Puppy Delivery for Valentine’s Day!

It’s back…. tomorrow you can get a puppy delivered to your workplace to snuggle and play with! It’s basically a dream come true.

The #UberPuppy event was so successful last year, I’ve been keeping my eye out to see if the Cleveland APL would do it again. And what more perfect day to do it than the Friday before Valentine’s Day! There is no better Valentine than a new snuggly puppy!

Puppies will only be delivered to workplaces, so get your boardroom ready for a puppy party. The cost is $30 for 15 minutes with the puppies and all proceeds go to the Cleveland APL. (Columbus friends – this is going on for you as well, benefiting the Capital Area Humane Society).

Here is how to request your puppy delivery:

  • Open your Uber app Feb. 12 between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. and request the “PUPPIES” option
  • Uber will let you know if they can get it your area, and then you’ll have 15 minutes to spend with the puppies.

Last year the event was very popular, so expect that you may have to wait or try your request a few times.

Here are some photos from last year’s #UberPuppyBowl that the APL did around the Super Bowl. These are from old coworkers of mine whose office had puppies delivered. (Sadly, my office did not participate, but I am trying to persuade them this year.)

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All of the puppies from the APL are up for adoption, so make sure to spread the word!

More details here: https://newsroom.uber.com/us-ohio/clebuspups16

Can’t wait to see the photos!

Meet Cleveland’s Most Famous Pit Bull!

Have you heard the story of Walter, the abandoned Pit Bull who was abused so severely that he lost control of his back legs?

Photo courtesy of the Barkley Pet Hotel.
Photo courtesy of the Barkley Pet Hotel.

His story is making the rounds on social media lately, and for good reason. After being abandoned at a local vet clinic, Walker was taken in by the Cleveland Dog Rescue and Rehabilitation Center, where they are working to turn his life around. Walter is currently staying at The Barkley Pet Hotel in Chagrin Falls, where they say he is getting walks and exercise and swimming in their indoor pool.

The Barkley Pet Hotel posted this video to give an update on Walter’s progress:

Although his trainer and the Barkley Pet Hotel are taking great care of him, Walter is looking for a forever home! Anyone interested should contact the Cleveland Dog Rescue and Rehabilitation Center at http://clevelanddogrescue.com

If you’re interested in adopting Walter, or just want to meet this special guy, Walter will be hosting a meet and greet this Sunday at the Barkley Pet Hotel, 27349 Miles Rd., from 12-4 p.m. There will be a $5 donation required for admission, which includes a photo with Walter.

Donations are also being made for a new wheelchair for Walter. It’s being custom made for him and should ship from Australia in the next week or so. You can donate on the Cleveland Dog Rescue site by clicking on “Donate.”

Thanks to the Barkley Pet Hotel and Dan at Cleveland Dog Rescue and Rehab Center for stepping up to care for Walter!

Christmas Gift Guide: Shelter Pets

Now that you’ve shopped for your dog and the dog lovers in your life, it’s time to focus on some other pets that need presents this Christmas – the homeless pets of Cleveland. Local shelters have wish lists running year-round for things they need for the animals in their care. Wouldn’t it be great to send a present to one of them this Christmas?

I’ve posted links to wish lists below for many of the biggest shelters/rescue groups in the area. Several of them have wish lists on Amazon to make it super easy to buy things and have them shipped directly to the shelter/organization. Some of the Amazon lists haven’t been updated in a while, so it may be a good idea to check their website, or contact them directly, to see what else might be on their wish list. It’s a safe bet though that most shelters can always do with donations of treats, blankets, toys and crates though. And, of course, you can always just donate money to whatever local shelter you want to support!

And don’t forget Amazon Smile when you’re doing your holiday shopping this year on Amazon. When you shop through http://smile.amazon.com you can choose an organization of your choice and Amazon will donate a small percentage to that organization.

Cleveland APL
http://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/17JWHFI8ZR6ZV/ref=topnav_lists_1

Some of the dogs you’ll be helping:

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Lake Humane Society
http://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/registry.html?ie=UTF8&type=wishlist&id=13A29C482PO0Y

Some of the dogs you’ll be helping:

 

Cuyahoga County Animal Shelter
http://www.amazon.com/wishlist/15JCVK42TMWEY/ref=sr_1_1_acs_wl_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1388683921&sr=8-1-acs

Some of the dogs you’ll be helping:

Berea Animal Rescue Fund
http://www.amazon.com/registry/wishlist/2E6YM99IA1Y2T/ref=cm_wl_act_vv?_encoding=UTF8&visitor-view=1&reveal=

Some of the dogs you’ll be helping:

Muttley Crue
https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/ref=cm_wl_search_1?ie=UTF8&cid=A20T6D8AAUHKMI

Some of the dogs you’ll be helping:

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Geauga Humane Society’s Rescue Village
http://www.geaugahumane.org/#!shelter-wishlist/co7y

Some of the dogs you’ll be helping:

Northeast Ohio SPCA
http://www.northeastohiospca.org/donations.html

City Dogs Cleveland
http://friendsofclevelandkennel.com/supply_drive.html

Let’s help all pets have a great Christmas this year!

Do You Work at a Dog-Friendly Office?

So I read this article last week and it made me really jealous of people that work in dog-friendly offices. The article mentioned so many benefits to having dogs in the office, but what really stuck out to me were the stress benefits and the work-life balance it gives dog owners.

I can’t tell you how much stress relief my dogs bring me on a daily basis. It’s one of the reasons I am such a dog pusher and will tell everyone I know to get a dog. So, of course it makes sense that having a dog in the office would improve morale and make people feel less stressed. I am lucky that I have the option to work from home occasionally, so I can be with my dogs while I work, but I can only imagine how much better it would be if I had the option to take my dogs into work sometimes too.

Do you work at a dog friendly office? I’d love to hear about it! Do you have any rules around it, or how does it work? I’m looking to spotlight a couple of local businesses, so please reach out to me at contact@dogsinthecle.com, if your office would like to be featured.

And of course, I want to see pictures of those office dogs! Send me pics, or use the hashtag #dogsinthecleatwork on Twitter or Instagram.

If you don’t work at a pet friendly office, I’d recommend printing out this article and putting it in your company suggestion box (I know I did) http://www.fastcompany.com/3037205/pet-week/your-definitive-argument-for-a-pet-friendly-office

CLE Adoptable Canine of the Week

Meet Jackie!

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From Secondhand Mutts: Jackie was found as a stray one evening in mid-September on Tillman Avenue in the Detroit Shoreway neighborhood. Jackie is estimated to be around 2 years old and is a Jack Russel/Miniature Pinscher/Beagle mix. Jackie gets along incredibly well the 11 cats and one dog, Buddy, in his foster home.  He is sweet, loving and eager to please.   Jackie is energetic and loves to run and play and be chased with his toys by Buddy or cats.  He fetches and greatly enjoys his trips to the beach with Buddy.  Jackie is a joy to be around.  He does need a bit of training, but he learns very quickly.  He is also a good sleeper and sleeps through the night.

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For more info on Jackie, call 216-664-9660 or email rescue@secondhandmutts.org to set up a time to meet him.

Have a dog you’d like featured here, contact me at contact@dogsinthecle.com

Adopt a Shelter Dog Month Stories

October is a Adopt a Shelter Dog month, so to celebrate this month and an issue I feel passionately about, I asked you all to share stories about your shelter/rescue dogs. I love each and every one of these stories. They truly show how special the bond is with a rescued dog. Although a rescue dog may come to you with some issues, whether it’s fleas, heartworm or some behavioral issues, once the dog becomes part of a loving family, the transformation is remarkable. And the love you get back from them is worth every minute of work you have to put into it.

Here are the rescue dog stories I received, I hope you enjoy as much as I did. And spread the word – there are still a lot of people who don’t know how much love a rescue dog can bring!

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I adopted Stanley from the Cuyahoga County Animal Shelter nearly 6 years ago. I immediately fell in love. His hair was so long that I actually thought he was a girl until the day I picked him up! A last minute name change and a trip to Target to exchange all the girl items I bought solved that. He’s been a wonderful dog and is still as energetic and excited at age 10 as he was the day I got him.

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Whiskers (now Guinness) was in an overcrowded shelter in rural Kentucky when Canine Lifeline found him and brought him up to Ohio. My husband and I had been searching for “the perfect dog” and breed to fit our lifestyle and I was exhausted. When we came across his picture, we decided to set up a meet and greet. I knew he was the dog for us when he jumped up and licked my husbands beard! He is the most perfect, loving and wonderful companion and he never stops smiling!!!! We will never shop again!
sonnyWe adopted Sonny last December from the Parma No Kill Animal Shelter. He is now the proud owner of his own boy (my 11 year old son) they are best friends!
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Stanley “Scrappy” Heidelman, was originally from the Cuyahoga County Animal Shelter, and later was transferred over to the Cleveland Animal Protective League and then the Parma Petsmart everyday adoption center, which is where my boyfriend and I adopted him from. His shelter records indicate that he had a pretty rough past. He had a number of missing teeth, was severely underweight, and had a horrible flea infestation and other skin and internal ailments. Regardless of his past, it was the night of September 20, 2013, that his new life began with my boyfriend and I. He is now a happy healthy 20 pound boy that is loved beyond words! I like to call him my blessing in fur! We may have saved his life, but honestly, I think he saved our lives in tune.
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Scout Louise. Love this baby to death. Adopted her as a baby, she was horrible. Best dog I ever had now.
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I couldn’t adopt, but I did and I am fostering this little dude. He’s a senior Chihuahua and his name is Joey.
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Fiona and Jack aka Lady and The Tramp. Both Cuyahoga County Kennel rescues. They are our loves. We adopted Jack as heartworm positive.
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Here is Knox! I was not in the market for a dog but a coworker had me on petfinder just for fun! I saw his picture and it was love at first sight. He’s a deaf bull terrier mix and my heart was sad at the thought that no one would give a ‘special needs’ dog a home. He’s a perfect gentleman and couldn’t be happier with my rescue from Fidos Companion!
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This is Lacey, adopted from the Cuyahoga County Animal Shelter in September 2007. I always loved dogs and knew as soon as we got a house that adopting a dog was first priority. But I had no idea how much this fuzzy bucket would change my life. She was a handful at first and still may not be the best behaved dog but she is perfect to me! Adopting her opened my eyes to the plight of homeless pets. She’s the reason I spend my weekends volunteering at the Cuyahoga County Animal Shelter. I don’t know what I would do without this goofball!
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We adopted our Daisy May from the Cuyahoga County shelter. She was our everything. She was such a lover and snuggler. She ended up with Cancer at age 6. We miss her. But she is in a much better place pain free.
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We foster for Dachshund Rescue of North America and Lilly was our foster. She spent 2 years in an outside kennel to be a breeding dog. She has scars all over her face from trying to get out of the kennel. Then she spent almost a year with a family that loved her but didn’t see eye to eye with the husband so she was surrendered to us. She was with us for 2 months and adopted out to a family we thought was a great fit. She was returned to us 3 weeks later and after a couple weeks of having her back we couldn’t let her leave us. So we adopted her a few weeks ago.
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My spoiled baby Andy. Adopted May 29, 2013 from Cleveland APL. I saw his goofy photo on their website. We went and he was so calm in his kennel. Surprise! He’s an active beagle mix that is probably 3 years old. (The crate is rarely used unless we have a food delivery coming–he’s a runner.) He sleeps on the sofa, stretched out like a little kid.

CLE Adoptable Canine of the Week!

Meet Eddie!

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From City Dogs Cleveland: Eddie is a Terrier, Pit Bull/Mix around 2 years old. They don’t get much more affectionate than Eddy! He is super cute, cuddly and wiggly. He loves people and would like nothing more than to have his own home to receive all the love he can handle. He is great on a leash and makes fantastic eye contact. He’ll be super easy to train as he is so eager to please and learn. Approximately 30 lbs.

Contact City Dogs for more info on Eddie – (216) 664-3476, citydogs@city.cleveland.oh.us

Best of the Summer Roundup

I’m a little sad that summer is coming to an end because this has definitely been one of my  favorite summers ever. Hunter, Roscoe and I did so much, including many things on our “dog bucket list,” that I wish these warm summer months could just go on and on….But, sadly fall will be here before we know it.

From our trip to Charleston, S.C. to pom pool parties, paddleboarding and wineries we packed a lot in. It’s hard to pick my favorite moment of the summer, but our trip to Charleston is definitely at the top of the list. Before this trip I hadn’t taken a long car ride with Hunter and Roscoe, so I really didn’t know what to expect. I was so happy with how well it all went and how much there was to do in Charleston. It was also so fun having the both of them on vacation. I highly recommend taking a trip with your dog and Charleston is a great choice if you do!

I’m hoping fall will be just as good, but in the meantime I’ll just have to relive my favorite moments of the summer through photos – and share with you! Here are some of my photo highlights of the summer:

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Hunter and Roscoe loved Folly Beach in Charleston, SC.
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Enjoying Woof, Wag and Wine at Grand River Cellars.
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Hunter went paddleboarding!

 

Sniff circle.
Hunter made some friends at Platform Brewing Co.
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There’s nothing more fun than a pool full of poms!
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Roscoe enjoyed exploring the Metroparks.
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Hunter enjoyed a glass of wine at Woof Wednesdays at Debonne Vineyards.
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Roscoe did some modeling!
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Roscoe swam and rode in a float for the first time!
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I discovered Hunter loves pool time!
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Hunter took his first boat ride!

 

What was your highlight from the summer with your dog?

 

Who is Cleveland’s Top Dog?

The Cuyahoga County Public Library is doing something really smart for National Library Card Sign Up month this month – they’re using dogs to promote library cards!

One lucky Cleveland dog will become the new face of the Cuyahoga County Public Library after voting ends for the library’s Top Dog photo contest. The library ran the contest at the end of August, asking Clevelanders to submit their dogs for voting. The winner of this photo contest will be featured on a special edition library card for the Cuyahoga County Public Library this fall.

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You can vote now for the winner of the contest (they’re no longer accepting entries) on their website: http://www.cuyahogalibrary.org/Events/Library-Card-Sign-Up-Month/Vote-for-LibraryTop-Dog.aspx (I, unfortunately, forgot to enter Hunter and Roscoe, but I guess that’s better for all the other dogs who have a chance at winning now.)

In addition to the Top Dog photo contest, the library will also be hosting an event on Friday, Sept. 11 at the Parma branch of the library from 3- 5:30 p.m. This is a dog friendly event, which will feature activities, photos, adoptable dogs, treats and raffles.

Activities include:

  • The chance to have your dog’s photo on your very own library card. Visit the photo kiosk in the Parma-Snow Branch’s (2121 Snow Road) west parking to get your dog’s photo taken (photos stop at 5:30).
  • Meet the service dogs of Wags 4 Warriors
  • Stop by activity stations run by Process Canine with games for your dog
  • Your dog can enjoy treats from PetPeople and Grateful Dog Bakery
  • See the top 5 dogs from the contest strut their stuff for a panel of judges (including Cleveland Browns mascot Chomps) to decide the winner and new ambassador for Cuyahoga County Public Library.
  • Raffles with prizes including a 20-minute animal communication session with Diane Weinmann, PetPeople prize pack, goodie basket from The Grateful Dog Bakery and more.

Visit http://www.cuyahogalibrary.org/Events/Event-Results/Event-Detail.aspx?id=71389 for more details on the event.

The Real Dawg Pound

To be honest with you, I’ve never been a Browns fan. Sorry, guys. I didn’t grow up here so I was never surrounded by the Browns mania that occurs every Sunday. Plus, they lose a lot, which makes to hard to be a fan even when you love Cleveland.

I saw some news earlier this week though that made me give the Browns a second look: http://www.si.com/extra-mustard/2015/08/03/cleveland-browns-puppies-adopted-training-camp

The Browns have adoptable dogs at their training camp! How awesome is that? The Browns caught some flack last year for not choosing a rescue dog for their real life Swagger, but I think this goes a long way in making up for that. And 25 dogs have been adopted! That is just great news all around.

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The Northeast Ohio SPCA teamed up with the Browns to bring the dogs to the training camp. Their mobile adoption unit will be at training camp through next week.  Check out the Northeast Ohio SPCA’s Facebook page for pictures of the dogs at training camp.

This great idea gives me hope that someone is finally making good decisions for the Browns!

Photos courtesy of Northeast Ohio SPCA’s Facebook page.