A Shelter Does the Impossible: Finds Homes for All Its Dogs

I’m used to writing about how so many dogs get left behind in shelters because they’re too old, disabled, missing a limb, not cute enough, or just because there aren’t enough people wanting to adopt dogs. It’s part of the basic vocabulary of writing about dogs or cats or other kinds of animals, but it can be really disheartening to write over and over again. So it was something of a relief when I came across a story that reverses the theme. Last week, Petaluma Animal Services posted the following announcement on its Facebook page:

No dogs in our kennels today for the happiest reason there is — everyone got a home. Kitty lives inside, so he’ll be in our dog training office lounging on his multiple beds, and playing with 400 toys. We’re off to visit our rescue partners so we can pick up some cuties to bring to Petaluma. Meanwhile, we’re thrilled to be a no-kill shelter who runs out of dogs, and has to post signs like this.

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Sign posted at Petaluma Animal Services. How many shelters get to post this? (Source: Facebook)

That was Thursday, Sept. 25, so by now, the kennels are probably filling up again. The sad underbelly of a story like this is that there's always more dogs to fill the kennels back up again. Just last night, Petaluma Animal Services posted these pictures of three new arrivals.

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We hope these three and the others arriving with them will find new homes soon, but it's good to know that for however briefly, the kennels were empty and quiet because the dogs had found homes.

"We like to look at this as sort of like a crummy summer camp that'll just be a memory for them," training center director Valerie Fausone told a reporter from TV station KTVU. "Here, shelter means shelter. It doesn't mean you have six days to find yourself a home or get killed."

If you watch the interview, Fausone seems almost giddy about the empty cages, and it's hard to blame her. No matter how well you run a shelter, it's never going to be able to compete with a real home. Even with the best intentions and full resources, it's hard to raise a shelter above the level of just being a "crummy summer camp."

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From KTVU's report, one of the empty cages for a dog that now has a home.

The question lingers, of course: How did the shelter do it? Based on the KTVU report and its Facebook page, all I can say is that I'm not sure. It may have been a fluke, or a special organizing push, but ultimately, it got all the dogs into homes.

I suspect that part of it may have to do with social media strategies. On Facebook at least, Petaluma Animal Services is highly engaged with the community. It updates several times a day, and not only does it show the dogs who need homes, it regularly features updates on shelter alumni, showing how the dogs and cats are doing in their new homes. The people following the page seem highly engaged with the staff and the animals the shelter cares for. (For whatever reason, its Twitter feed seems to have been abandoned since December, however.)

The momentary success seems to have inspired the staff to set new, bigger goals. Specifically, it wants to do the same thing for the shelter's cats:

A moment of empty kennels for our dogs gave us an idea. Popular shelter folklore says, it is impossible to have empty cat cages (due to the numbers of cats). Should we believe this, or attempt it? Should we fail to try, or get busy? You know we like big gnarly goals. This week, we'll be harnessing our resources, putting pen to paper, and hatching a plan. Could there be a day when the news comes to film empty cat cages? What would you be willing to do to help us get it done?

Here's hoping that it can pull that off.

If you live in Northern California near Petaluma and feel inspired to adopt a dog or cat, you can call the shelter at (707) 778-PETS (7387) or email info@petalumaanimalshelter. It also keeps applications online so you can get some of the paperwork out of the way before arriving at the shelter.

Via KTVU and Petaluma Animal Services Facebook page.

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International Talk Like a Pirate Day

Today is ‘International Talk like a Pirate Day’ – who knew!  So I give you this tiny ‘Pirate’ who I’m sure can ‘woof’ in an ‘Ahoy matey’ sort of way!

In fact, this little sweetheart is called Shelley and is only 9 months old. She lives in Menton but I met her at the Sospel Agricultural Show last Sunday.

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When Lili Vaughn of Des Plains, Ill. adopted her dog, Bigby in 2011 from Heartland Animal Shelter in Northbrook, Ill, it changed her.

When she learned about how much help shelters needed to care for homeless pets and find them loving homes, Lili set out on a mission to find creative ways she could assist.

The pet loving girl first starting asking friends and family for donations to Heartland instead of birthday presents.

Then, with her allowance, Lili starting buying collars and decorating them with flowers and buttons. She mails them to shelters throughout the country. “I do a lot of research and find the shelters I like and then send them,” she says.

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Be a Part of Bubby and Bean (On Our New Website!)

Come Be a Part of Bubby and Bean!

On October 1st, Bubby and Bean will be launching a brand new website. It’s been in the works for several months, and I’m so excited to finally reveal the new design and features. One of the improvements will be new larger ad sizes, right in time for the holiday season. October, November, and December are the highest traffic months of the year here on the blog – and therefore for our sponsors as well. If you have a shop, blog, Etsy store, or small business,  I’d love for you to join us on our new site for our busiest season! Advertising with Bubby and Bean is an an affordable, effective way to promote your brand to several thousands of interested people every single day.

Bubby and Bean works with companies big and small through banner advertising, sponsored content, product review, sponsored giveaways, and other means of custom collaboration through this blog and social media integration. For more information on our various advertising packages, current stats, press, and pricing, visit our sponsor page right here to view our new ad sizes and rates. You can also book banner ad spaces there directly in one click.

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Gum Disease Now More Common than Diabetes, and Traditional Treatment May Not Be Enough for Diabetic Patients

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) September 25, 2014

With the recent media attention on gum disease and toothpaste, as seen in ABC’s September 15 account of the recent Crest toothpaste issue, leading Los Angeles periodontists are emphasizing an important study explained by the American Academy of Periodontology earlier this year about nonsurgical periodontal therapy for those with type 2 diabetes. The study found that the therapy did not actually cure the disease in diabetic patients with moderate to advanced periodontal disease. Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is when bacteria builds plaque below the gum line. Pain isn?t usually felt with periodontal disease until it?s in its advanced stages where much of the damage to gums and teeth has already been done. Damaged gums and teeth can eventually lead to tooth loss.

Dr. Alexandre-Amir Aalam of the Center for Advanced Periodontal & Implant Therapy said, ?In its early stages, periodontal disease may display few, if any, signs. Brushing alone cannot remove the bacteria that cause gum disease. We recommend brushing twice a day, flossing once a day, and visiting a periodontist annually to help prevent and diagnose periodontal disease.?

Gum disease often occurs in individuals who have poor oral hygiene and smoking is also a significant risk factor in developing the disease. Advanced periodontal disease has been shown to play a role in other health conditions like cardiovascular disease, rheumatoid arthritis, Alzheimer?s disease and diabetes. With periodontal disease on the rise, now more common than diabetes, early detection and treatment is of the utmost importance.

?Gum disease is quite common, but many people don?t know about it. It can affect not only the health of your teeth and gums, but also the appearance of your smile,? said Dr. Alina Krivitsky from the Center for Advanced Periodontal & Implant Therapy. ?Most people aren?t aware that the mouth plays a key role in the health of the rest of our body and can seriously affect and progress other diseases that we might have, including diabetes.?

The study showed that people who had diabetes and gum disease were treated with nonsurgical methods, but found that these methods did not change their glycemic control. It was the same as those not treated which shows that nonsurgical treatments are not affecting diabetic patients and the periodontal disease was not successfully controlled.

?This research helps periodontists know the best treatment for our patients with diabetes so that they can receive the appropriate treatment to cure their periodontal disease,? continued Dr. Aalam. ?This is why it is so important that people who have diabetes see a periodontist each year so we can give them the specialized care that they need to stay healthy.?

Dr. Alexandre-Amir Aalam and Dr. Alina Krivitsky are board certified periodontists specializing in dental implants and gum and tissue diseases. They opened The CENTER, a periodontal office focused on providing patients with excellent and skilled care at affordable prices, with the goal of restoring oral health and aesthetic appearance. They are alumni of the prestigious Ostrow School of Dentistry at USC and are still heavily involved in academia and giving back to future periodontists at USC. They are also the only two board-certified periodontists in the Brentwood area of Los Angeles.

If you or someone you know is interested in scheduling an appointment with the CENTER for Advanced Periodontal & Implant Therapy, we encourage you to contact (310)-826-8242 today.

Learn more at http://implantperiocenter.com.

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logo2Arizona Animal Welfare League is having their annual 2014 “Walk To Save Animals” on November 8th at Tempe Town Lake.

They want to invite friends and other pet owners to come and join them for the Walk.

Learn more at www.aawl.org, start a walk team, donate online!

Halo and Freekibble.com are proud to feed all the dogs and cat at the Arizona Animal Welfare League and SPCA.

Check out this great video (with amazing, noticeable results of this shelter’s hard work), and walk the walk!

Visit www.aawl.org and let me know why your pet is so important to you!


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Holliday: Football weekend filled with costly mistakes

Holliday: Football weekend filled with costly mistakes
The Greenies fumbled a second punt. Rae Juan Marbley, replacing the previous fumbler Teddy Veal, in turn coughed up the football. Only Marbley briefly came up with his fumble, attempting to pitch it forward to Andre Robinson. Alas, Duke's Joseph
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Digging deeper into how Louisiana's top teams fared in Week 3
For all the talk of Many and Kinder each being among the favorites to return to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome — and they are — but the Rebels and Greenies are right there in the pack as well. What happened?: Winnfield dropped a third straight game to …
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Rodeo Rod and Reel Report – Sept. 22-26
Under cloudy skies, the water is flat and clean at the Okaloosa Island Pier Tuesday morning. In the last few days anglers have been catching Spanish mackerel, skipjack, hardtail, whiting, bluefish, ladyfish and an occasional sailfish. There are still a
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Kendall Bussey goes for five touchdowns as Newman outlasts Riverdale 56-33
Well if you were looking for fireworks Friday night, Michael Lupin Stadium was the place to be. In a game where Riverdale and Newman combined for 13 touchdowns, it was the play of Greenies running back Kendall Bussey, who notched five touchdowns of …
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Easy Mango and Carrot Sauté (That the Entire Family Can Eat!)

By Food + Drink Contributor Sara Little

Easy Mango and Carrot Sauté (+ Baby Food Extra)

This recipe is fast and delicious and can be eaten as a side dish or meal. Best of all, with one additional step, it works as a baby food too!

8 Medium Carrots
Fresh Ginger
2 Ripe Mangoes
1 Bunch of Fresh Mint
2 Small Limes
1 Onion
Olive Oil

Peel and discard the ends of the carrots, then chop into thin discs.
Cut into the fresh ginger and grate it on a microplane to get around 1 t of grated ginger.
Peel the mangoes, take the fruit off the core, and dice finely.
Finely chop the mint.
Finely chop 1/4 of the onion (red or sweet white will work)

Add 2-3 T of olive oil to a saute pan over medium heat.
Add onion and let them cook until they just start to soften.
Add carrot and ginger – let them saute for about 15 minutes. If you don’t feel like your carrots are getting softer, you can add a little water and cover for 5 minutes or so.
Add mangoes along with the zest and juice of two limes and let saute for another 10 minutes. You really want the mango to soften enough to start releasing it’s natural sugars to coat the carrots.

To finish, add the chopped mint right before you pull it off the heat.

If you are feeding a baby as well as adults, simply reserve 1/3 for your little one. You can then serve the remaining as a side dish to pair perfectly with grilled citrus chicken or over a bed of brown rice and quinoa as a main dish for vegetarians. You will want to season the adult portion with a little salt and pepper to taste.

For baby, you can serve as a finger food if they are ready to eat with their hands and if not, throw it into a blender (Vitamix, Ninja, Baby Bullet. etc.) with a tiny bit of water to make a delicious puree. As with any baby food, you will want to introduce these ingredients separately to gauge for food allergies before serving them together.

With this one quick saute, you are able to feed the whole family without the hassle of preparing a different meal for each stage of eaters in the house. Our baby, Piper, has always been an adventurous eater, so I am constantly finding ways to “spice” up her basics to keep her interested. This recipe is happily “Piper approved!”

Stay tuned for more one dish recipes that are fit for all members of the family, even when they have tiny tastes. – Sara

Thank you to Sara for sharing this delicious recipe that so easily works for both adults and babies!  Sara is an event planner and “expert in indulgence” who has lived in the heart of Sonoma County California’s wine country for 12 years.  In addition to sharing her favorite foods and wines, recipes and more as our Food and Drink Contributor, she plans unique, personalized getaways to and events in wine country for her hospitality business, Wine Country Goodness, and travels the country in search of the best places to stay, explore, eat, and drink. You can also find Sara on her blog, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and LinkedIn.

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Hey it’s Friday!

This came across Pinterest, so I wanna share it to all of ya’ll who manage to survive the week. The weekend is here! Smile…relax….breattttthhhe! © 2014, Sunflower Faith. All rights reserved.

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Laser Gum Disease Treatment in Apex, NC is Now Available Through Dr. Craig Dorion

Apex, NC (PRWEB) August 20, 2014

Dr. Craig Dorion provides gum disease treatment in Apex, NC with the LANAP

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