Category Archives: dog adoption

Jingle and Bell for the holidays

Jingle and Bell are plush/soft toys sold by Hallmark.  This year, Hallmark is donating the sum of $100,000 to Best Friends Animal Society to support animal adoption.

Jingle and Bell

When these toys are purchased from a Hallmark Gold Crown store, Hallmark will include information about Best Friends to help spread the word about the no-kill movement and the benefits of adoption.

Corporate sponsorship in the right direction, I say.

Kathleen Crisley, specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, Canine Catering Ltd, Christchurch, New Zealand

Personality match

When I heard about Paws Like Me, a site with a personality quiz for matching prospective adopters with dogs up for adoption, I had to go look.

This site provides people who must re-home their dogs with a place to list them as available for adoption.  The site encourages shelters, through its partner program, to refer people to list their dog with them directly so that shelters have more room for other needy animals.

Sorry, this site is only for USA adoptions – not available in New Zealand.

I took the personality test, which took less than 5 minutes.  It seems pretty accurate based on the types of dogs I have had during my life:

Your ideal dog!

You are a very active person, but because the dog will be home for long hours alone you need a dog with less energy. High energy dogs do not do well with long periods of down-time and are likely to find their own outlet for their mental and physical energy. You like a dog that is fairly easy to train to basic commands and a few fun tricks. The dog should be able to focus his attention on something for a decent amount of time. You don’t mind a dog that is a bit reserved in new situations or around new people. You can be patient and take the time to teach him that there is nothing to fear. You like an affectionate dog that will snuggle with you, but you don’t want him to be in your face trying to get attention constantly.
Izzy the Greyhound riding in the car

Izzy

I think Izzy would agree that we have been a good match!

Kathleen Crisley, specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, Canine Catering Ltd, Christchurch, New Zealand

What pet should I get?

“I want a pet, I want a pet, what pet should we get?” is the mantra of the latest Dr Seuss children’s book, published for the first time in July 2015.

The manuscript for this book was found amongst the papers of Theodor Seuss Geisel (Dr Seuss) almost 25 years after his death.

What pet should I get

From what I can see, the illustrations are classic Dr Seuss, as is the rhyming language he liked to use for his young audiences.

I grew up with Dr Seuss – Horton Hears a Who was a favorite.  And so it is rather nice to think that a whole younger generation of kids can talk about the newest Seuss book.

Critics say the book is dated because the children go to a pet store to find their animal (rather than adopting).  Let’s hope the teacher, parents and grandparents who read this story to the children are able to explain why going to the pet store “isn’t the way we do things nowadays…”

Kathleen Crisley, specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, Canine Catering Ltd, Christchurch, New Zealand

Another pack member

Today, I had a consult with a new client who also suddenly suffered the loss of her younger dog just a few days ago.  Since I’ve been through my own loss of Daisy in July and I am now co-sponsoring a pet loss support group in my area, I think I was able to provide her with the understanding she needed at this painful time.

We also discussed when it is ‘right’ to bring another dog into the household.  There is no single ‘right’ answer to this question.

For me, I was not doing well in a dog-less household.  I missed the companionship and unconditional love that Daisy gave me willingly for over 10 years.  But, I knew that replacing Daisy was never going to happen – she was unique.   And I don’t believe we ever replace a dog that has passed; we only open our hearts to a new relationship.

I had to find a dog that needed me as much as I needed them.

This is my way of announcing the adoption of Izzy, a greyhound, from the Greyhounds as Pets adoption scheme.

Izzy, with a selection of her toys

Izzy, with a selection of her toys

Initially withdrawn and a bit overwhelmed at being in a pet home after over 5 1/2 years in a kennel environment, Izzy is now experiencing her second puppyhood.  I have had a few household items destroyed (including a tv remote) and I’m learning to schedule play time for us at least twice daily (in addition to our twice-daily walks).

I am finding great joy in giving a home to a dog who didn’t have one.  The time was right for a new pack member;  I think Daisy loved me enough that she would approve.

In the months and years to come, I’ll be sharing stories about Izzy and our adventures together…but I have no plans to change the banner on this blog.  Daisy was my heart dog and soul mate and it is a fitting tribute to keep her image on the advertising for DoggyMom.com.

Kathleen Crisley, specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, Canine Catering Ltd, Christchurch, New Zealand

Working with dogs on live tv

King was the ‘pet of the week’ at a local Miami television station last week as part of a regular feature to help profile animals in need of a forever, adoptive home.

King managed to escape and make an entrance early – during the weather report.  Here’s his live tv debut and notice that the weather forecast was completed in a professional manner…

Kathleen Crisley, specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, Canine Catering Ltd, Christchurch, New Zealand

Arthur chose them…and a new life in Sweden

The Swedish members of Team Peak Performance started out as a team of four in a 430-mile adventure race through the Amazon.  By the time they finished the race in Ecuador, they had added a 5th member, a canine named Arthur.

Arthur’s story, including his subsequent relocation to Sweden, has captured the world’s attention.  This is a classic case of a dog choosing its adoptive owner.

It started when Captain Mikael Lindnord threw a stray dog a meatball at a rest break.  A 24-mile rainforest hike, one leg of the race, was about to begin and the stray kept pace with the team.  When the team entered its kayaks for a water part of the race, the stray (now named Arthur) jumped in to swim and stay with them.

“The organisers advised us not to bring Arthur, as it could be unsafe on the water,” explained Mr Lindnord.

“But when we set off in the kayaks, he started swimming after us. It was too heart-breaking and we felt we couldn’t leave him, so we picked him up.  We could hear the people cheer on the shore as we set off.”

Mikael and Arthur during the race Photo: Krister Göransson/Peak Performance

Mikael and Arthur during the race Photo by: Krister Göransson/Peak Performance

Mikael has now adopted Arthur and brought him back to Sweden to become a member of the family.

Arthur and his new family at the airport

Arthur and his new family at the airport

Recognizing that Arthur’s story has touched many who want to help other strays, the team has set up the Arthur Foundation to receive donations.

You can follow Arthur’s progress on the Team’s Facebook page.

Kathleen Crisley, specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, Canine Catering Ltd, Christchurch, New Zealand

IKEA and pet adoption

Furniture company IKEA has used its profile with consumers to help spread the word about shelter pets.

Starting in Singapore with the Home for Hope initiative, life-sized cutouts of adoptable pets were displayed in stores.  The cutouts had two purposes:  Firstly, they gave perspective on how a pet of that size would look in a home.  Then, a QR code on each cutout allowed people to download more information about the animal and its care needs – thus giving insight into the costs and responsibilities of pet ownership.

Really innovative idea, IKEA!

Stores in the USA have begun to adopt similar programs.  Here’s a photo of an adoption event in Tempe Arizona:

A cardboard cutout of Daisy, an Arizona Humane Society shelter dog, on display at Ikea Tempe (photo by Ikea Tempe)

A cardboard cutout of Daisy, an Arizona Humane Society shelter dog, on display at IKEA Tempe (photo by IKEA Tempe)

A Home for Hope display in Singapore

A Home for Hope display in Singapore

This YouTube video gives background to the initiative in Singapore:

There are ways we haven’t even thought of yet to encourage adoption and responsible dog ownership, but it is wonderful to a big corporate like IKEA using their influence over consumers to help shelter pets.

Kathleen Crisley, specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, Canine Catering Ltd, Christchurch, New Zealand