A DogTV Valentine’s Day

I have been trying to find information on dog television, since before Oreo passed, to help ease the Terrible Trio’s anxiety when Ernest and I left the house .  I recently found a pic on Facebook (see previous Inside Out) that was supplied by DogTV.  So I am going to let you wonderful pet parents and/or pet admirers check it out.  Below is their woofingly anticipated Dog‘s Valentine’s Day edition.

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Happy Valentine’s Day!


Victories in the Animal World (and other stuff)

Researching bonding between pets and their pet parents.

Researching bonding between pets and their pet parents.

I’m sorry to let you know that I have still been unable to write a real Puppy Dog Tales story about the three Holy Terrors, or even one about the Adorable Dogly Duo.  I know it is coming, but the grieving isn’t finished yet.  I don’t want to write a lot of tear-jerking articles.  Those get old pretty fast.

I do want to write an article about the grieving process, because I have been quite surprised by mine and have done some research about it to find out why I have responded to Oreo’s passing the way I have.  Pet parents who have gone through a similar experience might find this interesting.

Also coming down the blogging trail in the new, not necessarily improved, but always (I hope) interesting, Puppy Dog Tales will  be articles about other pets, broadening PDT’s horizon to include all animals, although the focus will remain on dogs.

English: American pit bull terrier (named Tutt...

American pit bull terrier (named Tuttle) seated. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A new book of interest to pet parents, actually probably of interest to all animal lovers, is the story of Galunker, a zany pit bull, who came to the painful realization that he was judged for what people thought he was (vicious and mean) instead of what he really was (sweet and loveable).  The authors, Douglas Anthony Cooper and Dula Yavne, have shown the truth about pit bulls in this charming children’s book, which will be released this month.  In an exclusive interview, co-author Douglas Anthony Cooper tells about the writing of Galunker, why it was necessary and how the story unfolded.

English: East Grand Forks, MN, 04/01/1997 -- D...

East Grand Forks, MN, 04/01/1997 — Dave Pauli of the Humane Society of the United States proudly shows off a rescued pet. Animal rescue operations in the Grand Forks area continued for several days. Photo by: DAVID SAVILLE/FEMA News Photo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Rescue stories will also play a part in future Puppy Dog Tales editions.  In keeping with this direction and in order to give you something enjoyable to watch in this edition, I am including below a video from The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).  Watching the narrator recount The HSUS’s victories for animals in 2014 and its plans for more applause-worthy efforts in 2015 brought tears to my eyes.  Trite as that sounds, it really happened.  Let’s see if you can get through this video without any eye moisture whatsoever.  As long as they are tears of joy, it’s okay.  I hope you enjoy this.

(Please note that publishing day for Puppy Dog Tales has been changed from Sunday to Tuesday.)

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(Vol. 14.12-1, Dec. 8, 2014)


Galunker Is Coming

Galunker is coming, but I don’t know when.  I can hardly wait…and I’m pretty sure you will love it.  Here’s how it all started.

I was recently invited by the Publicity Rep for Douglas Anthony Cooper (author) and Dula Yavne (artist) to interview these creators of a wonderful children’s book called Galunker. Galunker is a pit bull who is hated by a lot of people just because he is a pit bull.  It’s a great story with terrific art.  Pardon me for such superlative type language, but previewing the nearly finished product brought tears to my eyes.

I have sent out the questionnaire to Cooper, the author, who is a Canadian, presently in the south of Mexico, and Yavne, the artist, who is living in Tel Aviv.  Because of the current war, communications are not freely flowing.  Hence, the uncertainty of when the information will come.  I’m wishing Dula all the best, and when we get the info, I promise you an interview worth reading.

animalframeIn the meantime, follow this link to view a bit about Galunker the dog and Cooper and Yavne.  And keep your eyes peeled for GALUNKER!!

The Story of Adam & Eve’s Pets


Adam and Eve.

Adam and Eve.:  “We are lonesome here…”  (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Adam and Eve said, ‘Lord, when we were in the garden, you walked with us every day. Now we do not see you any more. We are lonesome here, and it is difficult for us to remember how much you love us.’

And God said, I will create a companion for you that will be with you and who will be a reflection of my love for you, so that you will love me even when you cannot see me. Regardless of how selfish or childish or unlovable you may be, this new companion will accept you as you are and will love you as I do, in spite of yourselves.’

And God created a new animal to be a companion for Adam and Eve.

And it was a good animal and God was pleased. 

It was a good animal.  (Photo credit: posterize | FreeDigitalPhotos.net)

And it was a good animal…  (Photo credit: posterize | FreeDigitalPhotos.net)

And the new animal was pleased to be with Adam and Eve and he wagged his tail.

And Adam said, ‘Lord, I have already named all the animals in the Kingdom and I cannot think of a name for this new animal.’

And God said, ‘I have created this new animal to be a reflection of my love for you, his name will be a reflection of my own name, and you will call him DOG.’ (read in reverse: God)

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“…and you will call him DOG.”  (Photo credit: SOMMAI | FreeDigitalPhotos.net)

And Dog lived with Adam and Eve and was a companion to them and loved them.

And they were comforted.

And God was pleased.

And Dog was content and wagged his tail.

An angel came to the Lord... (Photo credit: farconville | FreeDigitalPhotos.net

…an angel came to the Lord… (Photo credit: farconville | FreeDigitalPhotos.net)

After a while, it came to pass that an angel came to the Lord and said, ‘Lord, Adam and Eve have become filled with pride. They strut and preen like peacocks and they believe they are worthy of adoration. Dog has indeed taught them that they are loved, but perhaps too well.’

And God said, I will create for them a companion who will be with them and who will see them as they are. The companion will remind them of their limitations, so they will know that they are not always worthy of adoration.’

And God created CAT to be a companion to Adam and Eve.  

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And God created CAT…

And Cat would not obey them. And when Adam and Eve gazed into CAT’s eyes, they were reminded that they were not the supreme beings.

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…when Adam and Even gazed into CAT’s eyes… (Photo credit: sippakorn | FreeDigitalPhotos.net

And Adam and Eve learned humility.

And they were greatly improved.  

And God was pleased.

And Dog was happy.  

And Cat . . .

CAT didn't give a sh*t one way or the other. (Photo credit:  num_sikora | FreeDigitalPhotos.net

CAT didn’t give a sh*t one way or the other. (Photo credit: num_skyman | FreeDigitalPhotos.net)


didn’t give a sh*t one way or the other.






What’s the best antidepressant in the world?

"I love you."  (Photo credit:  Northeast Animal Shelter)

“I love you.” (Photo credit: Northeast Animal Shelter)


George the Dog Helps Homeless Papa

animalframeHundreds of rag-to-riches stories tumble through the internet and onto our computer screens.  I am grateful for them.  After news abounding with so many horrifying stories, it’s great to know someone has hit the jackpot.  How was anyone to know that gorgeous George would be the doggie leprechaun to hand the pot of gold over to his papa, John, no strings attached?  All it required was some artistic effort on John’s part to change his (and George’s) life forever.  Here’s the story:

John Dolan and George the Dog on Shoreditch High Street [London, England] Copyright notice from Wikipedia:  The copyright holder of this file, Will Robson Scott, allows anyone to use it for any purpose, provided that the copyright holder is properly attributed. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:John_Dolan_and_George_the_Dog_on_Shoreditch_High_Street.jpeg
John Dolan and George the Dog on Shoreditch High Street [London, England]
Copyright notice from Wikipedia: The copyright holder of this file, Will Robson Scott, allows anyone to use it for any purpose, provided that the copyright holder is properly attributed. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:John_Dolan_and_George_the_Dog_on_Shoreditch_High_Street.jpeg

Homeless Man Turns His Life Around By Creating Drawings of His Dog*

by Grieves, Deirdre

*(Article originally published at Pet360)

Three years ago, John Dolan was homeless and living on the streets of London. He was battling drug abuse and a life of crime that resulted in multiple prison stays. It was a vicious cycle and Dolan didn’t think there was any way out.

But one day a fellow homeless woman gave Dolan a Staffordshire Bull Terrier puppy named George, and that’s when his life began to change.

According to the Guardian, when Dolan was entrusted to watch over George, he had the realization that if he went back to prison, there would be no one to look after his dog.

So Dolan cleaned up his act. He began to draw sketches of George while begging on the street and people started buying them for a couple dollars here and there.

Then, a chance encounter with Richard Howard-Griffin, a street art connoisseur and gallery owner, marked the beginning of a whole new life for Dolan and his dog. Howard-Griffin decided to show Dolan’s illustrations and art at his Shoreditch neighborhood gallery. The show sold out and Dolan quickly skyrocketed to success in the art world.

Now, some of Dolan’s drawings sell for thousands of dollars and the success has helped Dolan and George get off the streets. Dolan recently wrote a book about his struggles and successes called “John and George: The Dog Who Changed My Life.” Dolan will soon host his first gallery show abroad in Los Angeles.

Dolan credits George with saving his life. “I feel like he’s a guardian angel,” he told reporters. “If it hadn’t been for him I’d have never picked up my pen.”

Check out John’s sketches of George the Dog here!

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