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Looking for something to do this Saturday? Love Pugs? Love Boston Terriers? Well, Saturday, February 8th is the day for you! The Pug Rescue Network and the Midwest Boston Terrier Rescue are teaming up again for this year’s Valentine’s Day Party. People are invited to come join in on the fun and help raise funds that will help with vet/adoption expenses, food and other supplies for rescued pugs. Admission is free, and pets of all breeds are welcome to tag along with their owners and make some new friends.

Some of the fun activities to help raise funds are:

  • Raffles
  • Cake Walks
  • “Hug-a-Pug” and “Kiss-a-Boston”
  • Pugs vs. Bostons Races
  • Contests
  • Valentine’s Photos
  • Got spare change? Bring in your pennies for the Pennies for Pets jug to help make a difference!
  • There will also be merchandise for sale, and $5 lunches (hotdog, chips, and pop).

Pugs and Boston Terriers currently up for adoption will be available for people to meet, and if interested, people may begin the adoption process to give these cuties the forever homes they deserve. Vet care and training are provided to each of the dogs before adoption. For more information, you can call 248-432-0102 or email

Learn more about the Pug Rescue Network here:

And you can also learn about the Midwest Boston Terrier Rescue here:

Brutis and Bebe showing off their best pug mugs.

Brutis and Bebe showing off their best pug mugs.


November isn’t just about the turkeys. It’s also Adopt a Senior Pet Month!


They may have a little gray around their muzzle, but senior pets have just as much love to give as any other animal, and they’re eager to prove it!

You can walk into just about any shelter or animal rescue and you’re bound to find several older pets waiting for that special person to come give them what they want most: a loving home.


When getting ready to adopt, a lot of people automatically picture themselves bringing home a cute little puppy or kitten, but older pets need love too!

Here are some things to consider when thinking about adopting a senior pet:

  • They’re a lot less work than their younger counterparts. Think about the housebreaking, the teething, the training. Puppies are a lot of work, they’re basically like having a furry little baby and that requires a lot of work and attention. Older dogs often know the ropes already and require far less training. This goes for cats as well, seeing as they’re most likely already litter trained, have learned what is acceptable to pull their claws on (and more importantly, what isn’t).
  • What you see is what you get. Senior dogs are already grown, so you won’t have any surprises when that cute little lapdog you wanted suddenly ends up taking up the entire couch. They also already have their own personality, habits, and quirks; to sum it up, they have a lot of character!
  • You can literally save a life. Sadly, seniors are often overlooked and are the last choice for adoption, leaving them as the first in line to be euthanized.

Both of us have had senior animals, and can both agree that they are just as loving, just as affectionate, and just as amazing as younger pets. Just because they are old, does not make them some sort of defect that should be overlooked. Animals don’t judge us for wrinkles or gray hairs, and we shouldn’t judge them for theirs either! Think of it like having grandparents. They may be old, but they’re awesome!  🙂




We both just learned an interesting tidbit tonight that we thought would be fun to share. Being advocates for shelter adoption, we were surprised we had never heard of such a thing before, but we loved the idea behind it. Since dogs brought into shelters are from all walks of life, often little background information is known of them, including their birthdays. With the help of a vet, it usually isn’t too hard to figure out the age of a dog, but their actual birthday forever remains a mystery.

Well, the North Shore Animal League America (the world’s largest no-kill animal rescue and adoption organization) decided that everyone deserves a birthday, and so they named the first day in August as DOGust 1st, a birthday for all of the shelter and rescue dogs whose birthdays are otherwise unknown.

With August right around the corner we thought now would be the perfect time to share the news for those of you who didn’t already know about it. Also, if anyone is interested in more information about the NSALA, you can get all the details right here:

Ozzy celebrating his 2nd birthday!

Ozzy celebrating his 2nd birthday!

June 1st officially marks the beginning of National Pet Adoption Month!

If you’ve been thinking about bringing a new pet into your home, what better way than to adopt one from a shelter or rescue? Finding a pet is made even more convenient these days with sites like or where you can find tons of pets in your area right from home. You’ll find even more than just dogs and cats too, including animals like ferrets, chinchillas, rats, birds, and plenty of other little critters.


Febuary 17, 2009; a day that would forever be known in infamy in my life. The day we brought home a small ball of fur with bald eyes, whom was promptly named Ozzy.

We were living in a rather spacious two bedroom apartment in Grand Blanc which just so happened to allow dogs. After a couple of months of begging, my boyfriend (now fiance) Rob and our roommate Jared finally caved and agreed to getting a puppy. A long time fan of rescuing, this was my first time adopting a shelter dog. (Previously in my 22 years of life the family dogs had been two German Shepherd Dogs and a Cocker Spaniel.) The excitement was almost uncontainable. I raced home from work, picked up the boys and headed to Flint. The shelter closed at 4:00 pm, we had no time to waste!

We waltzed into the Genessee County Animal Control with some time to spare and headed to the dogs. For whatever reason (maybe simply a “duh” moment or perhaps fate) we entered the door marked “Wednesday” thinking that that was the only aisle of dogs we could adopt from since it was Wednesday.

There was a wide range of adult dogs, including a beagle who was so happy to see us that he peed, but we had all agreed on a puppy. There were about three litters of puppies that barely had their motor skills, and two ten week old puppies who looked similar but were in seperate cages. I put a hand on each cage. The puppy on the left just looked at me, while the puppy on the right edged closer and then licked my fingers. He was black with fuzzy ears, a dipstick tail and bald eyes. His ID tag read “Lab/Chow Mix”. Rob thought he would probably get too big, but I KINDLY pointed out that there was no weight limit at the apartment complex. “Let’s at least get him out, play with him and see how it goes.”

I set him down in the play room, walked to the other end, and sat cross legged on the floor. I just wanted to see what he would do. Was he more interested in the room? Or me? He sniffed the ground for about three seconds, then he bounded full speed, paws windmilling, jumped into my lap and covered my face in kisses. Rob’s eyes got big and he said “That’s it. He’s ours.”

We ran up front and filled out all the paperwork. They let us give him a bath there and then we headed home. It took almost all of our income tax money to get him to proper health. He had mange which developed into a secondary skin infection, roundworms, and was malnourished and dehydrated. Not to mention getting all his shots up to date and getting him neutered. Fortunately it has been worth every single penny. He has been the best dog that I have ever owned. I took him everywhere with me until about a year ago when he tore not one but both CCLs (Cranial cruciate ligament in a dog, anterior cruciate ligament in a human). Two major surgeries and months of bed rest later, he is just now behaving like himself again. He has been a trooper through it all, barely even a whine after either surgery. But what else would one expect from a tough little rockstar?


(Ozzy’s first picture! You can see the mange around his eyes.)

(My baby boy all grown up and looking beautiful!)


The two different groups offer very different adopting experiences. To help you in your decision on where to adopt from, we will do our best to describe the advantages and dis advantages of each.


Rescues are usually non-profit organizations, run by private owners with the help of volunteers. When you adopt an animal from a rescue, a great many things have already been taken care of for you. Spay/neuter, vaccinations, any other medical needs, varying degrees of training, a background of the animal, and microchipping. (If you’re adopting a cat or dog. Smaller animals aren’t generally microchipped.) For this reason, the adoption fees are higher than those of shelters. If you call your local vet and price out all the above things, you will most likely end up saving money adopting from a rescue.

Rescues tend to know their animals more intimately because the people and volunteers handle them daily. They can tell you whether; they get along with other animals, have a bite history, or dislike children. Many times their animals have been living in foster care and are housebroken.
The main disadvantage of a rescue (and this is opinionated based on each individual’s views) is that there is an adoption process. This involves filling out an application to review. Once and if, you are approved there may or may not be a home check. This seems to be the area that people get shy. They think it’s too invasive. What you need to remember is that these animals have already had tough lives. The rescues only concern is that the animal is going to a safe environment. So what’s one extra guest over for the day if it means you get to keep the warm ball of fur (or feathers) you’ve been dreaming of?


Shelters are generally county run and funded by tax dollars. They work off of strict budgets, donations, limited employees, and volunteers. Because of this, many are what are known as “kill shelters”. They see a surplus of animals dropped off or picked up as strays. The animals only have so many days to be adopted before they are euthanized to make room for more animals. Shelter life is much like jail and only the basics are met. Veterinary care is minimal. Anyone with a valid ID can adopt from here, with no home inspections.

As depressing as this all sounds, adopting from a shelter can still be rewarding. When you adopt an animal from a shelter you are literally saving someone from death row. Yes, the vet bills can get high if you have an ill animal but this also brings you closer to your new found friend. As cheesy as some people think it sounds, you can tell an animal is thankful when you save their life. Perhaps only people who have been through this process can understand what that means. But wouldn’t you like to find out?

In conclusion, no matter which route you decide to go, there are ups and downs to each adoption process. All you need to do, is decide which is the right path for you and your future friend. Please feel free to post any experiences you may have had in adopting an animal in the comment section!