October is one of my favorite months. I love the vibrant colors of the leaves as they change. The smell of burning leaves and kettle corn always makes me smile. Seeing pumpkins lying in the field brings a spark of excitement to my soul.
Now, I have another reason to love October. It is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month! Adoption of shelter animals is a cause that is very close to my heart. All of my furry children have been adopted from local animal rescue groups and shelters. Adopting saves the lives of wonderful animals that may otherwise be euthanized for issues as foolish as lack of spacing or medical care.
Theuerkauf’s Tails is proud to be partnering with the ASPCA for their Find Your Fido campaign. Fido is a cardboard cutout ambassador for shelter dogs. He will be traveling on adventures throughout the country spreading the message that shelter dogs rock!
You can show your support for this awesome campaign in numerous ways. The first is by sharing a photo of your favorite rescue pooch on your social media channels using the hashtag #FindYourFido and tagging @ASPCA.
have been pummeled by two of the worst hurricanes in United States
history: Harvey and Irma. Local, state and federal departments have
been working around the clock to assist residents who were trapped by the
hurricane’s surging waters. Heartbreaking images continue to flood all
social media channels.
that is stranded on top of the remains of a house. The look on his face is one of terror and
fear. My heart aches to think of all of
the animals who have been separated from their families or even worse, lost
their lives. Thankfully, animal rescue
groups and organizations are stepping in to get these poor animals to safety.
Ginger Zee to ask that pet owners all across the country prepare for their pets
in the event of a natural disaster. You
can sign up to take the Prep Pledge by clicking the link: ASPCA.org/PrepPledge. As a special thank you for taking the pledge,
you will receive a free ASPCA sticker!
Through blurry eyes, I read the time:
1:45 a.m. It was time to begin
our 14 hour journey.
Best Friends Animal Society National Conference. I have always been passionate about animals
and their welfare. To be able to spend
three whole days with others who share that passion is truly amazing.
Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
I loved getting to see gorgeous mountains looming against the night sky
surrounded by stars.
Atlantic City. We were not used to all
of the lights, extremely tall buildings and valets on every corner. Stepping into the Harrah’s hotel and casino
was like walking onto a movie set. Plush
carpet gave way to luxurious marble floors.
Lights flashed continuously in the casino as music and game sound
effects blasted forth.
golden cart. The elevators required a
room key card for activation. The view
from our room was breathtaking.
Skyscrapers gave way to the Jersey shore. Seagulls lazily circled the rooftop below.
that was to be our home for the next three nights. We discovered numerous dining options, an incredible
indoor pool complete with a DJ and multiple specialty shops, including a
jewelry store! There was also a cooking
school, Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa and a fitness center. Talk about paradise!
is an hour ahead of our usual time?
Caffeine was a must! After we
nibbled on fresh fruit and bagels, we went to the opening session.
So excited for the first day!
gave a truly empowering presentation. He
is leading the movement to make all animal shelters across the United States
no-kill by 2025. Several states have
already put this policy into practice. I
am going to do everything that I can to make my home state of Illinois part of
the no-kill solution.
I am proud to have signed the 2025 piece!
attend, receive notifications, and share photos using the hashtag #BFNC. The app also contained detailed maps so that
we could easily find our way to the next event.
Exhibitor Hall to do some shopping. I
was beyond excited to see a BOBS by Sketchers booth! Not only were they sponsoring the conference,
but they also brought adorable dog and cat themed shoes to sell! The best part? Conference attendees received a 20%
discount! I bought three pairs.
the conference area. If you found a
shoe, you earned an entry into a drawing to win several prize packages. I was lucky enough to find a shoe on the
first day of the conference! We had just
finished reading the placard about the 2025 piece. I turned around to say something to Matt and
there was the shoe hiding behind the placard!
animal rescue groups and shelters across the country. Some of my favorites included: Alley Cat
Allies, My Pit Bull Is Family, and Wayside Waifs.
I picked up some awesome swag to proudly show my support for these
Per their website, “The Million Cat Challenge is a
shelter-based campaign to save the lives of one million cats in North America
over the next five years.
The core strategy of the campaign will focus on five key
initiatives that offer every shelter, in every community, practical choices to
reduce euthanasia and increase live outcomes for shelter cats.” (http://ift.tt/157Oo4j)
Hanging out with Frank the Feral at the Alley Cat Allies booth.
major knowledge. They have created a
free app that allows shelters and rescue groups to track all of the animals
that they have taken in and adopted out.
The database keeps a detailed log of each animal from the date of intake
through adoption. The shelters/rescue
groups receive updates in real time including medical alerts. I cannot believe that such a valuable app is
attendees. You could earn additional
tokens by stopping by their different booths and learning about their numerous
animal welfare projects. The tokens then
earned you a spin on the Maddie Wheel, where you could win awesome prizes. Some attendees walked away with $1,000 grants
for their shelter/rescue group! My
husband and I both won luggage tags. (www.maddiesfund.org)
Aladdin. This adorable Pitbull had been
found severely emaciated, his back legs and tail were broken and he was missing
12 teeth! Aladdin has since recovered
and is now a therapy dog, spreading joy and smiles to everyone he meets. This amazing pooch is now in the running for
a Hero Dog Award. We were lucky enough
to see Aladdin meet Maddie from Maddie’s Fund.
My husband recorded the adorable event.
Fearful Dogs. This session ended up
being standing room only! The speaker was
amazing! The tips and tricks that she
provided were truly helpful and the training videos were so touching. Seeing dogs that were once shy and fearful
blossom into happy pooches was an emotional experience.
attend, so we did a bit of tag teaming.
He ended up leaving one of the sessions early to assure that we would
get our copy of Catify to Satisfy signed by Jackson Galaxy. I am glad that he did. By the time my session ended, the line was
out the door!
himself! He was so dynamic and passionate. I loved how he totally immersed himself in
the topic and completely lost track of time.
When the Best Friends volunteers held up the 10 minute warning sign, he
said, “Is that all the time I have? For
the whole presentation? SH*T!”
have. I loved watching the video for his
new Cat Pawsitive shelter program. This
is a system of training techniques and care to make cats more adoptable. The program teaches cats how to high five,
jump through hoops and more. The video
was so emotional that Jackson was even crying!
Seeing him whip out a blue handkerchief and dab his eyes made my heart
Angel Member of the Best Friends Animal Society! My monthly donations will go toward saving
animals across the country. The Best
Friends staff and volunteers were absolutely amazing! Their passion for animals and their welfare
was evident in everything that they did.
Some volunteers danced as they held signs that guided the attendees toward
key locations. They were always available to answer any questions that we might
have had and did so with a smile on their face.
was beyond motivating. Legend Gloria
Gaynor surprised the audience by singing her epic hit “I Will Survive.” We then listened to an impassioned
presentation about how we can all make a difference in the no-kill
more inspired and motivated than I have ever been before. My commitment to be a voice for the animals
has been renewed. I am going to work
tirelessly to ensure that the United States of America becomes a no-kill nation
movement and together, we can Save Them All!
Take the pledge by clicking here: