Santa Paws is Coming to Town (2017 dates)

It’s here! Your official list of Santa Paws events throughout the NE Ohio area! I tried to get this out sooner but Christmas comes faster each year it seems. There will be plenty of opportunities this December to get your dog’s photo taken with Santa, so don’t miss out!

If I’ve missed any, let me know in the comments and I will add. You can also visit the calendar for more December event info: https://dogsinthecle.com/dog-friendly-events/

Nov. 18 – Dec. 24

Santa Photos at Crocker Park

LOCATION: Crocker Park Boulevard, Crocker Park Blvd, Westlake (Lake Ridge Academy Santa House)
TIME: Varies, find out more info here: http://www.crockerpark.com/event/metrohealth-santa-house/

Nov. 28

Santa Claus is Coming to Town

LOCATION: Grooming by Jenny, 7085 Brecksville Rd., Independence
Website: http://www.widdowsonphoto.com/where-well-be/#photo=60ea93abf111e0f2f33d38d71b031b5f
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IME: 5- 8pm

Nov. 30, 2017

Santa Photos at Style Mutt

LOCATION: Style Mutt Dog Boutique, Grooming & Daycare, 3525 Warren Rd.
To Make A Reservation: http://www.widdowsonphoto.com/santa17/
TIME: 6pm-9pm

Dec. 2, 2017

Pictures with Santa at the Bark Club

LOCATION: The Bark Club, 33549 Liberty Pkwy, North Ridgeville
Website: https://www.evensi.us/pictures-with-santa-the-bark-club/230123091
TIME: 11am-4:30pm

Photos with Santa Paws to benefit the Cuyahoga County Animal Shelter

LOCATION: Cuyahoga County Animal Shelter, 9500 Sweet Valley Dr, Valley View
Website: https://cuyahogadogs.com/en-US/Home.aspx
TIME: 11am-3pm

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Santa Paws at Ganley

LOCATION: Ganley Subaru 28840 Euclid Ave, Wickliffe
Website: http://cleveland.carpediem.cd/events/3392358-santa-paws-2017-at-ganley-subaru-east/
TIME: 12-4:30 pm

Pictures with Santa at Camp Bow Wow

LOCATION: Camp Bow Wow, 14411 Foltz Pkwy, Strongsville
Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/1665696113489751/
TIME: 12-3pm

Family and Pet Pictures with Santa

LOCATION: The Natural Pet Enrichment Center, 6720 Royalton Rd, North Royalton
Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/327384131003775/ 
TIME: 11am-4:00pm

Dec. 3, 2017

Paws with Claus Pet Photos

LOCATION: Great Northern Mall,  4954 Great Northern Mall, North Olmsted (Enter through the Great Northern Mall Entrance between Dicks Sporting Goods and H&M)
Website: https://www.shoppinggreatnorthernmall.com/media/ho-ho-holidays-santa-arrives-great-northern-mall-plus-pet-photos-jolly-parade-and-more
TIME: 6-8 p.m.

Pictures with Santa at the Bark Club

LOCATION: The Bark Club, 33549 Liberty Pkwy, North Ridgeville, OH 44039
Website: https://www.evensi.us/pictures-with-santa-the-bark-club/230123091
TIME: 11am-4:30pm

Free Photos with Santa at Graf’s Garden Center

LOCATION: Graf’s Garden Shop, Landscape & Farm Market, 1015 White Pond Dr.
Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/2006298959607435/
TIME: 11am-3pm

Photos with Santa Paws to benefit the Cuyahoga County Animal Shelter

LOCATION: Cuyahoga County Animal Shelter, 9500 Sweet Valley Dr, Valley View
Website: https://cuyahogadogs.com/en-US/Home.aspx
TIME: 11am-3 pm

Pet Photos with Santa & Christmas Extravaganza

LOCATION: Paws By the Lake Pet Resort, 33757 Lake Rd, Avon Lake
Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/1702872083092099/
TIME: 12-4:30pm

Santa Paws at Ganley

LOCATION: Ganley Subaru 28840 Euclid Ave, Wickliffe, OH 44092
Website: http://cleveland.carpediem.cd/events/3392358-santa-paws-2017-at-ganley-subaru-east/
TIME: 1
2 – 4:30 pm

Santa Paws at Pet’s General Store

LOCATION: Pet’s General Store, 16821 Madison Ave, Lakewood
Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/1465054626946708/permalink/1492068844245286/
TIME: 1pm-4pm

Picture Your Dog with Santa

LOCATION: Cold Nose Companions Dog Training 12531 GAR Highway (Route 6), Chardon 44024
Website: http://cleveland.carpediem.cd/events/4913386-picture-your-dog-with-santa-at-cold-nose-companions-dog-training/
TIME: 2 pm – 6pm

Dec. 9, 2017

Family and Pet Pictures with Santa

LOCATION: The Natural Pet Enrichment Center, 6720 Royalton Rd, North Royalton
Website: https://www.clevescene.com/cleveland/pet-and-family-photos-with-santa/Event?oid=11580219
TIME: 11am-4:00pm

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Dec. 10, 2017

Pet Photo Night

LOCATION: Great Lakes Mall, Mentor (Dillard’s concourse. Please use the mall entrance next to Tony Sacco’s.)
Website: https://shopgreatlakesmall.com/events-news/event/pet-photo-nights
TIME: 6:30pm-8pm

Photos with Santa Paws to benefit the Cuyahoga County Animal Shelter

LOCATION: Cuyahoga County Animal Shelter, 9500 Sweet Valley Dr, Valley View
Website: https://cuyahogadogs.com/en-US/Home.aspx
TIME: 11am-3pm

Pet Photos with Santa

LOCATION: Lowe’s Greenhouses, Florist & Gift Shop 16540 Chillicothe Rd, Chagrin Falls
Website: http://cleveland.carpediem.cd/events/5094708-pet-photos-with-santa-at-lowes-greenhouses-florist-gift-shop/
TIME: 1pm-3pm

Dec. 12, 2017

Pet Photos with Santa

LOCATION: Windsor Park Estates, 1335 Vale Dr, Akron
TIME: 4pm-6:30pm

Dec. 15, 2017

Photos with Santa Paws to benefit the Cuyahoga County Animal Shelter

LOCATION: Cuyahoga County Animal Shelter, 9500 Sweet Valley Dr, Valley View
Website: https://cuyahogadogs.com/en-US/Home.aspx
TIME: 5:30pm-7:30pm

Dec. 16, 2017 

Pet Photos with Santa

LOCATION: Northern View Villa Apartments 4877 Columbia Rd., North Olmsted
TIME: 10am-1:30pm

Photos with Santa Paws to benefit the Cuyahoga County Animal Shelter

LOCATION: Cuyahoga County Animal Shelter, 9500 Sweet Valley Dr, Valley View
Website: https://cuyahogadogs.com/en-US/Home.aspx
TIME: 11am-3pm

Dec. 17, 2017

Photos with Santa Paws to benefit the Cuyahoga County Animal Shelter

LOCATION: Cuyahoga County Animal Shelter, 9500 Sweet Valley Dr, Valley View
Website: https://cuyahogadogs.com/en-US/Home.aspx
TIME: 11am-3pm

Thanks for gathering these dates Catherine Krzywicki!

My favorite Santa Paws Picture:

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Paint Your Pet (and drink wine!)

As much as I’d love to be, I am really not an artist. I wish I could paint or draw, but I’ve never really excelled at either. Because of this, I was a little nervous to take part in a Paint Your Pet event with Wine & Design. But since it was a fundraiser for the group I foster with, Central Ohio Pomeranian Rescue, I couldn’t really say no.

I’ve only done one other wine and painting event and the combination of my poor artistic skills and a couple glasses of wine resulted in a less than stellar painting. This time I decided to focus more on the painting and less on the wine and the result was pretty good! I also had a great instructor, Natalie (who also fosters with COPR), who helped guide me through the process.

Tada, Roscoe in his full glory!

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In the interest of full disclosure, you do send them a photo and they print out a black and white version that you paint, which makes it much easier than painting it all from scratch. The instructor also provides a lot of tips and tricks to ensure the painting turns out well. All of the paintings turned out really well in our group and would definitely be worthy of hanging on the wall! It was such a fun event, I am looking forward to going back and painting Hunter next. Anytime you can get a group together and drink wine and look at cute pet photos is a good night in my book!

Paint Your Pet is regular occurrence at Wine & Design and other painting places throughout Cleveland. And, if you work with a rescue group or non profit you can organize a Paint Your Pet night to raise funds for your group.

Here are some places around Cleveland that host the events:

Wine & Design Cleveland, Rocky River – The group hosts regular paint your pet nights, check out their calendar for more info: https://wineanddesign.com/calendars/cleveland-west

We contacted them about hosting a fundraiser Paint Your Pet night for Central Ohio Pomeranian Rescue and they were very accommodating, even fitting us into just a regularly scheduled Paint Your Pet when we couldn’t get enough people to host our own event. Typically you need at least 12 people to host a fundraiser, but they can accommodate up to 30.

Artists Uncorked Lakewood – Next event is July 5 http://artistsuncorkd.com/events/paint-your-pet-in-lakewood-27/   They also host fundraisers, email them for more information.

Painting with a Twist, Avon – The next one on June 25 is sold out, but you can get on their waiting list to find out about upcoming Paint Your Pet events here: http://www.paintingwithatwist.com/events/viewevent.aspx?eventID=1177024

Wine & Canvas in Strongsville also has “Paint Whatever You Want” nights and opportunities to host fundraisers at their facility. You can find out more here: https://www.wineandcanvas.com/fundraising-cleveland-akron-oh.html

Now I just have to decide where to hang this Roscoe painting….

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#Dogs4Cavs Part 2

It’s been a pretty stressful NBA finals so far, but I know two dogs who are very excited about the Cavs being in Game 6 of the NBA Finals tonight!cavs fans

Dogs all around Cleveland are pretty excited about this year’s finals and dressing up to show their support for the Cavs winning their first NBA championship. I received several photos of dogs dressed up for the game, including a few adoptable dogs looking for a home for Game 6.

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And these Cavs fans watching the game from the Cuyahoga County Animal Shelter but hoping for a home for the rest of the series.

 

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Meet Martha! She loves people and dogs and might be the perfect fit for your family. Meet Martha Kai in Kennel #6. http://cuyahogadogs.com/en-US/Adopt-Me.aspx

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Meet Sosa! He is a 3 1/2 year old Pit Bull/American Bulldog mix male. This striking guy with the ice blue eyes will give you plenty of reasons to smile! He loves rolling around in the grass and likes nice long walks. He will need some training with accepting restraint so we feel that a home without young children would be best. Come meet this stunning guy in kennel #37. http://www.cuyahogadogs.com/en-US/Adopt-Me.aspx

 

yale

Yale is a 3 year old Pit Bull male. This guy has an amazing blue and white coat that will catch your eye for sure. He is a playful guy who is looking forward to the next chapter in his young life. Could that be with you? Yale is in kennel #46 ready to meet you. http://www.cuyahogadogs.com/en-US/Adopt-Me.aspx

Go Cavs!

Dogs of Spain and Portugal

Sorry for the long break guys! I was on vacation for two weeks and then had trouble getting back into my routine again. I’ve never been away that long from home, and from my pups, so when I got back I just wanted to relax and spend some time with them.

I had a great vacation though, so it was well worth the time away. Although I love to travel, it’s a little harder now with two dogs. When it was just Hunter I didn’t worry as much about leaving him with family or friends, but once I adopted Roscoe I realized that I needed to find someone who could handle two dogs and would be sensitive to Roscoe’s quirks (ie: not picking him up, not walking towards him, generally just leaving him alone until he crawls over to you and begs for snuggles and pets. He’s kind of like a cat.) Luckily, I found a great pet sitter through Rover.com, Leigh (who also owns Bouncing Light/Chewbone Studio), so I feel comfortable leaving my pups and traveling a little more now. And, she sends me great pictures! It’s a win-win all around. (Here’s her Rover profile if you’re in the market: https://www.rover.com/members/leigh-d-quality-care-with-fenced-yard/)

Luckily I got to see plenty of dogs on my vacation in Spain and Portugal. I was so blown away by how dogs were EVERYWHERE, especially in Barcelona. I couldn’t go anywhere without seeing a dog, usually one that was walking off-leash with his or her owner. Usually seeing dogs off leash makes me nervous, but in Barcelona in particular, all of the dogs were very well trained and focused on their walks, rarely noticing dogs or people around them. I really wanted to stop and ask the owners how they trained them so well, but since my Spanish is not very good, I didn’t.

I also noticed that no one seemed very interested in the dogs when they were out on a walk, which I feel is very different than in the states. When I am out walking my dogs, or sitting with them somewhere, people often stop and want to pet them or say something. I never saw that happen in Spain and Portugal — maybe because it is so common to see dogs everywhere. It might be one of the reasons  the dogs seem to be so well behaved, because they don’t get as much outside attention. Whatever it is, it was an interesting contrast to the states.

Since I had to get my fill of dog photos even while being away from my dogs, I took a few photos for you.

This puppy I did stop to pet because he seemed very interested in me and he reminded me of Roscoe. I hope he wasn’t a stray, but it was hard to tell.

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Not something you’d usually see in the states – an older man carrying a small poodle in a bag. Loved it!

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A tribute to dogs and cats on the beach in Cascais, Portugal.

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A photo montage of dogs in Barcelona, a few on leash!

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If you want to see better photos of dogs all around the world, check out this photo project by Jesse Hunter “All the Dogs in the World” http://www.alltheloveintheworld.co/product/all-the-dogs-in-the-world-signed-by-the-author

It’s pretty cool to see how the love for dogs transcends different cultures!

 

For the Love of Peanut Butter

So you’ve probably heard about the photo book, For the Love of Peanut Butter, that local photographer Greg Murray is working on. In the last few weeks his project has made not just national news, but international news as well. The project has been covered by the Huffington Post, Mashable, New Day UK and numerous local TV news stations.

Greg sent out a call for dogs to be in the book about a month ago, so of course I had to sign up my boys. If there’s anything going on involving dogs in Cleveland, they have to be a part of it! I brought both of them to the photo shoot, thinking that it might be hard to get a good shot of Roscoe, since he is so shy and fearful. Turns out I was totally wrong. Roscoe was a total natural, while Hunter decided he is totally over being a dog model.

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“Stop forcing me to be a dog model, Mom!”
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“Will work for peanut butter”

Hunter was the fearful one who would not sit still for a photo. I should’ve known based on his past studio modeling appearances, but my inner stage(dog)mom always comes out and I think he can do it. He’s just so photogenic when he can sit still! He was not a fan of the flash though and was too freaked out. Even the peanut butter wouldn’t motivate him past a certain point.

Greg got a great shot of Roscoe that will be in the book though. (Not  the one above, although it is pretty great.) You’ll have to wait until the book comes out to see it and the 100 other local dogs that will all be featured!

Greg has a kickstarter going to raise funds for the project. Although there are no spots left for dogs to be in the book, you can reserve a copy of the book, or a calendar, and support him here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/fortheloveofpb/for-the-love-of-peanut-butter-a-photo-book

The book will be for sale starting late this summer.

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To see more photos and follow along with the project, follow Greg on Facebook and Instagram at clegreg.

Here’s Hunter’s one shot, before he decided he was totally over it.

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“Will not work for peanut butter”

Happy Holidays!

You know you “might” be a crazy dog lady when you buy Christmas gifts for your dogs, hide them from them and then get mad when they go upstairs and “see” them…

Well, I guess me being a crazy dog lady wasn’t really a question to begin with, but it was still amusing to me. I just love my pups and want them to have a great Christmas – is that so wrong?

So far, we’ve had a really great start to our holiday season. This year, for the first time, we went to get our pictures taken with Santa Paws. Santa Paws was actually our friend Catherine, which was pretty much the main reason I went (other than knowing it would also result in a really great picture). I am so pleased with the photos!  Roscoe looks so much more comfortable than he did when we went to see the Easter Bunny (also Catherine).

Photos taken by Portraits by Martha

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And, forever immortalized on an ornament. I don’t think Hunter loved his reindeer ears…

 

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This year I also got Hunter and Roscoe their very own stockings from the Naughty Mutt shop on Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheNaughtyMutt?ref=l2-shopheader-name

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I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season with your family this year, whatever form that family may be! Hunter, Roscoe and I wish you peace, love and happiness!

Dog-Friendly Office Spotlight: Embrace Pet Insurance

I am so jealous of people that can bring their dogs to work. The sad face my dog gives me on my way out the door to work pretty much makes me want to quit my job and stay home with him every time.

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I’ll just wait for you here all day. Again.

 

There are so many benefits to having dogs at work – stress relief, team bonding, allowing employees to have more flexibility and, of course, cute dogs to look at all day! It sounds pretty great to me, and I know Hunter (maybe not Roscoe) would love to go to work with me.

Recently, I posted on Facebook asking what offices around Cleveland are dog friendly and got a few responses back. In order to spread the word about the benefits of the dog-friendly office, I am starting a new feature – the Dog-Friendly Office Spotlight. First up – Embrace Pet Insurance. Embrace is located on the east side and has been pet-friendly since the company opened, allowing employees to bring in dogs, cats or any other household pet. I sent some questions to Lead Content Strategist, Sara Radak, to get an idea of how their pet policy works and what some of the best things are about having pets in the office.

Read on to learn more about the dog-friendly culture at Embrace.

What pets have you had in the Embrace office?
Any household pet is welcome to visit. We’ve had cats, rabbits, bearded dragons, hamsters, and more. We have a small conference room that is the home to foster cats (currently from the Parma Animal Shelter, although we’ve worked with Berea ARF as well).

Why did Embrace decide to allow pets in the office?
Embrace is a company that’s founded on the importance of the animal-human bond. We share our lives with our pets and, at Embrace, that includes our work lives.

Are there any rules for bringing pets to work? Can employees do it whenever they want or only on certain days?
We have guidelines in our employee handbook. Each department has a fence around it and dogs must stay within the fence unless they are with their pet parent. They must be up to date on vaccines and healthy. Employees are encouraged to check in with others in their department before bringing their dog as not every pup enjoys company.

Dogs are welcome any day of the week. About once a month, we’ll have a cat-only day when felines rule the roost.

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Has there ever been issues among the dogs?
There has been the occasional skirmish between dogs when personalities didn’t mix or play turned into something one dog isn’t comfortable with. Staff members are generally aware of their dog’s trigger points and work to avoid them. Thankfully, we’ve never had any major injuries and we continue to refine our policies and safety precautions to keep it that way.

What advice would you have for a company considering being pet-friendly?
I actually was just quoted in an article about that very topic. I think there’s some great advice in the article (and not just mine!): http://www.cio.com/article/3000115/staff-management/14-rules-for-creating-a-bring-your-dog-to-work-policy.html

Do you have any play areas or activities for the dogs?
Besides the fenced-in department areas, we don’t have specific areas for dogs to play. We do have a large open area at one end of our office that has many uses, including a great place for fetch.

Do you have any funny stories of something a pet did in the office?
We do yoga in the office and sometimes the pets like to join in – show their downward dog, climb up on those practicing, etc.

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What is the biggest benefit of a pet-friendly office?

I’d say the biggest benefit of having pets at work is the excuse to get up from your desk and take a short break – whether it’s to play, take them for a walk, or just outside to do their business. We all need to get away from our work occasionally – I think it allows us to be more productive when we get back to work.

Do you work at a pet-friendly office? I’d love to hear about it! Contact me at contact@dogsinthecle.com.

Photos courtesy of Embrace Pet Insurance

Unexpected Ways Having a Dog Made My Life Better

I can be a bit of a dog pusher. I realize this about myself and feel bad sometimes after I’ve gone on and on to a friend or family member about how they should get a dog. I just know that I definitely didn’t expect all the ways that my dog would make my life better before I got him, so I sometimes think others may not know how great having a dog really is.

But now, I have a Harvard study to back up my claims about how beneficial having a dog really is! I will try not to let this make my dog-pushing worse, but come on, it’s a Harvard study backing up everything us dog lovers know to be true! That feels pretty vindicating.

I wholeheartedly agree with everything in this study. Having a dog has made me more active, made me more social and made me happier. I loved having a dog so much after adopting Hunter that I had to have another! And it’s true, having two dogs is even better than having one (that will be the next Harvard study, just wait).

Of course it’s not always fun and games and there are a lot of stressful times and sacrifices you have to make. But for me, the rewards are worth it. When you have a smiling dog so happy to see you when you get home and someone to snuggle with you on the couch, the sacrifice is all worth it.

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Photo taken by Leigh Demshar of Chewbone Studio. Leigh is also a pet sitter on Rover.com and took this wonderful photo for me when she was watching them this summer. Check her out at http://bouncinglightphoto.com

 

There are so many ways my dogs have changed my life, but some of them I didn’t really expect. Here are some of the unexpected ways my dogs have changed my life for the better:

I explore more

I remember telling a friend before I adopted Hunter that I didn’t want a really active dog, that I couldn’t picture myself playing catch with a dog at the park. Well, Hunter isn’t really into catch, but if he was, I would definitely take him to the park to play. I’ve realized that seeing my dog happy, makes me happy, so I will pretty much try anything to keep him entertained. We have visited almost every Metropark, tried bootcamp all the way across town, done trick training classes, gone to playgroups, taken road trips. My dogs have definitely gotten me out exploring a lot more than I expected.

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I don’t mind staying in

I used to hate when I didn’t have plans on Friday or Saturday night. Now I can’t wait to get home and spend the night with my dogs. I just need more friends that want to just come over and hang out with my dogs, because most of the time that’s all I want to do.

I want to save them all

I didn’t know much about animal rescue before adopting Hunter. I knew about puppy mills, but that’s about it. Hunter wasn’t adopted from a shelter or a rescue group, but instead from a friend that had taken him in after her friend gave him up. As I got more involved in the dog community after adopting him, I realized that if a dog like Hunter could be given up, there must be lots of great dogs that need help finding a family. Last year I started fostering for Central Ohio Pomeranian Rescue and it’s been one of the best experiences of my life. Not only have I met some great dogs and made friends, I met this little guy who has brought me so much joy.

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Photo taken by Brittany Graham of Boots and Bee Photography (http://www.bootsandbee.com)

 

I feel more settled

I used to be restless, always wanting to move to a new city or find a new job. Adopting Hunter and Roscoe has made Cleveland feel like home and I feel more settled than I have at any other point in my life. When you live alone, having a dog makes your house feel like home.

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Photo taken by Brittany Graham of Boots and Bee Photography (http://www.bootsandbee.com)

 

What ways has your dog improved your life that you didn’t expect?

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.

The Winner – Cleveland’s Top Dog (and other photos from the weekend)

Congratulations to Frankie – the winner of the Cuyahoga County Library’s photo contest and the new “Top Dog” of the library! Frankie will be featured on special-edition library cards coming out later this fall.

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In honor of National Library Card Sign-Up Month, the CCPL ran a “Top Dog” photo contest, asking Clevelanders to submit their dogs for voting. This past Friday the top five dogs gathered at the Parma-Snow Branch of the library for the “Top Dog” event, which featured games, vendors and the final judging for the “Top Dog.” I was asked to be a judge in the contest, along with Chomps from the Cleveland Browns and Ann Schaefer, a volunteer from the Cuyahoga County Animal Shelter.

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Lining up to get their photos taken to be featured on a library card

Although it was a tough to choose between all of the great dogs that entered the photo contest, Frankie had the best library-related inspirational story. When Frankie began to lose control of his legs, his parents turned to the library to research what they could do for him. Their research led them to find a treatment that has helped him to walk again.

If you missed out on the event last Friday, you still have a chance to get your dog’s photo on your library card. Stop by the Parma-Snow Branch this Saturday, Sept. 19th from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and they’ll photograph your dog and print you a custom library card.

It was a lot of fun being a judge at the event. I was so impressed with the turnout considering the crappy weather we had that day. So many cute dogs, I wished they all could win!

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The weekend’s other big event – Love-A-Stray’s Big Splash

I was so impressed with how Clevelanders made the best of the awful weather we had this past weekend. After Friday’s fun event (which had a good turnout despite the impending rain and then the downpour that started right at the end), I decided to take Hunter to Love-A-Stray’s Dog swim at the Avon Lake Municipal Pool on Saturday afternoon, thinking there wouldn’t be many people there. I figured we would just walk around and check out the contests and vendors. Much to my surprise, there were tons of dogs and people enjoying the pool! Since Hunter loves the water, and cold weather, he had no issue with taking a swim in 60 degree weather. All the dogs were having such a blast that it really reinforced a great lesson that dogs can teach you: to make the best out of every situation. A little rain and cool temps didn’t spoil those dogs from having a good time!

Besides the swimming, there were also a number of contests including a dog bathing suit show!

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Photo of Frankie courtesy of the Cuyahoga County Public Library.