Silence is Golden

You’ve heard the old saying that silence is golden, unless you have kids, puppies, or kittens. Then it’s suspicious. Lily has been howling most of the day and she got real quiet for a while. I had to go check on her and found she was okay. I wasn’t sure because she got out under the gate earlier in the day. I thought I was losing my patience because I didn’t remember Munchkin behaving like Lily does. But the memories came back this morning. Did they ever! Anyway, I’m going to list this weekend’s events while it’s quiet.

Heritage Humane Society is having a big yard sale tomorrow at the shelter. They have all kinds of goodies and the proceeds go to take care of the shelter pets. They have stuff for people and pets, home goods, seasonal items, and baked goods. They’re even going to be grilling! So stop by the shelter from 8 to 12 and have fun! HHS is located at 430 Waller Mill Road in Williamsburg.

UFC Gym is having a Family Workout to raise funds for K9 Justice League tomorrow. It will be a 90 minute hard core functional fitness class for the whole family and will be taking donations from attendees. Class runs from 12 to 1:30. K9 Justice League will have some of the adoptable dogs there to meet everyone too. UFC Gym is located at 550 First Colonial Road in Virginia Beach.

K-9 New Life is having Crock for a Cause on Sunday. You can get some great home-cooked food and meet some great dogs from 6 to 8 Sunday evening at Pleasure House Brewery. It’s just a $5 donation to the rescue. Pleasure House Brewery is located at 3025 Shore Drive in Virginia Beach.

Animal Aid Society will be out with the dogs tomorrow. You can meet them at the Dog Days of Summer at Bass Pro Shop. They have a great dog supply area. I got a lot of Mac’s things there. You should check it out. There’s going to be a dog costume contest with a $20 Bass Pro gift card for the winner, free informational seminars, and a free give away for the first 100 dogs starting at 11 a.m. Bass Pro Shop is located at 1972 Power Plant Parkway in Hampton.

Chesapeake Animal Services is having a volunteer/foster orientation tomorrow at the shelter. Baby kittens have already started arriving and they need loving foster homes. If you can help out, please attend the orientation. They’ll give you all the info and supplies you will need. It starts at 10 a.m. The shelter is located at 2100 South Military Highway.

Isle of Wight County Humane Society is having an adoption event on Sunday. You can meet some of the adoptable pets at the North Suffolk Petco on University Boulevard from 12 to 4.

A Taste of Heaven Sanctuary is having an adoption event tomorrow. You can meet some great new furry friends at the Williamsburg Petco from 11 to 4. This is a little rescue in Charles City County and they really need our support. So go meet a new friend! Petco is located at 4600 Casey Boulevard off of 199 near Wild Birds Unlimited.

Indian rivers Humane Society needs some kitten fosters. If you want to care for sweet little balls of fur, contact them at 804-885-3109 or check their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Indian-Rivers-Humane-Society-118273697556/.

Rainbow Animal Rescue will be out with the dogs tomorrow. You can meet them at the Indian River Road Care A Lot. They’ll be there from 11 to 2.

PAWS of Hertford county is having their annual Spring Auction. I checked it out yesterday and they have some great items for pets and people. You can get things for yourself, your pets, or something to give as a gift. You know Mother’s Day, Father’s day, graduations, and weddings are coming up. This way you can get a great item and help a rescue at the same time. You can check it out and put in your bids at https://www.facebook.com/events/1116645638446334/. The auction ends on March 30th at 8 p.m.

Outer Banks SPCA is having an adoption event on Sunday. They’re going to be at the Outer Banks Brewing Station from 11:30 to 3. So go meet a new friend and enjoy some great food and good beer. Outer Banks Brewing Station is located at 600 South Croatan Highway in Kill Devil Hills.

Critters 4 U Rescue will be out with the dogs tomorrow. You can meet them at the Hampton Petco from 10 to 12.

Did you know that Taco Cat spelled backward is Taco Cat? Well, it is. And it’s a great way to get cats adopted and for people to have a great time. The Cat Corner and Poquoson Animal Welfare services will be at Taco Cat tomorrow at the Saint George Brewing Company in Hampton. The event runs from 11 to 8 and there will be all kinds of goodies and things to do. Bring some needed items and earn raffle tickets for some great prizes! You can get all the info at https://www.facebook.com/events/193908574415457. Saint George Brewing Company is located at 204 Challenger Way in Hampton.

Fur-Ever Home Rescue is having a Meet and Greet tomorrow. You can meet some sweet adoptable pets at the Pet Supplies Plus on Kempsriver Drive in Virginia Beach. They’ll be there from 10 to 2.

Next Generation Animal services needs some dog and cat fosters. They have some great pets they have rescued but need someone to care for them until they are adopted. Please help if you can. They also need help getting all the furbabies their rabies vaccinations. It’s just $10 for each one. Please sponsor one if you can. You can send $10 to Ngas@cox.net or directly to No More Chasin’ Tails.

That’s it for this week! I’m going to take Lily out and hope she stops howling for a bit. Then I’m going to look for a friend for her. I know beagles do better with a friend and don’t howl so much. So, we’ll see. Get out there and have fun with your pets!

Changes

It’s been an interesting week or so around here. Mac died 3 weeks ago and nothing has been the same since. I started looking for a new doggie friend and put an ad on CraigsList.

Because of that ad, I had the company of a most delightful little Shih-Tzu for about a week and a half. And I got to meet some really nice people. I also learned a lot about how unscrupulous some people can be.

I was told a story about how the little dog was thrown out of a car window and the person who found her couldn’t keep her. The truth is that she was stolen right out of her own front yard. I called Newport News Animal Control and had her scanned for a chip, just in case. She had a chip so I called Portsmouth Animal Control and reported that I had found a dog. Well, her family called on Friday and came by to pick her up on Sunday.

Then I got a text really early Monday morning about a Beagle that needed a new home. Beagles are great dogs and I did list a Beagle in my ad. I was told that she was being fostered for a rescuer in North Carolina. The person said she was really sweet and came with her leash, collar, bowl, blanket, bed, and shampoo. That sounded a bit strange.

The texter brought her by on Monday around noon and brought everything with her. I asked questions and got rather short answers. No shot record except for the 2016 rabies tag on her collar. Her shampoo is medicated and prescribed by a vet for yeast infections, ringworm, and other things. And the vet’s label was attached but everything had washed off. There was no name of the rescue she was supposedly fostered for.

After taking care of her for almost 3 days I’ve learned that she had been hit quite often, has some kind of skin condition, possibly has mammary gland problems, is kind of scared of men, wants to hump anything she can get between her legs, and howls like there’s no tomorrow. And she gets really agitated when I want her to settle down.

She’s a bit better today. She knows I won’t hit her. Her humping is probably because of the skin and mammary gland issues, and she’s just trying make it feel better. Now that she knows I won’t hit her or grip her legs, she settles down well. Her howling has gotten better too. She howls for a shorter time now. I did call the vet listed on her rabies tag yesterday. They said they would call me back after they ran the tag number. Haven’t heard anything yet. I’ll call them again in the morning.

With her medical problems, I’m not sure I’m the right person for her. But, I’m not turning her out or returning her to the “fosters” that had her before. It isn’t fair to her at 10 years old to be moved from place to place every few days. I am going to contact some friends in rescue to see what we can do help this little Beagle girl.

I had a doctor’s appointment this morning. I told him I was really tired. I’m grieving for Mac, looking for a new furry friend, and dealing with really unscrupulous people. That would make anyone tired. Actually, I’m grieving for Mac and Munchkin. When Munchkin passed, I grieved for her. But Mac was there needing care and attention and that helped a lot. Now that both of them are gone, I feel a bit lost. So, I’m looking for a new furry friend and trying to figure out what type of dog to get. There are certain breeds that aren’t allowed in this neighborhood. Other than that, I’m not looking for any specific breed really. My lifestyle has changed over the years and my health has too. Now I need a dog to fit me now, not the lifestyle and health stage I was. I do want a dog who is friendly, can go places with me, and would enjoy being outside in the garden with me. I would love to be able to take a dog to the Pet Blessing at church, the Mutt Strut, and the Bark in the Park. I couldn’t do that once Mac came to live with us.

So, if you know of a dog who needs a calm new home, email me. My email address is myfurrykids@mail.com. I’ll be back Friday with the weekend events. Enjoy being with your pets. They have such short lives.

Happy Saint Pat’s!

We have some great events this weekend!

If you’re hungry tonight, head over to Red Mill Elementary on Sandbridge Road. GO Rescue is having a spaghetti dinner fundraiser. They have spaghetti with marinara sauce by Gino’s Pizzaria by Maurizio. Bread and salad are provided by Lucky Oyster Seafood Grill. There is also dessert and a drink. All of this for just $8 at the door. Seating times are 5:30 and 6:45. They’re also having a silent auction with some great prizes and several local vendors will be there too.

GO Rescue will also be at the finish line of the Shamrock Marathon event on Sunday. So, stop by and help them out a bit if you can.

Tomorrow night is Pucks and Paws at the Norfolk Scope. The Admirals are playing and your dog can get in and watch for just $5. You ticket will be about $11 though. The good part, other than taking your dog with you, is that the canine ticket proceeds go to help local rescues and shelters. You can choose between Norfolk SPCA, Norfolk Animal Care Center, Portsmouth Humane Society, Go Rescue Pet Adoption, Virginia Beach SPCA, and Chesapeake Humane Society. Get your tickets at https://admiralsgroups.com/.

Hope for Life Rescue is having a LulaRoe Facebook Live Sale and Fundraiser tomorrow. You can get all the info at https://www.facebook.com/HopeForLifeRescue/.

K-9 New Life is having Crock for a Cause on Sunday evening. Stop by Pleasure House Brewery at 3025 Shore Drive and enjoy some great home-cook food, craft beer, and meet some great adoptable dogs. Food is available from 6 to about 8. It’s just a $5 donation to the rescue.

Animal Aid Society may be out with the dogs tomorrow. Look for them at the Oyster Point Care A Lot from 11 to 2.

Isle of Wight County Humane Society will have adoptable pets out meeting everyone on Sunday afternoon. You can meet them at the North Suffolk Petco on University Boulevard from 12 to 4.

Rainbow Animal Rescue will be out with the dogs tomorrow. You can meet them at the Diamond Springs Road Care A Lot from 11 to 2.

PAWS of Hertford County will be having an adoption event tomorrow. You can meet some great adoptable pets at the Greenbrier PetsMart from 10 to 2. You can get a head start by filling out an adoption application at http://www.pawsofhertfordcounty.org.

SPCA of Northeastern North Carolina is celebrating St. Pitties Day this weekend. Adoption fees for all pit bull dogs are half off through Sunday. so go find a new furry friend! The shelter is located at 102 Enterprise Drive in Elizabeth City.

Critters 4 U Rescue will be out with some great adoptable pets tomorrow. You can meet them at the Hampton Petco from 10 to 12.

Forever Home Rescue is having an adoption event this weekend and adoptions are just $20. You can meet a new furry friend from 12 to 3. The rescue is located at 4739 Broad Street in Virginia Beach.

That’s it for this weekend! I’m still looking for a new doggie friend and will be checking all the local rescues and shelters. Get out there and have fun with your pets while you can. Their lives are much too short so enjoy every day you have with them.

Sunny Day

I’m running really late this week! Yesterday was such a busy day that the only time I could have done this post was about midnight. And I was too tired to do it then. We have some great events this weekend too.

Suffolk Animal Care is having adoption events today and tomorrow. You can meet some of their adoptable pets at the Chesapeake Square PetsMart today from 12 to 3. You can meet some more adoptable pets tomorrow at the Suffolk PetsMart on College Drive from 12 to 3. So go find a new friend!

K-9 New Life will be having Crock for a Cause on Sunday evening. They have a lot of great home-cooked food available for just a $5 donation to the rescue. Just go to Pleasure House Brewery at 3025 Shore Drive in Virginia Beach. Food service starts at 6 and runs to about 8. So go enjoy some great food, craft beers, and meet some adoptable dogs.

You can join the Bowwow Burrito Brigade on Monday. Chipotle on Military Highway is donating 50% of the lunch proceeds to Norfolk Animal Care Center. Lunch is served from 11 to 3. Just tell the cashier when you pay that you are dining for NACC. There is also a flyer you can print and take to the restaurant. You can find it at https://www.facebook.com/friendsofnacc/.

Virginia Beach SPCA is having an Adoption/Fundraiser Event today at Wild Birds Unlimited of Virginia Beach. It’s Shiloh’s 9th birthday and they’re celebrating all month. You can join the celebration by meeting the adoptable pets today from 10 to 2, round up your purchase total to the next dollar amount, and buy a 20 pound bag of birdseed. Part of the price will be donated to VBSPCA. WBU is located at 620 Hilltop West Shopping Center.

Isle of Wight County Humane Society will have adoptable pets out meeting everyone tomorrow afternoon. You can meet them at the North Suffolk Petco on University Boulevard from 12 to 4.

Rainbow Animal Rescue is out with the dogs today. You can meet them at the Diamond Springs Road Care A Lot from 11 to 2.

Coastal Humane Society is having their walk for the animals tomorrow. This donation walk starts at 12. You can get more info at http://www.obxcoastalhumanesociety.org/.

Southeastern German Shepherd Rescue is having a Meet and Greet today from 11 to 2. You can meet some of their adoptable dogs at the Indian River Care A Lot. They also have fundraising items available so check it out while you’re there. You know you need a new hoodie today!

Currituck Animal Shelter has adoptable pets out meeting everyone at the TAC RV Expo today. You can find your new camping buddy! TAC RV is located at 126 Caratoke Highway in Moyock.

Fur-Ever Home Rescue is having an adoption event today. They’ll be at the Pet Supplies Plus on Kempsriver Drive from 10 to 1.

Next Generation Animal Services really needs our help. They need dog and cat fosters to take care of the animals coming in. A pregnant mom cat and 2 senior dogs came in this week. They also need Forti Flora, Authority Kitten, Purina One Healthy Kitten, Pet Tinc, and Nutra Cal. They also need puppy pads and monetary donations to pay vet bills. Their PayPal is Ngas@cox.net.

You still have a bit of time to get started on gift purchases. New Leash K9 Rescue is having a Scentsy fundraiser through the 14th. You know Easter, Mother’s Day, and graduations are coming up. This way you can get gifts and help the rescue at the same time. Check out all the goodies at https://jenniferscott.scentsy.us/party/7525927/new-leash-k-9-rescue.

Forever Home Rescue is having an adoption event this weekend from 12 to 3. You can adopt a great pet for just $20. You do need to fill out an online application and they do a home check. The event is at 4937 Broad Street in Virginia Beach. You can get more info and the adoption application at http://www.foreverhomerehabcenter.com.

That’s it for this weekend! I’ll tell you about the events this past week next week. You’ll be surprised! Or maybe not if you know me.

Love and Tears

This past week has been filled with love and tears. Mostly tears. My best friend, defender, and hero, Macabee died last Tuesday evening. I wanted to tell you all earlier but I just couldn’t write.

Mac had been ill and his legs had stopped working. I was trying to keep him as comfortable as possible at home. I knew he didn’t have too much time left and going to a clinic would have been far too stressful, and painful, for him.

Mac saved my life about 10 years ago. When he came here, I told him he had big shoes to fill because of his name. He definitely filled those shoes more than once. He pulled me out of more nightmares than you can imagine. He could get in my dreams and pull me out like service dogs do for vets with PTSD.

He also gave me the strength and courage to face people everyday even though he was scared of strangers. He was scared of thunderstorms and loud noises too. But he was the bravest dog I have known. His personality and bark were oversized. Even when he was sleeping, you knew he was there.

He loved tennis balls, especially the ones that squeak. He loved walks and the water. And food. There were very few food items he didn’t like. I can only think of 2 he really didn’t like, low-fat pepperoni and Three Dog Bakery Sweet Potato Chews. Everything else was fair game. His favorite job was taste tester for home-made dog food and treats.

The house is way too quiet now. Wink, Miss Kittie, and Skittle have been making sure they’re around and getting cuddles but it just isn’t quite the same. Cats are too independent to fill in for a big dog. Especially one like Mac.

I started this blog to write about Munchkin and Mac and all the things we could do and places we could go. Now they’re both gone. And they’re missed terribly. There will be another dog here soon I hope. I think I’ll start looking this weekend. No one can take Mac’s place but I can help another dog who needs a loving home.

I hope you all have a great week. Take time to enjoy being with your pets. Every minute with them is precious. Their lives are far too short compared to ours so enjoy every minute you can with your furry friends.

Spring?

According to the calendar, it isn’t spring yet. Not for 24 more days. But it sure feels like it! Mac is laying here on his bed and panting a bit. I moved his blanket so he won’t be so hot and making sure he gets enough water. We have some events this weekend so I hope you can get out there and support our local rescues and shelters.

Heritage Humane Society will be at the James City County Recreation Center tomorrow for the Destination Recreation Expo. You can get information on all the events, classes, and camps coming up this year. Don’t forget, HHS has Animal Camps over spring break and during the summer vacation. The recreation center is located at 5301 Longhill Road in Williamsburg and the expo runs from 9 to 12.

K-9 New Life may be having Crock Pot Sunday this week. Stop by Pleasure House Brewery and get some good food, enjoy some music, and meet some adoptable dogs. The food starts at 6 and the cost is just $5. All the money goes to the dog’s care and vet bills. Pleasure House Brewery is located at 3025 Shore Drive in Virginia Beach.

Do you love little tiny kitten furballs? Aren’t they adorable!? If you would like to raise a few until they get new homes, just go to the Foster Orientation tomorrow at Chesapeake Animal Services. They need fosters for these little furballs and will teach you everything you need to know. The orientation is from 10 to 11. CAS is located at 2100 South Military Highway.

Isle of Wight County Humane Society will have adoptable pets out meeting everyone on Sunday. You can meet them at the North Suffolk Petco from 11 to 4. They may also be at the Newport News PetsMart tomorrow.

New Kent Humane Society is having a Mardi Gras Ball tomorrow evening. It will be at the Providence Forge Recreation Association on Carriage Road from 7 to 11. Tickets are $25 each or $40 for a couple. DJ cody will be there and part of the proceeds go to NKHS.

Indian Rivers Humane Society is looking for kitten fosters too. According to Virginia law, kittens can’t be kept in a shelter overnight because there isn’t any food or water, or anyone there to care for them. So the answer is to have fosters available until the kittens are weaned and ready for a new home. If you can help, call IRHS at 804-885-3109 or message them on their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Indian-Rivers-Humane-Society-118273697556/.

Rainbow Animal Rescue will be out with the dogs tomorrow. You can meet them at the Indian River Road Care A Lot from 11 to 2.

Tomorrow is the last day of the Animals in Art showing at Seaside Art Gallery in Nags Head. Check it out while you can! The show benefits Coastal Humane Society. The gallery is located at 2716 South Virginia Dare Trail, Mile Post 11.

Critters 4 U Rescue will be out with the dogs tomorrow. You can meet them at the Hampton Petco from 10 to 12.

Fur-Ever Home Rescue is having a Meet and Greet tomorrow. You can meet some adoptable pets and learn about the rescue at the Kempsriver Drive Pet Supplies Plus from 10 to 2.

Poquoson Animal Welfare Sanctuary is having a kitten shower on Sunday. It’s going to be at The Crabcake House in Poquoson starting at 11. If you bring an item from the wish list you get 10% off your bill. You can also donate through PayPal or send a donation to Poquoson Vet for the rescue. They really need some shallow dishes and shallow litter boxes, KMR powder or cans, Friskies Turkey and Giblet pate or Chicken Pate, Fancy Feast Turkey canned kitten food, Purina Kitten Chow in the yellow bag, toys, micro fleece baby blankets, snuggle safe heat disks, fragrance free baby wipes, Clorox wipes, paper towels, puppy pads, scratchers and scratching pads. You can get the complete list at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Poquoson-Animal-Welfare-Sanctuary/185805908232892?fref=ts. The Crabcake House is located at 1165 Poquoson Avenue.

4 Paws Animal Rescue is having a Meet and Greet tomorrow and Sunday. You can meet some of the adoptable pets at the Newport News Petco. I’m not sure of the time but they will be there both days. Fill out the application and schedule a home visit after you meet a new friend.

Next Generation Animal Services needs our help. They always need food and use Purina One Healthy Kitten and Purina One Chicken and Rice for dogs. They also need puppy pads, scoopable litter, and canned food for cats and dogs. They also need monetary donation for vet bills, heartworm prevention, and meds for senior dogs. Their PayPal is Ngas@cox.net. You could also donate to the vet bill at the vet’s office. They use Animal Clinic of Eagle Harbor. This little rescue would be a good one to donate to monthly and even $5 or $10 a month would help so much.

That’s all I have for this week. Get out and have fun with your pets. They’re only here for a short time.

Learning Curve

Mac isn’t doing well. He may only have a few weeks left here with me and I’m going to miss him terribly when he’s gone. So, I’m trying to keep him as warm and comfortable as possible for as long as he wants to be here.

Taking care of him since he can’t walk anymore has been a real learning experience. You see the videos of dogs and cats with wheel carts doing zoomies all over the place. They’re adorable! But, it takes a lot to keep them healthy and strong enough to pull that cart.

I have checked on carts for Mac but he’s actually stopped moving around. His front legs aren’t strong enough to lift him and keep him up long enough to be in a cart. And that poses some challenges.

First challenge is going potty. When Mac first got wobbly, I would help him outside. I told him he had to make the front legs move and I would get the back legs to follow. That worked for a while and we made it up and down the steps to the deck. But his front legs got weak too and he couldn’t get them to move they way he needed them to.

That’s when I started researching diapers. I got some regular size 4 diapers to try while I was waiting for the belly bands I had ordered to come in. The size 4 diapers worked okay but were a bit small. I have found that size 6 is a good size for a black lab. They need to be changed 3 or 4 times a day, maybe more.

You can use regular baby diapers or you can order washable doggie diapers. Pet Magasin has the best prices and a good selection. That’s who I ordered the belly bands from. They’re washable and you use sanitary napkins inside for extra absorbency. They’re washable and dryable so you may not need too many. I’d recommend 10 belly bands or 20 washable diapers. You can order them at http://www.petmagasin.com.

You also need some waterproof crib mattress pads to cover the doggie beds. And you’ll need several of them. Diapers help a lot but they do leak. And, mattress pads are much more absorbent than newspapers.

I see a lot of dogs with mobility problems wearing onsies on the internet. I always thought they were so cute. But, I found out that onsie isn’t just to help cover the diaper. Dogs with mobility problems or paralysis get very anxious. They can’t get up and run away when they’re scared. And more things scare them now that they can’t go anywhere. A onsie acts kind of like a Thundershirt. It applies pressure and helps the dog feel more secure. I don’t have any onsies so I got Mac a fleece blanket and tuck him in so he feels safer.

There is so much more to learn. I found a great blog that helped me. It’s called Lessons From a Paralyzed Dog and you can read it at https://lessonsfromaparalyzeddog.com/. They also have links to sites with helpful products for dogs and cats with mobility problems.

Next thing to do is check on a vet that can come here. I can’t move Mac by myself. And moving him enough to get him in a car would cause him so much pain because of the arthritis in his spine and hips. I have him on aspirin twice a day and it helps a lot. But moving him like that would be just too painful. So, I’m checking to see what’s available. I’ll let you know what I find out.

I’ll be back tomorrow with the weekend events too. Just for today, give your dog a hug and an extra treat. You don’t know how long they will be here and be healthy enough to enjoy life. Every minute is precious.

Sweet Buddies

I hope everyone had a great Valentine’s day and spent time with their sweet buddies. My sweeties and I stayed home. Mac isn’t very well and we’re trying to keep him as comfortable as possible.

I did tell you that I would share an easy treat recipe for you. These are the World’s Easiest Treats. They’re great for dogs and cats, grain free, and very easy to make.

You need a pound of liver that is cooked, a large can of salmon, or a pound of ground chicken, turkey, beef, or pork that is not cooked. The original recipe called for a pound of liver that you had to puree in a blender. Never again! If you use liver, cook it first and then shred or mash it up. If you’re using canned salmon or mackerel, you can use the liquid in the can with the fish.

Start by preheating the oven to 400 degrees. Spray a 9 by 13 pan, or cover the pan with foil and then spray the foil. Take the meat and put it in a bowl. Add an egg or two, with or without the shells. Mix this all up. Then add 1 ¼ cups of plain instant potato flakes and mix it again. You may need a bit more flakes if there is a lot of liquid in the mix. Spread it all out on the pan and then put it in the oven for 25 to 30 minutes. Let cool on a rack. While it’s still warm, but not hot, peel the foil off. Make sure you don’t leave any foil on the treats. When they’re cool, just cut them apart with a pizza cutter.

These last for about a week in the fridge. You can also freeze them.

I saw on Facebook that this is Homeless Animal Awareness Week. All the local shelters have special events planned and even have some special adoption fees. Stop by a local shelter and pick up an orange ribbon to show your support for the shelter animals. You can also meet some new furry friends and maybe take one home with you.

If you would like to see some animals in art, stop by the Seaside Art Gallery in Nags Head. They’re having an exhibit through February 25th. A portion of the proceeds from any sale featuring animals will benefit Coastal Humane Society. If you can’t get to the gallery, you can check out the art work online at http://www.seasideart.com/. The gallery is located at 2716 South Virginia Dare Trail, Mile Post 11, on the beach road. You can check out Coastal Humane Society at http://www.obxcoastalhumanesociety.org.

If you’re looking for gifts for Easter, Mother’s Day, or a birthday, check out the Scentsy party for GO Rescue. You can find all the goodies at https://loripasternack.scentsy.us/party/7409051/go-rescue-fundraiser.

The World of Pets Expo will be at the Hampton Roads Convention Center this weekend. It starts on Friday and runs through Sunday. I’ll have more info on that later. Have fun this week with your pets!

Hello Sunshine!

And warm weather too! This is a great weekend to go to the World of Pets Expo in Hampton. It’s at the Hampton Roads Convention Center through Sunday. They have DockDogs competitions, exhibitors, cat agility, food, all kinds of goodies, and rescues. It’s just $9 for adults and$5 for kids over 5 years old. And parking is free! Fur-Ever Home Rescue will be there.

If you’re looking for good food on Sunday evening, head over to Pleasure House Brewing. K-9 New Life has Crock Pot Sundays there just about every week and they have loads of good home cooked food. It’s just a $5 donation to the rescue’s medical fund. Food starts at 6 and is available until it’s gone. Pleasure House Brewing is located at 3025 Shore Drive in Virginia Beach.

Animal Aid Society will be out with the dogs tomorrow. You can meet them at the Oyster Point Care A Lot from 11 to 2. And check out the fundraising items!

Chesapeake Animal Services has an adoption special for you. You can adopt a cat or dog for just $25. So go find a friend at 2100 South Military Highway.

Virginia Beach SPCA has a special too! You can adopt a pet and get $14 off the normal adoption fee.

Isle of Wight County Humane Society will be busy this weekend. They’ll have adoptable pets out meeting everyone tomorrow at Pet Paradise in Carrollton from 11 to 3. Then on Sunday, they’ll be at the North Suffolk Petco on University Boulevard from 11 to 4.

Isle of Wight Animal Shelter will have adoptable pets out meeting everyone tomorrow and Sunday. You can meet them at the Newport News PetsMart.

Rainbow Animal Rescue will be out with the dogs tomorrow. You can meet them at the Diamond Springs Road Care A Lot from 11 to 2.

PAWS of Hertford County will have adoptable pets out meeting everyone tomorrow. You can meet them at the Greenbrier PetsMart from 10 to 2. You can get a head start on adopting a furry friend by filling out the application at http://www.pawsofhertfordcounty.org/.

Outer Banks SPCA and Feline Hope will have adoptable pets out meeting people at the Nags Head PetsMart. You can meet them from 11 to 4 tomorrow and Sunday.

SPCA of Northeastern North Carolina has a special for you too. You can adopt certain cats and dogs for just a $14 adoption fee. So go find a new friend! The shelter is located at 102 Enterprise Drive in Elizabeth City. While you’re out, stop by Montero’s and get a take-out order of Butternut Squash Bisque. All proceeds go to the SPCA of NENC. This is good through Sunday.

The Peninsula Regional Animal Shelter is having an adoption event on Sunday. You can meet some of the great dogs at Tradition Brewing Company from 1 to 4. Cubania will be serving up some great Cuban food from 12 to 6. TBC is located at 700 Thimble Shoals Boulevard in Newport News.

Critters 4 U Rescue will have adoptable pets out tomorrow too. You can meet them at the Hampton Petco from 10 to 12.

That’s it for this week! Get out there and have fun with your pets!

 

Find a Furry Valentine!

We have some great events this weekend. If you don’t have a furry Valentine you can find one at these events.

The Pet Castle in Hayes is having a White Bag Sale through Sunday. You get a reusable white Pet Castle bag and everything you can fit in it will be 15% off. So go get some stuff for your furkids. Pet Castle is located at 4123 George Washington Memorial Highway.

Bay Beagle Rescue is having a Bingo fundraiser this Sunday. It will be at VFW Post 4809 on Bartee Street in Norfolk. There will be a lot of great vendors and crafters there with great prizes. Tickets are $15 for 14 games. Refreshments are available for purchase. Doors open at 1:45 and games start at 2:30. Tell them you’re there for Bay Beagle Rescue so the rescue gets the proceeds.

Animal Aid Society will be busy tomorrow. They’re having a Kissing Booth at the Oyster Point Care A Lot from 10 to 1. You can kiss a pup or get a picture of you and your pup in the Kissing Booth. They will also have homemade doggie treats, bandanas, hoodies, and other items available for a donation. I love their t-shirts! So stop by and get a kiss and maybe meet your Valentine.

AAS will also be at the Willow Oaks Farm Fresh in Hampton from 11 to 3 tomorrow and Sunday. They’ll have hoodies, long sleeve t-shirts, bandanas, fleece scarves, cute magnets and jewelry available for donations. This is their Winter and Pre-Valentine’s Fundraiser and all proceeds benefit the dogs at the shelter.

Isle of Wight County Humane Society will have adoptable pets out meeting everyone on Sunday afternoon. You can meet them at the North Suffolk Petco from 11 to 4.

SPCA of Northeastern North Carolina is having their Valentine Special. Select dogs and cats have an adoption fee of just $14. And after you adopt a friend, you get a coupon for 20% off of Sketchers Shoes. The shelter is located at 102 Enterprise Drive in Elizabeth City.

Fur-Ever Home Rescue is having a Meet and Greet tomorrow. You can meet some great adoptable dogs at the Pet Supplies Plus on Kempsriver Drive in Virginia Beach. They’ll be there from 10 to 2.

You need to get your Scentsy order in! Lori donates her commission to GO Pet Rescue to help the dogs. So check it out at https://loripasternack.scentsy.us/party/7409051/go-rescue-fundraiser.

4 Paws Animal Rescue will have adoptable pets out meeting everyone at the Newport News Petco tomorrow and Sunday. You can meet their adorable puppies, dogs, and cats from 9 to 12. They’ll also have their Kissing Booth for puppy kisses.

Ruff Road Pet Rescue is having Yappy Hour tomorrow. There will be food, drinks, and over 25 Silent Auction items you can bid on. They have some great prizes! Tickets are $20 at the door. Yappy Hour will be at Old Donation Episcopal Church, 4449 North Witchduck Road, in Virginia Beach from 4 to 7.

Spike’s K9 Fund is having a K9 House Building Community Event tomorrow to build houses for the Norfolk K9’s. They’re building 14 houses and need your hands, tools, and building experience, or lack or experience. Supplies have been donated and there will be food provided. There will also be a demonstration by the Norfolk Police K9 Unit. So go help build a house and meet some of the officers and K9’s that protect you. The event will be from 9 to 4, rain or shine, at 6101 South Cape Henry Avenue in Norfolk.

By the way, all Petco stores in the area are having pet adoption events this weekend. Your favorite rescue or shelter may be there. So, go check it out and maybe find a new furry Valentine.

That’s it for now. I’m still looking for easy treat you can make for your furry Valentine. And, I’m taking care of Mac and keeping him as comfortable as possible. So get out there, have fun with your pets, and give them a hug. You only have so many chance to do that.