Monthly Archives: December 2011

Dogs Trust and Ho No No Campaign


We Bernese Mountain Dogs saw this tweet from Dogs Trust:

WE NEED YOUR HELP! Please send a FREE card today to @HarrodsofLondon:  #HoNoNo  #ADogIsForLife

We clicked on the link and read this:

Dogs Trust is launching their “Ho, No, No” campaign, to target Harrods and other pet shops across the UK to encourage them to stop selling puppies at Christmas time. Please send a card to remind them and local pet shops that

‘A dog is for life, not just Christmas.” 

Here’s some information about the Dogs Trust campaign: 

You can send a FREE card to Harrods, and you will be able to choose a message once you have chosen your card. Dogs Trust is funding the sending of the FREE cards to Harrods. There is an option to pay for the card at 95p plus delivery and by doing this you will help us spread the message further as more cards will be able to be sent. If you wish to send a card to your local pet shop you will be charged and you will need to know the address.

For those who don’t know, Harrods of London (in the UK) advertises itself as, “the world’s most famous luxury department store.” Harrods, you should be ashamed of yourself! It’s not going to be luxurious for a dog to be brought into a home where the owners may have made a “spur-of-the-moment” decision to bring a cute puppy home; only to realize that it’s a huge responsibility and they now have regrets.  Animals deserve the very best of care and love and, as Dogs Trust is trying to remind Harrods, ‘A dog is for life, not just for Christmas.’ 

Ways to connect with Dogs Trust:

Website  Twitter   YouTube 

Dogs Trust

Dogs Trust Registered Charity Numbers: 227523 & SC037843. All their work is funded by public generosity. Dogs Trust is the Largest Dog Welfare Charity in the UK. About Dogs Trust:

The following are all great links from Dogs Trust that I encourage you to check out if you know of someone thinking of getting a dog this Christmas. The information that Dogs Trust has gathered will help people to make responsible decisions so they are prepared to give a puppy a forever home.  

Dermot O’Leary’s Don’t Buy Puppies From the Internet 

Give a home to thousands of stray and abandoned dogs

Buying a Dog From a Reputable Breeder

Puppy Care Tips and Advice

You and Your Puppy iPhone/iPad App

Responsible Dog Ownership

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Help a Cold Dog This Winter!

The following story was written by Scrappy the dog (well, by Keegan Baur, writing as Scrappy the dog).

A winter wonderland? Snow covers the ground, and freezing wind whips the trees. Many humans are cozily snuggled inside their homes, basking in the warm glow of Christmas tree lights

dog scrappy

while the scent of freshly baked cookies wafts through the air and holiday music plays in the background.

But I don’t get to revel in any of these luxuries. Instead, I am tethered to a chain in the backyard. In perpetual solitary confinement, as minutes drag into days and weeks, I try to ignore the bitter cold. I huddle in my little doghouse, venturing out only when I need to relieve myself or quench my thirst by licking the mostly frozen block of water in my bowl. Some days they don’t feed me—I think this month, they’re cutting back on buying my food in order to save money to get a few gifts for the kids. But on the days that one of them does feed me, I can barely contain my excitement. I pull frantically at my heavy tether and jump up at my guardian’s legs. While she scolds and pushes me down, I usually knock over the meager contents of my dish, most of which mix in with the icy grass and snow. This will cost me later, but for a few minutes, I have her attention as she pats my head and scratches my ear, and during those fleeting moments, I feel a glimmer of joy.

But then she leaves, just as quickly as she came, and once again I’m all alone. I’m not complaining, though—this year I have my very own doghouse from PETA! Last year, I had only a chain and no protection at all from the elements. Some days were so cold that I couldn’t feel my own paws, and some nights were so unbearably freezing that it was difficult to breathe. I even got sick, but they weren’t able to take me to the veterinarian. I’m not really sure how I made it through that winter. But this year, it’s different. I have four walls and a roof over my head, where I can hide if I get scared. I have a little bed of straw that I can curl up in without shivering in wet, melted snow. Things may not be perfect, but I try to stay positive. I know there are other dogs out there who aren’t as lucky as I am—who don’t have a doghouse to keep them warm and safe. Those are the dogs I feel sorry for.

This winter, please do whatever you can to help cold, neglected dogs:

If you know of a “backyard dog,” try to convince the owners to let him or her indoors. Offer to take the pooch for walks, and bring treats and toys to him or her. Make sure that there is proper shelter and fresh water, and call the authorities if there isn’t.

Find out how to work with city or county legislators to ban chaining.

And if you have the resources, please consider being an “angel” for animals and sponsoring a doghouse so that one lucky pup will have a safe haven to call his or her own. Thanks to donations from compassionate people like you, PETA is able to deliver houses—along with toys, treats, and insulating straw bedding—to thousands of dogs in need.

Connect with PETA:

Like PETA on Facebook

Follow @PETA on Twitter

Subscribe to PETA’s YouTube Channel

Grateful to PETA for permission to repost this Moxie Dogs™.

Link to the article:  

Thanks! and Repawters on the Red Carpet!

This is a follow up post to: The Anipal Academy Awards 2011 

After our post, the Berner girls were asked by Autumn the Doxie to be “extra” paws to help out by being Repawters on the Red Carpet.

After all of the hard work that the amazing volunteers had previously done…all we wish to accomplish with this post is to report on how much money was raised for Kari’s Fund, and to point you in the direction of the real heroes:  those who have done so much work throughout the year, both in the time leading up to the event, and and after the event, and made the event a huge success!

That’s me, Maisy, on the left, and Tallulah Belle, on the right, with a little more revealing neckline. Tallulah is now six years old, and I’m just going to be turning three!  Age appropriate attire kindly designed by DanaPixie!

This is our first time–ever–in a fancy outfit, from Dana’s Fashion Label, The Pixie. 

Wow. You should have heard the compliments we got from our family. We’re Bernese Mountain Dogs, and we usually don’t wear any clothes, except for an occasional “necklace.”

The photo also includes the press pass that Autumn The Doxie made for us for being repawters on the Red Carpet.

OK, enough about us. We’d like to acknowledge again:

AutumntheDoxie & TheNaskarKitty, creators of the AAA, and the AAA Committee, for all their hard work,

Please read the Anipal Academy Awards Blogspot where all the people involved are credited!

The event was sponsored by Blog Paws and the Official Charity was for Kari, (Kari’s Fund) a female Golden Retriever, who was a pioneer in the development of a new cancer chemotherapy protocol at The Colorado State University’s team of oncologists. Kari’s treatment has since helped many more dogs with the same disease.

Kari’s owner recognized the success of the Animal Cancer Center and  pledged matching dollars up to $4 million to establish Kari’s Fund, an endowment that will secure the future of the Center by supporting the annual operational costs.

The Colorado State University Animal Cancer Center (ACC) is the preeminent cancer center for animals offering the latest in diagnostics and treatment for all kinds of cancer in companion animals including surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy. The Animal Cancer Center’s Link is: 

Monies raised: $1,982, including the donations from the sponsor, Blog Paws, and @PetsAddLife.

Also, Readers should please check out the well written and reported blog post in The Anipal Times, linked below: Three Days of Anipal Academy Awards by Pepismartdog.

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Freekibble and Mimi & Maty to the Rescue!

Hi, fur friends! We wanted to let you know that there is a new children’s book called, Mimi and Maty to the Rescue! This special book is inspired by the founder of Freekibble, Mimi, and her three-legged dog friend, named, Maty. The title, “to the Rescue!” refers to the fact that they work together to rescue any animal who needs help!

Some very important things to know:

1. For every Mimi and Maty to the Rescue book sold, they will donate five Halo
Pets meals to shelter dogs and cats at a Best Friends Network Shelter.

2. For the first 100 copies of Mimi and Maty to the Rescue sold, the Freekibble Foundation will donate one hundred books to schools to inspire young readers to help animals, like Mimi!

Here is a link to the book: Mimi and Maty to the Rescue, which was written by Mimi’s Mom, Brooke Smith! (I do not profit from any links in this post!)

What exactly is this non-profit organization called, Freekibble?

No joke, back on April 1, 2008, an eleven year old girl, named Mimi Ausland, started a website called,, because she wanted to help feed the hungry dogs and cats at her local animal shelter in Oregon.

“There are 10’s of thousands of dogs and cats in animal shelters across the country, all needing to be fed a good meal.”

Mimi Ausland, Founder, Freekibble

Photo by J.Nichole Smith,’s primary mission is

“to provide healthy, nutritious food to the dogs and cats at shelters who are working so hard to see that none of their animals go hungry – they need our help.”

From Mimi’s small start in 2008, to the current, 2011, not only does Freekibble provide free kibble to shelter dogs and cats to Mimi’s local shelter, but it also provides daily food to feed thousands of pets in shelters, rescues and food-banks all across the United States! joined forces with Halo, Purely for Pets, to feed all these sweet hungry dogs and cats a high quality, all natural kibble. Halo is the official sponsor of Freekibble.

Halo, Purely for Pets Website  Twitter

Every day a new trivia question is posted at and whether or not you respond correctly, free kibble is donated. In fact, after the question, the correct answer is given, and a message is given as to how many pieces of kibble are being donated.

As of this post, because of Mimi, “Helping People, Help Animals,” Freekibble has raised over 458 tons of dog and cat kibble! Here’s a link to the Kibble totals. 

Here’s how it works. Let’s play the Bow Wow Trivia that was for November 29, 2011:

Question: Big News! Today, we’re very excited to be releasing…

A. Freekibble’s 2012 calendar

B. A Christmas CD, Frolic with Freekibble

C. A book inspired by Freekibble’s founder, Mimi

D. 1,000 Freekibble balloons

The correct response is, of course, C.

“Yes! The book Mimi & Maty to the Rescue… is now on! AND we’re giving 5 meals to shelter pets for each sold!

There is even a great way to remember to play the daily trivia: an email reminder! You only have to provide your email, and it won’t be sold:

There are lots of ways to connect with Freekibble:

Join on Facebook and become a Fan!

Follow on Twitter and they’ll donate another meal!

Send an e-card, which is not only fun, it’s free! 

I plan to honor Mimi for her wonderful dedication and brilliant idea she had for Freekibble by continuing to connect with Freekibble, and by purchasing a copy of Mimi and Maty to the Rescue! 

This photo is courtesy of Freekibble

Here is Freekibble’s Facebook entry on November 29, 2011:

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