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Dog Day Sunday: The Importance of Keeping your Animal Safe.

 

We try to keep thinks light heartened and fun on dog day Sunday, but this week I had a close friend of mine lose his dog to an accident in a matter of seconds.

You never realize how important your dog is to you till they’re gone.  The below story may seam like a one in a million chance, but life is a service of chances and events that make up our lives.

A long time friend of mine named Ryan posted a picture on Thursday with his brand new puppy named Stevie.  He was literally the cutest little French Bull Dog I had ever seen.  Who am I kidding… French Bull dogs are all adorable and I think everyone should have one.  Well, that is if you want one.

The original picture was followed by many more adorable ones, but twenty four hours later my friend had to make what was surely an extremely difficult post.

Stevie had broken his neck.

He had gotten on top of a box and fallen. Ryan had heard a yelp and went running, but it was already too late.

Stevie was gone and even the vet said nothing could have been done.  Even I, who had never meet him, was brought to tears by the event and my heart goes out to Ryan and his family in their time of sadness.

Trying to keep anyone safe – animals and humans alike – is a very hard job and takes super vigilance in doing so.  So remember to always keep the people, animals and anything you hold dear close to your heart as you never know how long your time together will be.

Ryan and Ashley, I hope things get easier for you over the following months,  and Im here is you ever need an ear.

 

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Dog Day Sunday: 10 Dogs Who are Ready for Sunday Football

Let’s be honest: your dog doesn’t give a single woof about Sunday Night Football.

While you’re munching down on chicken wings and carefully eyeing the performance of your draft picks, your pup is just hoping for some scraps and a chance to play with that good ol’ pig skin.

Still, it’s incredibly fun to dress our pets up and pretend they care!

Check out 10 pups who look ready for Sunday Night Football, and don’t forget to send your own photos and stories to meg@geekgirlworld.com! We’ll feature your dog(s) on our next Dog Day Sunday and enter you to win a Loot Crate Pets!

Go Chiefs, beat Houston!!!

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Scout’s game face is on! Ready for his first NFL Sunday. #patriotspuppy @patriots

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Dog Day Sunday: 3 Paw-some Sites to LIKE on Social Media

Truth: 90% of my time on the interwebz is spent laughing at dog memes, gushing over stories about animals, or catching up on what my favorite animal-rights groups are sharing on social media. As such, this week I decided to share 3 paw-some (ha) sites you should follow/like/cyber-stalk online. (Fittingly, I am typing this article on my computer while my pup Shadow cuddles in my lap and looks on!)

Friends of Mayhem

11210459_638660439597645_4667563007324650499_nWho they are: Named after founder Devanny Novak’s sweet dog, Friends of Mayhem describes themselves as  “a Las Vegas non-profit that specializes in helping all kinds of animals through donations, political action or just plain ear scratches!”

Why you should “like” them: Friends of Mayhem spotlights animals with special needs, and campaigns fun and creative ways to help the furballs! For example, earlier this year we covered their very special Benefit for Yoshi, in which they sold shirts that said “Get Your F*cking Dog Fixed.” All the proceeds went toward providing medical care for a dog named Yoshi and other animals at PAWsibilities are Endless. They are positive and upbeat, while still providing valuable and useful information to the community!

Where to find them: https://www.facebook.com/friendsofmayhem/


Noah’s Animal House

noahs1Who they are: Time to get serious: Animal Legal Defense Fund reports that abusers of animals are five times as likely to harm humans, and that nearly half of the victims who stay in violent households do so because they are afraid for their pets. Luckily, Noah’s Animal House in Las Vegas, Nevada (and soon Reno, Nevada, too!) “is a pet sanctuary for shelter residents that allow women to escape abusive situations without leaving behind their pet.” I’ve volunteered with NAH since 2012 and have had the privilege of meeting many of the women and their dogs (and cats and hamsters and birds) who have called Noah’s Animal House home!

Why you should “like” them: Noah’s Animal House spotlights the inspirational success stories of the brave women and their loyal pets who have been given a second chance thanks to their services, provides a central place to post requests for supplies and volunteer opportunities (HAAALP! They’re currently in need of a new gas dryer!), and shares great links to animal stories across the world!

Where to find them: https://www.facebook.com/Noahsanimalhouse/


Susie’s Senior Dogs

 1510593_295149333975043_1577678859_nWho they are: Susie’s Senior Dogs is a 501(c)3 organization who says it’s their goal to bring “awareness to overlooked, homeless senior dogs and the benefits to adopting an older pet.” Recently they were covered in the hugely popular photography/interview project Humans of New York, which allowed them to get massive exposure and spread their message to a huge animal-loving audience!

Why you should “like” them: Susie’s Senior Dogs works with animal rescue groups all over the United States to spotlight pups who are looking for their fur-ever home! (Literally every dog is a pup to me, even if they are over 7 or in the double digits!) Beautiful photographs paired with descriptions that read like love letters make me want to adopt every dog I see on their page! Even if you’re not planning on expanding your fur family, it’s rewarding to follow the dogs’ stories, from their initial posts to their final adoptions and happily ever afters.

Where to find them: https://www.facebook.com/susiesseniordogs/


Honorable Mention: I urge you to Google your local American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals group online to learn about dogs in your area who need help and support!

Want your dog featured on Dog Day Sunday? Send your stories and photos to webmaster@geekgirlworld.com and you’ll be entered to win a Loot Crate Pet Edition!

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Dog Day Sunday: Futuristic Pets

July’s Loot Pets theme was “Futuristic”. Two of the futuristic pets showcased were dogs “Astro”, from The Jetsons, and “Snowball” from Rick and Morty. It should come as no surprise that man’s best friend would be featured in any futuristic setting. So, I have compiled a slide show of some memorable futuristic dogs below. What have been some of your favorite futuristic pets? doesn’t have to be just dogs but can be any kind of pet. Let us know in the comments below!

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Also, you can take a look at the unboxing of this month’s Loot Pets with Percy and I. We are giving away this futuristic themed Loot Pets crate to one lucky person. All you have to do is submit your photos and stories of your fur babies to Webmaster at GeekGirlWorld dot com. We will chose a winner from those submissions. If you would like to subscribe to Loot Pets, you can using this link: http://goo.gl/4QBwW7

 

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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: Best of 2015

Happy New Year GeekGirl World! In 2015, we celebrated each Sunday with adorable pooches, including geeky pups, diva dogs, and out of this world cosplaying canines. Join us as we take a look back at some of our favorite photos and captions from the past year!

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Want more Dog Day Sunday fun? Check out all of our furry features here! Did your favorite Dog Day Sunday picture make our Best of 2015 slideshow? Let us know by dropping a line in the comments section.

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Dog Day Sunday: ‘Star Wars’ Edition

In honor of the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, this Dog Day Sunday we’ve decided to feature some pups in their best Star Wars cosplay!

Percy the pug puppy is channeling his best Yoda, whereas Bailey the 1-year-old Zuchon is trying her paws at Obi-Wan.

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Awwww…these two Jedi masters are just too cute!

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Dog Day Sunday: Like Mother, Like Son

Happy Dog Day Sunday! GeekGirl World reader Elaine Manio of Las Vegas, Nevada has the cutest dogs. Earlier this year we met her classy dog Blanche. Today, we’re going to meet Elaine’s sweet pup Dexter, who happens to be Blanche’s son! Dexter and Blanche have a lot in common, including the fact they are both adorable!

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Fun fact: Dexter is also Daisy‘s brother!

Submit pictures of your dog to webmaster@geekgirlworld.com and we may feature your pup on our next Dog Day Sunday!

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Dog Day Sunday: A Puppy’s Life

Becoming a new pet parent is a wonderful experience. This week, we are introducing Percy, a 10 week old Chinese pug who loves nothing more than to cuddle. And who could refuse those big brown eyes!

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Dog Day Sunday: Can Dogs See Ghosts?

In honor of Halloween, this Dog Day Sunday we’re going to explore the spookier side of our lovable canines and ask a simple (but controversial) question: can dogs see ghosts?

Many owners have spooky tales to tell about their pets acting strange and interacting with something that isn’t there, but we can’t exactly ask our pets what they’re seeing to confirm whether or not they were experiencing something paranormal.

According to pet psychologist Marti Miller, the only answer she has to the question of whether or not dogs can sense ghosts  is “we don’t know.” She does add, however, that “If you observe a dog standing in the corner, barking at nothing visible, then there’s a pretty good chance that he’s barking at an entity, spirit, or energy that doesn’t belong there.”

It’s a topic that does hit home, as I personally am convinced that my dog is able to sense and see spirits and entities from beyond, and I’ve had a few experiences to make me believe this.

I work in a literal castle near the Massachusetts Berkshires, and I’m lucky enough to be able to bring my dog along with me. Bailey (who you can see in the image above dressed up as a Jedi for Halloween) has been going to work with me since she was a little puppy, and it was summer of last year when she was only a few months old that something strange happened.

It was a normal workday. I was working on my Mac, and Bailey was sleeping on her bed next to me on the ground. Suddenly she began to bark and growl down a narrow office room at absolutely nothing (which was extremely out of character for her, as she is a very quiet dog and she never growls), and I noticed that the temperature was colder.

Bailey was watching and reacting to something that I couldn’t see, and it seemed she was barking at it in warning to stay away from her, as well as me (good girl!). At one point she even backed up as if something was moving closer towards her.

I filmed most of the encounter, which I later uploaded to YouTube:

For all the skeptics out there, I did walk around trying to debunk anything paranormal, but I couldn’t find any reason why she would have been so spooked. There were no bugs around (and even if there were, she wouldn’t have acted that way), no animals or people outside (which she ignores, anyway), and nothing there was new to her. She’s walked down that stretch and smelled everything plenty of times.

There are a million ‘explanations’ people can probably tell me to debunk this, but I know my dog and her mannerisms extremely well, and something was not right.

My bosses wife is very interested in the paranormal, so when I shared the video and story with her she contacted an animal psychic who (allegedly) commuted with my dog. The psychic told her that Bailey encountered a dark entity that was passing through, and that Bailey was frightened by it and didn’t know what to do.

Now, even though I am a believer in the paranormal, I am very skeptic of psychics. I take her reading with a grain of salt, but it does seem to be a very possible explanation of what happened.

Bailey never acted that way again… that is until this summer, when began barking at snarling at the exact spot while we were at work.

I am hoping that next time Bailey experiences something paranormal, my eyes will be able to see it, too.

Has your pet ever communicated with entities from beyond? Share your stories in the comments!

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