Friday’s Fido Film (January 24, 2014)

A dear friend and fellow animal lover of mine posted this video on Facebook a while back…and I just came across it again while working on the blog.  Usually, I try to keep things more fun and upbeat for my Friday posts, but I LOVE this video.

Warning – I cry every time I see this video (but – full disclosure – I am a crier!)  First, I cry tears realizing how some of us humans can simply abandon other living creatures (or not even stop to help.)  Then I cry at how amazing dogs are…show them just the slightest compassion and they will show you their infinite ability to love.  Finally, I cry seeing how easily that love and compassion can be passed on to someone else.  (I believe caring is contagious in dogs AND humans.)

What do you think?

(Don’t forget to hop on over to the Hope for Paws website and show them some support!)

Friday’s Fido Film (January 17, 2014)

I can’t remember who sent this to me (as you can imagine – every friend/family member/blog reader/client sends me dog videos and pictures…and I LOVE that!), but this should make your Friday.  I wouldn’t mind having one of these guys around.

After you finish this video…your going to want to head over to Jesse’s YouTube Channel and subscribe immediately.  This little guy even has his own website.  (I can see why!)

That’s one smart Jack Russell!

Stunning Photos of Photographers’ Daughter with Animals

Many of you have probably already seen these amazing pictures…but even if you have, they are worth a second look.  The pictures were taken in Nambia, Africa by French nature photographers who decided to raise their daughter, Tippi, alongside the native people and animals of the land.

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Tippi: My Book of Africa is a book chronicling Tippi Benjamine Okanti Degre first ten years of life as she was raised in the African bush.  She lived in a tent with her two parents…but had the freedom to roam among nature and animals.  She was therefore always at ease with animals; she had no fear.

Not only are the pictures visually stunning, but they also make you ponder how differently lives are led across the globe.  Makes you wonder if we really need all this “stuff” to be happy (says the girl typing on her brand new Mac Book Pro.)   Makes you realize how natural our relationship with animals can be…if we are raised to believe it should be so.

If anything they are simply beautiful shots to please your eye and get you going this Monday morning,  Enjoy!

 

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See the more information and many more beautiful pictures here or here.

Online Dating – Gone to the Dog Lovers

Being home all day, every day, to take care of Sebastian means lots of horrible daytime TV.  Lots of horrible daytime TV means…horrible daytime TV commercials.  Seriously!  I think I’ll go insane if I see another commercial for how to turn my structured settlement or annuity into “cash now” or how to sue a pharmaceutical company for a drug that may or may not have actually caused me any physical pain.

But a few days ago I saw a commercial that not only had I never seen, it actually caught my attention.

mustlovedogsYou Must Love Dogs Dating!  (www.youmustlovedogsdating.com) “In order to find someone who is perfect for you, the key is to find someone who is passionate about similar things,” reads their website.  Must Love Dogs promises that by joining their dating site, you are guaranteed at least one thing in common with your prospective honey – a love of man’s best friend.  For just $9.95 a month (of course, you get a month trial for free!), you can set up a profile describing  you AND your dog(s), along with a photo gallery of pictures of you AND your dog(s). “Other dating sites try to sell you the opportunity to connect with the woman or man of your dreams”…but at Must Love Dogs “a connection for you and your dog is what we have to offer.”

To my surprise, in looking into details about You Must Love Dogs Dating…I found another website that caters to dog-loving singles.  Meet Dog Lovers (www.meetdoglovers.com) states “generic online dating services will have you browsing through tons of personal ads in search of that special person who shares your interest and your love of dogs”…so “stop wasting time going on dates with people who simply don’t understand the bond between you and Fido.”

To my even BIGGER surprise – a little more Googling, digging, and clicking reveled more than a few online dating sites that focus on the pet loving population, including PetPeopleMeet.com, LoveMeLoveMyPets.com, DateMyPet.com, DogLover.biz, DogGoneSingles.com, and MustLovePets.com.  Consider my mind blown.  While I knew that eHarmony and Match.com were becoming ever more socially acceptable and growing in membership by the day, I never knew there were so many pet specific ways to search for a mate.

My opinions about these dog lovin’ dating sites is conflicted.  In the infinite world of the internet and the seemingly unending number of websites we are bombarded with on the daily, I suppose the only way to get noticed is with a gimmick.  Can these sites really promise better results?  Or are they just using “dog” as a way to sucker consumers into dishing out more cash??

On the other hand, for those of us serious dog lovers…could we (or would we want to) ever be in a “til death do you part” relationship with someone who wasn’t going to understand the connection we have with our canines?  By joining a community of people who feel the same way about their pets, is that just one less thing to discuss when discussing your future?  Would it make opening up and beginning a relationship with a stranger that much easier – I mean, who can’t go on and on about their dog?  Great conversation starter!

What do you think?

(P.S. My mom met her husband on eHarmony.  She is a dog lover – he wasn’t…but now he is!  My dad met his current girlfriend on Match.com.  She is a dog lover – he isn’t…will it work out?  My husband and I met the old-fashioned way –  I am a dog lover…he just didn’t know he was!  Maybe dog lovers should mingle with the general population to create more dog loving families!) 

Deaf Bulldog Rockin’ Out (Viral Video!)

If you haven’t seen the newest viral video…you definitely should take a minute to watch.

Who doesn’t like seeing a dog rock out to some tunes?  What’s amazing about Winston, the English bulldog, is that he is actually DEAF.  Jamynne Bowles, the bulldog’s mama, got her friend Ashland Miller to jam on an acoustic guitar…but as you’ll see in the video, it’s actually Winston who does the jammin’.

Winston apparently can feel the vibrations of the guitar.  Of course, there are some internet haters who insist that what you see is coincidence…or simply a booty itch.  Looks like his moves sync up a little too perfectly for all that, though.  What do you think?