them how to have manners and be part of our lives. I am thankful for all of you who have rescued dogs and given them a second chance at a wonderful life. I am thankful for those of you who have tried to help a canine friend in any way, even if through training you were unable to make the match work.

In closing I would just like to thank all of you over the years who have been touched by the love of a dog and freely given that love back to them. Thank you to all who have taken on the challenge of training your dog to be the best it can be. Training and loving your dog is a lifetime commitment and I am thankful for you who have chosen to take this on, by giving of yourself you are able to feel the love your dog has to give back!

So today on this special day of giving thanks don't forget to hug your dog, try to find some humor if he steals the turkey (it's really your fault you weren't watching) Don't get upset when he throws up because he has such a cute look on his face that hypnotize people into droping food on the floor for him to gladly clean up, Make sure you find time to excercise him so he won't rip Aunt Sally's new skirt, Watch the kids don't get to rough with the dog and when you hear the kids all screaming your dogs name it is time for the dog to come in and take a short nap.

Keep training and keep the love flowing. Keep a smile on your face and praise your dog often. Good Dogs make your life happier and healthier!!

Happy Thanksgiving,

Suzanne, Hershey and Spike

Happy thanksgiving

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Featured Toy of the month

Spike with his new Kong Wubba toy

This month I am very proud to say I will be spotlighting a wonderful toy from THE KONG COMPANY. It was my pleasure to talk to Mark Hines from the Kong Company and discuss my plans for featuring toys from The Kong Company. As we spoke it came to my attention that I would be spotlighting The Kong Company and it's products for many months because of the many useful toys they offer. Most of you are familiar with the KONG, so I am going to begin by spotlighting a different toy. Read and enjoy!!

Kong Wubba (catchy name)

This wonderful toy has quickly become one of Spike's favorites! As you can see by the above picture he has a great time with it.

The Wubba is a Kong shaped toy that is covered with durable fabric. The Wubba is NOT a Kong covered with Fabric, but rather a softer squeezable toy with a squeaker for lots of interactive fun. I love to use this toy when Spike and I go out for a game of fetch, I also use it for training purposes and when I take Spike into new environments (especially the vet).

The amazing properties of this toy make it very versatile. It squeaks so I can use the sound to get and keep attention. The Wubba has a nice long tail that I use to get the prey instinct going and get Spike even more interested in the toy. Once the instincts are going we can either have a game of tug or I can throw the Wubba for a wonderful game of fetch. The unique shape of the Wubba gives it an unpredictable bounce making it a challenging fetch toy for any dog.

Can you use it for training? Absolutely!! Pull out the Wubba instead of food treats when you are ready to teach your dog something new or reinforce already learned commands. Take it on walks with you for distraction, if your dog reacts to other dogs or you find keeping his attention difficult when out in the big world. As a distraction approaches begin by squeaking, then wave it in front of your dog, next tell him to sit then toss it to him and play a little tug. in the 10 seconds it took you to do this you now have your dog's undivided attention and the distraction passes.

The Wubba comes in various sizes ranging from puppy to extra large. Be sure to get the size best suited for your dog. This is not a chew toy and you should not leave it around for your dog to chew. If you use it as a play/training tool and put it away after each use your dog will be that much more excited when you pull it out the next time.

Go pick up a Kong Wubba today and enjoy some wonderful play times with your dog!!

For more toys visit the Kong Company web site at

Spike showing off his Kong Wubba

Monday, November 10, 2008

Mini Schnauzer up for adoption

Heidi, a 6-year old Miniature Schnauzer, was rescued from a North Carolina puppy mill 3 months ago. She has been living with her foster mom, 3 foster canine brothers, and 1 foster feline brother and gets along with everyone. Heidi is a love sponge. She is doing extremely well with her housetraining (no accidents in over a month) and is learning to walk on a leash. She loves her toys and loves to run in the backyard with her foster brothers. Heidi will do best in a home without young children (though she likes visits from them) and will make a wonderful companion.

Medical: Heidi was spayed soon after her rescue from the mill. At that time, she tested positive for heartworms. Heidi has completed heartworm treatments and was given a clean bill of health from the vet. If you are interested in adopting Heidi, go to to submit an application.

Basic Class for this week

Our basic obedience class held on Thurs from 7:30 to 8:30, will be held on Wed Nov 12 at 7:30 for this week only. If there is any conflict please let me know otherwise I will see you Wed night.

Feral Cats need your help


We have a population of stray cats in our area. The cats are being provided for as far as food. The problem is that cats multiply very quickly- there has already been another litter this month. In fact, the population probably started out at 2 or 3 cats and has multiplied to many more. If we continue to let the population grow, Animal Control will get involved- trapping and killing them.

What Can We Do?
Luckily, there is a solution. Trap/neuter/release (TNR) is the only method proven to be humane and effective at controlling feral cat population growth. With TNR, all the feral cats in a colony are trapped, neutered/spayed, given vaccines and health checks and then returned to their territory where caretakers provide them with food and shelter. Young kittens that can still be socialized, as well as friendly adults, are adopted out to good homes.

Why TNR?
The returned colony guards its territory, preventing unneutered cats from moving in and beginning the cycle of overpopulation and problem behavior again.
Another significant advantage to TNR is that, when practiced on a large scale, it lessens the number of kittens and cats flowing into local shelters. This results in lower euthanasia rates and the increased adoption of cats already in the shelters.

We Need You!
In Raleigh, NC we have organizations that are lucky enough to help out populations such as ours. Normally, a spay/neuter costs around $250. That does not include shots or health checks. Operation Catnip has been contacted and we have been accepted for their services! For $25 a cat, we can solve this problem. We are asking for your donations to help our cat population- every dollar helps! As winter approaches, non-monetary donations (food, old dog houses which can be used as shelters, traps, etc) are very helpful as well!
To Donate:
Please provide cash or checks payable to ‘Operation Catnip’. The money must be sent as a group, so they know which colony it is for and that we have been approved. Please bring or send all donations to: 2009 Trexler Ct. Raleigh, NC 27606

Questions? Please e-mail or

Thank You!
For more information:

Friday, October 31, 2008


If anyone is dressing up their dogs for Halloween, I would love a picture. I will post them in the slide show. It will be great fun!!

Bacis calss

Class was a little chilly last night, but everyone persevered. The dogs didn't seem to mind at all. We have hit mid way point and all the dogs and their owners are doing great!! I definitely see improvement in how the dogs are responding to their owners and how owners are working with their dogs.

Keep up the good work. I am looking forward to next week and continuing to be impressed and proud.

Happy Halloween to everyone, Stay safe!!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Mutt Strut

Mutt Strutt Dog Walk

Join the 9th Annual Mutt Strutt Dog Walk!

November 1, 200810 a.m. – 1 p.m.Wake County Historic Oak View Park[directions]

Fun for you and your dog
Exhibits & Vendors
Rabies and Microchip clinics
Meet dogs available for adoption
Bring your family and your four-legged canine friends to the 9th annual Mutt Strutt Dog Walk! Admission is free. Enjoy the agility, flyball and musical freestyle demonstrations while casually strolling the one-mile dog walking path. In addition to meeting the dozens of exhibitors and vendors who will be showing their wares, participants will also have an opportunity to enter raffle drawings for hundreds of dollars in gift certificates and items from local restaurants and businesses. You can also meet dogs that are available for adoption from local rescue groups and the County's Adoption Center. Rabies vaccinations ($5) and microchips ($10) will be offered, as well.

T-shirts will be available for purchase at the event for $5 each. All proceeds benefit the Wake County Animal Care, Control and Adoption Center's Foster Program.

Trophies will be awarded to the winning dog of each category.
Best Kisser
Best Costume
Best Trick
Best Look Alike
Cutest Mutt

Enter to win raffle items by purchasing $1 tickets, or 6 tickets for $5. Raffle items include gift certificates from area vendors, gift baskets, pet merchandise and service packages. Following is a sample of some of the raffle prizes on hand, with more coming in daily.
Courtesy of:
1 free dog training class of your choice
Teamworks Dog Training
$244 gift card
2-night Pampered Pet Package
Best Friends Pet Care
Gift certificate
Lilly's Pizza
Dinner for two
The Piper's Tavern

Bringing Your Dog?
Your dog must wear a current rabies tag or receive its rabies vaccination on site.
Keep your dog on a 6-foot or shorter leash.

Clean up after your dog. Plastic bags will be provided.

Water will be available.

Fundraising Proceeds
The Mutt Strutt Dog Walk is the Wake County Animal Care, Control & Adoption Center's annual fundraiser. This year, all proceeds will benefit the Center's Animal Foster Program. The program provides temporary homes for dogs and cats that are too young or sick to be adopted. Funds will support the provision of medical care, supplies and food for the foster animals.
For more information call 919-212-PETS (7387).
Event Sponsors
This event is brought to you courtesy of our generous sponsors: CDM, Waste Industries, and VCA Animal Hospitals
Additional in-kind support is provided by: WRDU – The Rooster 106.1, WLFL-TV CW22, Kerr Drug and Stage Left Audio Productions.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Bring Ratchet Home

I read this in the news today and it touched my heart. I wanted to get the word out.

Sargent Gwen Beberg saved this puppy from a burning trash pile. The pup has given his unconditional love and support . All Sgt. Beberg is asking if for Ratchet to come home with her and the military will not allow it. If Ratchet stays in Iraq he is sure to die. Please help and sign the petition!

for the full story go to

Follow this link to follow the petition!

Monday, September 29, 2008

Obedience class

An Obedience class will begin Thurs Oct 2 from 7:30 - 8:30. The classes will be held at Brier Creek Pet Hotel ( please see web site for directions. the address is 2616 Triole Oak Dr, Morrisville, NC 27560.

All pups 5 months and older are welcome to join. The cost of the class is $90.00 for 6 weeks.

Space is limited so please let me know if you are interested.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Boxer/Hound mkix up or adption

I am posting this to alert everyone of a wonderful 5 month old puppy up for adoption. She is a female Boxer/Hound mix. She has a wonderful temperament and is sweet as pie. She does great around other dogs and kids.

She would need a home where she gets lots of exercise and has a owner who will commit to training her. She wants to please and learns quickly. She is of course still a puppy and is still working on her house breaking. She loves toys and loves to play.

Please contact me if you are interested so we can set up a meeting. Thank You!!

Friday, September 5, 2008

Class Sat 9/6

The Fun and Focus class scheduled for Sat Sept 6 is cancelled due to the bad weather.

I apologize for the inconvenience. I will see you next Sat Sept 13th at 10am

Keep training!!

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Brier Creek Pet Hotel Class

Today was the first of our fun and focus classes Brier Creek Pet Hotel. It was wonderful. The training yard has enough shade that we were able to train comfortably. The yard is fenced in and has a direct access from the street where we park. The class is held from 9:30-10:30. If you are interested in joining us let me know. The class has a variety of activities and I try to make it lots of fun and at the same time reinforcing all their obedience commands. We have a wonderful group and we have lots of fun. I hope all who joined me today enjoyed the new area and the class.

A special Thanks goes out to Lisa Sarvas (owner) and Brier Creek Pet Hotel for this wonderful arrangement.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Hot Days

Wow, is it ever hot out there. Be sure to walk your dogs in the early morning or night time. It seems to be cooling down a bit around 8:00pm and the sun is down that helps a lot. Be sure to bring water along for your furry friends.

I was at he Dog Days event at Bond Park today and it is very hot. They do however have baby pools and water stations set up everywhere for the dogs. I am glad they do, I wouldn't be surprised if we saw some humans joining their furry friends in the pools.

Stay cool and keep your doggies cool as well!!

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Fun Facts

Here are a couple fun facts for today.
Puppies learn best through Play.
Play helps increase their neurological development and improves social skills.
It also helps them develop impulse control

If you only train your dog when he is calm he won't know how to obey you when he is excited!

Makes sense doesn't it.

Outdoor Safety Tips for your Dog

The weather is slowly getting nicer and we are getting outside more and more with our faithful companions. Here are some important reminders when you venture outdoors with your dogs.

  • Be careful on walks and also close to home and in your own yards. There are many hazards that we are not aware of.
  • Do not let your dog eat grass that has been treated with pesticides. (if you are unsure keep your dog away)
  • Watch for mushrooms popping up in the yard. when we get a lot of rain mushrooms just appear. Some varieties can cause liver failure. So keep an eye out for them and get rid of them in your yard and keep your dog away from them on walks.
  • There are also some common plants that are poisonous to your dog. Some lilies and rhubarb leaves can lead to kidney failure. Rhododendron and Azaleas can affect the heart as well as other plants like oleander, foxglove and Yew. Be careful and read cautions or look up plants before planting in your yard.
  • Do not leave your dog unattended in the yard or house with a training or choke collar on. The rings can easily get caught on something and cause choking.
  • Do NOT leave your dog outside in the sun and heat for long periods of time this can cause heat stroke. Be sure when your dog is outside you have clean fresh water available for him/her.

Signs of Heat Stroke in Dogs

Body temperature of 104-110 degrees Fahrenheit
Heavy panting, rapid heartbeat and glazed eyes
Dark or bright red tongue and gums
Excessive thirst and/or profuse salivation
Fever, Lethargy,dizziness or lack of coordination
Staggering, Stupor and or seizures
Bloody diarrhea or vomiting

Dogs especially susceptible to heat
Elderly, very young or ill dogs
dogs with snub noses
overweight dogs
large/heavy coated dog breeds
dogs with heart or respiratory problems

If your dog shows symptoms of heatstroke, move the animal into the shade or air conditioned area. Apply ice packs or cold towels to your pets head, neck or chest or immerse in cool (not cold) water. Let your pet drink small amounts of water or lick ice cubes.

Do not leave your dog unattended in a car on Hot days on an 85 degree day the interior temp of your car can sky rocket to 120-130 degrees in just a few minutes.

Exercise your dog in the morning or evening when temperatures are cooler

Hose your dog down before a walk in very hot weather or walks that do not have shade

Take water along on walks for you and your dog.

Use sun screen. Yes your dog can get sunburn!

Have a kiddie pool available with clean water for supervised play.

Use Flea and tick preventative

Have a great time outdoors with your pet, be safe and have fun!!

Flea and Tick Prevention

The flea and tick season is upon us in full force. The ticks and fleas are emerging everywhere. The big question is what do I use on my dog?

Belive me there is no easy answer, I have done quite a bit of investigating in search of the perfect preventative. There is a lot of information out there on each and every product.

I do not endorse any one product. I am not a vet , but I am a dog owner with 2 dogs in my care who I want to make sure are cared for in the safest way possible. This article is to provide information that I have found in my search and to help you in your search for the best product for your dog. You cannot pick the best product by one article, so I encourage you to do some research on your own as well. Talk to your Vet or see what your friends are are using and ask them if they are satisfied with it.

When choosing a flea and tick preventative you have to take your dog into consideration. How old is your dog, is your dog allergic to flea bites, does he have sensitive skin, is he sick, is she pregnant, does she lick herself a lot, do you have children, do yu have cats, etc... The list goes on and on but I think you get the idea.

There are many different kinds of flea and tick preventatives. They range from flea collars to shampoos, dips, powders and topical. each with its own benefits and draw backs.

Read the packages or product information on the Internet thoroughly. Be sure to read warnings, reactions and research the active ingredients. Make sure you have the correct dosage for your dog (if you need to, take them to the vet to be weighed). Read the package for special application instructions, they are not all the same, some you apply in one long strip, others in 2 places and still others only between the shoulder blades. Make sure you also read the cautions for children and adults and cats!

I am going to give you a summary of some of the top brands of topical. Some of these companies also make collars, shampoos and sprays, so if you prefer these methods to topical be sure to take a look.

Frontline Plus for dogs.
This is one of the most popular and well known preventative.
Frontline Plus completely breaks down the flea life cycle by effectively stopping the development of new fleas.
Frontline plus also kills all stages of four major ticks including the ones that transmit lymne disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.
Always read and follow the directions carefully before applying product to your dog
Frontline Plus remains effective even after bathing, water immersion, or exposure to sunlight.
Apply ever 3 months for flea control, and every month for tick control
Active ingredient: Fipronil 9.8%

Advantage Flea Control:
Advantage is proven to stop fleas from biting in 3 to 5 minutes after application and it kills 98-100% of fleas within 12 hours of application.
One treatment lasts up to 1 month.
Advantage is water resistant, so it continues to kill fleas even after a shampooing, swimming or exposure to rain or sunlight .
Advantage is gentle, so it can be used on seven week old puppies.
Only effective on Fleas Does nothing for ticks
Always read and follow the directions carefully before applying product to your dog
Active ingredients: Imidacloprid

K9 Advantix: K9 Advantix is a once-a-month topical tick, mosquito and flea treatment for dogs and puppies 7 weeks old and older
K9 Advantix is a unique combination of 2 proven ingredients.
Prevents mosquitoes from biting.
Repels and kills deer ticks, American dog ticks, lone star ticks, and brown dog ticks before they can attach
Stops fleas from biting and kills them before they lay eggs.
remains effective after swimming and bathing.
DO NOT USE ON CATS and keep cats away from dogs after application until product is absorbed.
Always read and follow the directions carefully before applying product to your dog
Active ingredients: imidacloprid and permethrin

Prices range for these products and come in different sizes and doses, so be sure to read the package carefully and get the right one for your dog.

When deciding on a product you can find very low priced items. Be sure to check the active ingredient. Some are made with insecticides that may not be as safe for your dog. Do your homework!

Good luck and have a tick and flea free summer.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Katie Fitzgerald Benefit Raffle

Please respond by April 24!!

I am selling Raffle tickets to help Katie Fitzgerald and her family as a result of her intense battle with Leukemia and recent Bone Marrow transplant.

Katie is now 16 years old and has been battling leukemia since she was 8. This child has endured more than most of us do in a lifetime. She has gone through2 relapses and most recently a Bone marrow transplant at Duke University Hospital. She is one strong girl in mind and body to put up such a great fight for her life. Daily Katie struggles with pain and heart ache and looks deeper within herself to find the courage and energy to recover and get back to the things that mean the most to her, family, friends and her horse!

The financial toll this has taken on her family is very great as you can imagine. So the barn where she boards her horse Irish Oaks Farms and local artists have graciously donated a beautiful framed original drawing of running horses. I believe the drawing is black and white.

The tickets are $5 each or $20 for 5 tickets All of the money will go directly to the Fitzgerald family.

Thank you for your generous support

Please contact me if you would like to purchase Raffel tickets for this very worth while cause.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Walgreens event

Walgreen's will be having a community celebration Sat, April 19, from 11 am - 2 pm. They will be having a pet photo shoot, so bring over your furry friend and lets get some pictures. Anyone does we can post them on the blog. They will also be having other activities for both children and adults, so be sure to stop by and See what is going on.

All the proceeds will be going to The American Cancer Society to help in the fight against Cancer.

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Class Sat April 5th

I usually wait until closer to class to cancel, but today's forecast is very nasty. They are not only calling for rain, but there is a 100% chance this afternoon along with thunder storms. I think I will have to ere on the side of safety and cancel class today.

I apologize for the cancellations lately we have been able to have 2 classes in the past 5 weeks. We need the rain so I will try not to complain. I hope to see you all next week.

Get out between storms and give your dog a good walk. Practice commands and play inside.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Easter weekend class

I know this is Easter weekend, but I am planning to hold class on Sat like normal.

The weather is supposed to be beautiful. I hope to see you at Lake Crabtree 2:30 regular spot.

For those who cannot make it Happy Easter!!

Welcome to Claudette

Eliot has a new friend. He is not sure yet if she should stay, because she likes attention and that means less for him. (maybe) we all know that Lauren would never let that happen. I will get a picture soon so we can introduce a face with a name.

Welcome and we are glad to have you join us. Congratulations Tim and Lauren for adopting such a sweet puppy. Claudette was a rescue from a puppy mill and is lucky enough to have found a wonderful home with Tim, Lauren and Eliot. She is very sweet and loves to cuddle and be pet (all the time). She is figuring out how to play. Lack of socialization has made it hard for her to understand play, but with love and Eliot she should be playing like a champ in no time.

Saturday, March 8, 2008


Good Morning to all,

March 15, 2008 Saturday- Crabtree Lake Class Cancelled!!!

The weather seems to have a different idea of what we should be doing today. I will have to cancel the class at Crabtree Lake today. That last torrential downpour sealed our fate. Even if it clears up now the training area at the lake will be unusable.

Everyone should practice inside or when the weather clears a bit get those dogs out for a walk.

Have a fun day and I will see you all next week at 2:30 over at Lake Crabtree.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008


My March 1 newsletter has gone out. If you are not yet signed up for it click to the right and sign up. It is fun and filled with great information. If there are any topics you would like to see covered in the newsletter let me know and I will be sure to get it in there.

You do not have to be a customer to get the newsletter, so feel free to pass it on to friends and family!!


You will notice a new icon in the "Great places to check out" section. It is for Dogster. This is a wonderful site for dog lovers. It is fun! Check it out, Join up!! When you do send Hershey and Spike pup pals invites. You will understand once you sign up.

You can also sign up for fun groups and post questions on forums. Be careful timw tends to slip away once you are on dogster! Go to and have fun!!

March 1st Class

Please join me in welcoming Riley and her Mommy Sosha to our wonderful group. Sosha started with me before she even had a dog. We searched for just the right dog and viola! she is the proud owner of Riley. Riley is doing great with her training, but needs more distractions, so here they are. Welcome!!

Training went great and we sure had a great day for it. The park is getting more crowded with the beautiful weather. Lots more distractions for our wonderful dogs. We did a lot of practice with stays and attention, as well as heeling. Check out the attention Heuy is giving Drew! Sadie has an excellent stay! Emma's third class and she is doing great. she is walking on a loose leash and paying attention great!
What a lot of fun Miles had he loves to have his nose to the ground. Maybe by the time he is 1 year old we will get that nose up for more that a few steps. Miles is the youngest of the group, but he sure is hanging in there and working with the big dogs. He is learning very quickly and Mary is to be congratulated for putting in the time. His attention is amazing when his nose is not glued to the ground! Keep up the good work!

A little note sent out to Toni. I hope you are feeling better. Your immune system goes down and everything coming down the road is going to get you. We miss you so take it easy and feel better.

Keep practicing and I will see you Sat!

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Saturday's class

Class on Sat, Feb 19, 2008 at lake Crabtree was lots of fun.

We started the class off with a CGC test for a Rottweiler, which went very well. She earned her CGC certification no sweat.

At the end of class today we played doggie says. That was a blast. Everyone got a turn with their dog to be the caller.

We have a new dog joining our class. Her name is Emma. She is a glden/colie mix. Sara adopted her form the Wake County SPCA. Emma and Audrey get along beautifully. Sara has some training ahead of her, but she is more than capable of handling Emma. Join me in welcoming Emma.

My Mom has also joined the class with Sadie and they are enjoying themselves.

Coleen's Dad worked Charlie Sat in class. He did a wonderful job with Charlie.

Drew is also working with Heuy in class. They have been working with me for what seems likeforever, but I know it is not. They are doing very well. Heuy seems to be enjoying this class. Although he is not getting his Spike playtime.

Erika is bringing along Briscoe for som great distraction training. We are hoping to get him to come with distractions (especially at the dog park) keep up the good work Erika.

Check back next week we wll include some picture!

Friday, February 15, 2008

To much Fun

I can honestly say that my Mom, Dad and I had way to much fun with the dogs.

Spike loves to jump and Hershey is a little bit of an oaf, but he will do anything for food!!

Sadie actually was working for hotdogs and having a lot of fun.

We have to do this more often

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Help The animal Rescue


Hi, all you animal lovers. This is pretty simple... The Animal Rescue Site is having trouble getting enough people to click on it daily to meet their quota of getting free food donated every day to abused and neglected animals. It takes less than a minute (How about 20 seconds) to go to their site and click on the purple box 'fund food for animals' for free. This doesn't cost you a thing. Their corporate sponsors/advertisers use the number of daily visits to donate food to abandoned/neglected animals in exchange for advertising.Here's the web site! Pass it along to people you know.

Please tell everyone you know to do this, it will really help the animals and it is free. It costs you nothing!!

Click on the envelope with the arrow at the bottom of this post and you can forward this post to your friends. Thanks for yur help.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Tonight at Three Dog Bakery in Apex

There's going to be a Cockertail Party at Three Dog Bakery Tonight Feb. 7th From 6-7:30 pm

Cake will be served for the dogs; wine and soda for the owners.

Come join the fun at Three Dog Bakery
756 W. Williams St
Apex, NC

Saturday, February 2, 2008



There has been a time change for the class held at Lake Crabtree on Sat's.

The new time is 2:30. If this causes a conflict for anyone please let me know.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Attention mixed breed dog owners

To all you wonderful people who own mixed breeds,

The AKC is currently expanding their programs to include mixed breed dogs and their owners. The All American Dog Club would provide a way for mixed breeds and owners to become involved with the AKC.

Please follow this link to take the online survey, it should only take about 10 minutes.

Your input in this survey will help the implementation of this program. The survey must be completed by Feb. 18, 2008.

Thank you for taking the time to complete the survey!


Monday, January 28, 2008


Hank from the Neuse River Golden Retriever Rescue has WON!! He will be Circuit City's next Firedog.

$50,000 will be donated to the Neuse River Golden Retriever Rescue group, plus his share of $100,000, proportionate to the number of votes he received.

This is an wonderful achievement for Hank and the NRGRR. Congratulations!!!

Thanks to all who voted for Hank you this all possible.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Is it the dogs or is it the people?

Today I read an article titled "Dog's aren't born mean, it's the people that make them that way". It made me think of all the dogs that have a hard life or no life at all. Dogs that are tied out in yards with no human companionship, nobody to play with and left with no food or water. Then there are other dogs that are brought into this world for no other reason than to fight or be bait dogs.

I had read the above article shortly after receiving an e-mail from the Best Friends Animal Society announcing the decision for the dogs seized from Michael Vick's Infamous Kennel. The 22 at the Best Friends Shelter will be rehabilitated and then placed in appropriate homes when they are ready. Any that cannot be placed will live out their lives at Best Friends Animal Society. This was a great victory for the dogs, who are helpless animals without a voice.

So when I came across the "Dogs aren't born mean" article in the Dallas News I thought how closely the articles are related. The article in the Dallas News reminds us that dogs are our responsibility and leaving them tied up in the yard and other cruel treatment is a tried and true way of making them mean.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that a dog routinely tethered or chained up is nearly 3 times more likely to bite than a dog that's fenced or kept indoors. According to a Pennsylvania based anti-tethering group, 194 children nationwide have been killed or maimed by chained dogs in the last 5 years. Domestic dogs don't choose to be chained, they are chained up and made prisoners by people.

Quoting from the Dallas news "Humans, disgracefully, do choose to mistreat them, neglect them, let them roam loose, chain them up, or egg them into aggressiveness." Does this mean get rid of a breed? No it means we need to stop the cruelty! If you choose to outlaw a mean breed the same, people making them fight will simply choose another breed. A veteran animal control officer in Louisiana recently told a television station "I've seen the Chow go through that phase, and the Rottweiler and the Doberman... The Pit Bull has just hung in there longer than any of those dogs."

I think making stricter laws would help this situation. Some cities are considering limiting the number of animals a household can keep , require a universal requirement for pets to be spayed or neutered and BAN tethering of unsupervised dogs to polls or trees. This is a much more practical and humane way to help the situation than the almost impossible breed bans.

Breed Bans would not exist if it weren't for individuals who tarnish the breeds name.

So take a look around and you decide.

Is it the dogs or is it the people?


The voting forHank is at an end. As soon as I hear anything on the outcome I will let you all know. All we can do now is sit and wait. Thanks to all who signed on and voted for Hank it will be a wonderful donation for the NRGRR!

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Vote for Hank

Hank is one of 20 finalists selected from 7000 entrants to compete inCircuit City's 'Find the Next Firedog' Contest. To honor theorganization that rescued him, Hank has designated Neuse River GoldenRetriever Rescue (NRGRR) as the recipient of the donations thatCircuit City will make on his behalf. NRGRR will receive $1 for everyvote Hank receives. If Hank wins the grand prize, NRGRR will receivean amazing $50,000 donation and Hank will star in a Circuit Citycommercial!

Here's how you can vote for Hank…
1. Paste this direct link to Hank's picture in your browser: http://207.56. 151.5/view/ ?id=16

Or you can go to http://www.firedog. com and click on "Find the nextfiredog photo contest" on the right side. Click through the dogs untilyou find Hank. Hank is the only Golden Retriever in the group, the bigwet head picture, and the only dog from North Carolina to be selected.

2. Submit your e-mail address from Hank's page and wait for an e-mail that will allow you to confirm your vote. (Be sure to check yourspam/junk mail folder.)

3. Click the confirmation link in the e-mail and you are done!Only one vote is allowed per e-mail address. The polls close onFriday, January 25th.

Please send this on to all of your family andfriends and know how much we appreciate your support!

Your vote will put NRGRR one step closer to the $50,000 donation!Thanks for voting for Hank!Neuse River Golden Retriever Rescue, Inc. (NRGRR) is a 501(c)(3)non-profit organization staffed by volunteers who are dedicated tohelping unwanted Golden Retrievers through rehabilitation and adoption.

For more information on NRGRR visithttp://www.goldenre