Category Archives: Adopt and Rescue
Today I was moved to tears when I saw a short news clip featuring a dog in a highway who gets struck by a car. As he lays there, another dog comes and drags him off the road using his paws. It is truly remarkable and touching– all caught on video.
Click to watch it HERE and share it with friends. It will bring a smile to your face because you see a brush of death, and simple kindness from these wonderful animals we love.
In grade school, I once had the chance to save a cat that had been hit by a car. It was at an church event, and on the playground we spotted an unmoving cat on the street. Everyone was afraid to touch it, but it hurt my heart more seeing it not get help. I remember finding a blanket and picking it up and placing it in the kitchen counter. The other children were afraid of the bloody eye and broken paw. I don’t remember how bloody it was, just that it was almost hopeless. All I could do was wash it off, calm it and speak to her soothingly. We handed her to the care of some parents.
In the past years, I’ve picked up a couple stray dogs off the street. Here’s Dumb-Dumb, a simpleton sweet white fluffy boy who loved to snuggle. Foxy was so jealous of him! He had been living near a Car Wash for a week according to the employees there. He was covered in soot, his fur was dread locked, and he smelled really bad! Turned out he had been micro-chipped and I delivered him to his happy owners. They hadn’t seen him in six months! Here he is after his bath and haircut!
At work a few years ago, my boss came in and asked if my dog was lost. nope, Foxy was with me at the office. Turns out he had spotted a small dog running along the busy road near our warehouse. Foxy and I went out to find her. She wouldn’t approach me right away, until I let Foxy out to calm her down. This big puppy girl had beautiful light green eyes. She was a little fearful but got along with Foxy (pictured as a puppy) and the foster dog I had at the time (Nacho the Chihuahua). We took her to the local shelter where she was sure to find a home since she was an adorable puppy.
A few months ago, I saved a dog after she’d already been injured. My roommate and I were driving home from visiting the pet store when we saw a stray dog wandering in a busy six lane street. “Oh no..” we uttered together as she walked amongst the traffic and darted cars as they slammed on their brakes. We stopped the car and decided to try to capture her. She ran from us both, and when I grabbed at her, she snapped at me lightly. My adrenaline pumped as cars started pulling up behind us. I worried they’d honk, but at least they slowed down. Another woman coming from on coming traffic also stopped, got out of her car and called out to the dog. Even with treats she was hard to catch. When I finally got her we took her home and gave her a bath. Her eye was injured with the skin flipping out a little, we guessed she’d been hit already.
I immediately posted these pictures of her on Craigslist. She looked like a Corgi sized german shepherd. I called her Lola.
While I was at work, Lola started barking non stop. This caused the other 3 dogs in our house to also bark. It was not tolerable, and finally my roommate took Lola to the Pasadena Humane Society. The happy ending was, that although no one came to claim her, someone took interest in her from the Craigslist ad. This gentleman went to Pasadena Humane Society and tracked Lola down. Although it didn’t end the way I expected (lost dog reunited with loving family), life has a way of giving you better happy endings right? The best ones are the ones you didn’t expect!
Have you ever had a favorite song that’s in a foreign language, wonder what it was about, look up the lyrics, find it speaks to you and love the song that much more? That happened to me today. My project went from a simple slideshow and quickly became more complicated as I played with the software. I started adding music, transitions, ohh it was great fun. Then
Here I was, editing the video and photo slideshow of footage and pictures from a recent volunteer trip to Beagles n Buddies. I almost went with Mariah Carey’s Hero, but it was sad. The song that fit the length of the video was a happy song in Portuguese. I Google translated the lyrics because wanted to know if it was a love song, as well as make sure there was nothing inappropriate in it!
It turned out to be MORE than appropriate! So much so that I wanted to put the lyrics out on my blog, as well as add subtitles to the video. The song is called Charity. It is about helping those in need. I think being a giver is a sign of strength, and this charity should be shared with all living things (human or dogs)! This is my first imovie experiment, hope you all enjoy it! FoxyPetPhotos visits Beagles n Buddies
Caridade by Beth Carvalho
Porteugese to English Translation
Não sei negar esmola
I do not know how to deny alms
A quem implora a caridade
To those who ask for charity
Me compadeço sempre de quem tem necessidade
I always pity those in need
Embora algum dia eu receba ingratidão
Although some days I receive ingratitude
Não deixarei de socorrer a quem pedir o pão
I will certainly help those who ask for bread
Eu nunca soube evitar de praticar o bem
I never knew how to avoid doing good
Porque eu posso precisar também
Why would I need to?
Sei que a maior herança que eu tenho na vida
I know that the greatest legacy that I have in life
É meu coração, amigo dos aflitos
Is my heart, friend of the afflicted
Sei que não perco nada em pensar assim
I know I do not lose anything to think this
Porque amanhã não sei o que será de mim.
Because I don’t know what will become of me tomorrow
Life opens doors for you all the time. You have to be awake; your eyes open, to see the opportunities. I don’t know what my ultimate destination is, but each door is leading me and I’m on my way- step by step!
Last weekend while shopping for groceries I chanced upon a nice lady running an adoption event in front of the market. I had been looking for the right group to volunteer with, but was waiting to hear back from places that had too many volunteers. I introduced myself and told the volunteer that I’m a pet photographer and I want to help! Beagles and Buddies in El Monte is a no kill dog sanctuary that just happened to be looking for someone to help photograph the dogs. The dogs that still hadn’t had a picture taken for the website had almost no chance to be adopted since many people look online before going to the shelters.
I stopped by the dog sanctuary in the middle of the week to check out the facility and introduce myself. It’s not fancy, not particularly well funded, not as comfortable as other shelters/SPCA/rescues I’ve volunteered for, but I saw that as all the more reason why I was needed. The dogs were treated with care. I walked thru the grounds and half way thru had to stop because I was crying. Most dogs were crying out because they wanted and missed human touch. They wanted me to pet them. Two couples were visiting to adopt from a gang of Corgis recently rescued from a backyard Corgi collector.
Here’s a video of my walk thru– it’s what you’d see and hear walking thru one side before I had to stop and compose myself before anyone saw me. I added pictures and a great song about Charity. http://vimeo.com/26660771
The beagles and all their buddies (ranging from terriers to german shepherds, pit bulls to poodles) were behind bars for no fault of their own. They’ve committed no crime. They were either rescued from inhumane living conditions, or given up because their owners couldn’t or didn’t want to care for them anymore. When I actively fostered dogs, I saw that good or bad dog behavior is often a result of good or bad parenting from the human owners. This was what made me so sad. These animals are sweet and loving by nature– we bred them this way. Someone either irresponsibly breed their dog, did not spay/neuter, or think twice before taking a puppy home.
I’ve been reading “How to Behave So Your Dog Behaves” by Sophia Yin, D.V.M. which goes into the science behing the reason that successful pet parents don’t have to scream at their pets. It’s about how to chance the behavior of your dog by changing our own underlying behavior. I only wish that more people realized what it takes to care for another living thing before they take it on.
This weekend my cousin and I went to spend a few hours at Beagles and Buddies. I took some pictures for their website, in hopes that the pictures will let people know that there are sweet doggies of all kinds looking for you. I posted the best takes from my photo shoot on my Flickr stream. Here are a few of the furry friends looking for forever homes. Please consider adopting.