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Dog Day Sunday: The Rainbow Bridge

This week I had to say goodbye to someone who was a huge part of my life for the last decade and a half. She provided comfort and a shoulder to cry on when I fought with my siblings, and watched YouTube videos with me after a long day (she loved the ones of puppies barking). She enjoyed going on long drives and adventures, and was always gracious and poised— even when she was caught chewing up a pair of my Chucks. I had to say goodbye to Little Woman, the Schlaff family’s beloved Scottish Terrier.

Losing a pet is losing a family member. In 2013, we had to say goodbye to Little Man (Little Woman’s brother) and it was heartbreaking. I still miss him to this day. I remember someone paid their respects by giving us a framed copy of the story of the Rainbow Bridge, a tale about pets and their people being reunited in the afterlife and crossing “the rainbow bridge” (a pathway between an Earthly life and a Heavenly one) together— the ultimate walk to the park! Despite not being religious, I was very moved by the story and the gesture. Later, I showed my boyfriend the poem  and cried to him about how Thor-throwing-hammerunfair it was that dogs don’t live as long as humans. He attempted to cheer me up by telling me, “It’s ok. Little Man’s not hurting anymore. He’s in Asgard with Thor now.” At the time, Thor: The Dark World was about to debut in theaters, and trailers regularly showed clips of Idris Elba‘s Heimdall guarding the magnificently colored Bifrost Bridge. Through my tears, I smiled.

Little Woman will forever be missed. I couldn’t even get through this article without crying, remembering the adorable and wonderful things she did over the years, before she got sick. But there is a small comfort when I picture her with Little Man, playing fetch with Mjölnir on the Rainbow Bridge.

Rest in peace, Little Ones. We love you!

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Dog Day Sunday: Get Your F’cking Dog Fixed

“Get Your F’cking Dog Fixed.”

This phrase is succinct, powerful, and can literally save lives— one such life belonging to Yoshi, a sweet dog who has literally been through it all.

In November 2014, a hero named Roxanne rescued him from a deplorable breeder and nursed him back to health. He was adopted out to a new family, and everyone expected him to live happily ever after! Unfortunately, in April 2016, his adopters reported he was not doing well and was in desperate need of vet care. While they originally considered euthanizing the poor pup, they eventually agreed to surrender him to the rescue group PAWSibilities are Endless.

Luckily, his story does not end there.

Roxanne shared Yoshi’s journey with Devanny Novak of Friends of Mayhem, a community-based program working to improve the lives of animals. It was through Friends of Mayhem that I learned of a witty t-shirt campaign. By making a $25 donation, I’d receive a shirt stamped with the phrase “Get Your F’cking Dog Fixed” (the “u” replaced with an adorable paw print).  100% of the proceeds would go directly to PAWSibilities are Endless to help cover the costs of Yoshi’s care.

Moved by his story, I immediately purchased the shirt! Every time I wear it, I think, “This could help Yoshi! This could help dogs just like him!”

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Please consider helping Yoshi and dogs just like him by making a donation, purchasing the t-shirt, or by simply sharing his story.

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Dog Day Sunday: Three’s a Fun Crowd

Amber from Boise, ID submitted her three darling dogs with us for Dog Day Sunday! With two rescued Boxers and an animated Yorkie with world domination plans, Amber certainly has her hands full!

“First is our newest rescue, GiGi. She is almost 8 months old. When we rescued her, she had a massive worm infection, chipped canines, and both ears infected. After her appetite and weight dropped dramatically, we found out she had part of her lower intestine collapsed and a hole in it. Now she is worm free, two intestines shorter, and ears almost healed. She is a big time cuddler and we are just now getting to see her real personality. She loves toys, and will sit there with one in her mouth. She’s also began growing at her big brother boxer, Rio, when he gets near her while she is with a toy.”

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“Rio was rescued two years ago and is three years old. He is the goofball of the bunch. If anyone hugs someone too long he will start growl or whine at them. We make muah muah muah sounds, and he growls with more force and volume. The whole time the guy’s tiny nub of a tail will be going at full speed!”

“The tiniest of the bunch is Tiffin, the Yorkshire terrier. I’ve raised her since she was 3 months old, and she is about to turn seven years in January. She is my little circus dog. Among her specialties is playing dead when you shoot her with your hand gun, and sitting with a treat on her nose for a ridiculous long time before eating it. She also will wipe her feet on the rug when coming inside. It’s kind of a crazy mix here, but so far, everyone gets along…. But I think GiGi is going to try to run the show when she gets bigger. Maybe getting another Yorkshire terrier will balance it out! Now to convince the Mister.”

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