Posts tagged ‘adopt’

Are you a Shopper…or?

Charlie Bear here.

ADOPT or SHOP. That’s the question. When you go looking for a dog to add to your home, what do you do? Let’s say you want a pure bred dog. And you’ve had your heart set on getting just that right breed of puppy. So you go online, find a breeder, negotiate a price, have the dog sent to you or you pick it up, and life is great, right?

puppy in gift box

Not always right. Sometimes those “pure bred” dogs don’t turn out to be pure breds at all. And that high price you paid? Sometimes you’ve handed over three or four times (or more) what you would have ordinarily paid. But hey, I understand where you’re coming from. We want what we want, right?

But there might be a better way. Did you know there are rescue groups for just about any breed of dog? There are people out there…dedicated, concerned people…who scour the shelters to pull out any of their breeds. These people save the dogs’ lives. They even have dogs that people gave up for many reasons (even puppies).

Wonderful people like Bernie Berlin of “A Place to Bark” and the people at places like Best Friends Animal Society, work tirelessly to save dogs and to make sure no more unwanted dogs from breeders or puppy mills enter the world unnecessarily.

Marion Bond West and Thor
A shelter dog found a home with Marion Bond West & Gene.

So maybe the next time you could consider:

SHELTER DOGS – there are tons of them out there. Take a chance on finding your furever love at a shelter.

ADOPTION / RESCUE GROUPS – many, many across the United States. Look them up online and find your perfect companion.

Ever consider adopting a senior dog that needs love during it’s final years? And what about a difficult dog…like I was? Lots of people think shelters are full of difficult dogs. Not really true. “Difficult” dogs usually don’t make it past the three or four day limit in a shelter. Not only that, but if you see a dog in a shelter that doesn’t look like a model of good behavior or has a scowl or growl on its face, maybe it could be that it’s just not happy. Would you like to live in a small cage with a concrete floor without love and companionship and the softness of a home?

Consider a dog like me. I didn’t want to be rescued. Heck, I ran away from being rescued. And when I was given the chance to make it in a home, I fought back. But that’s the rub (excuse the pun). When I got loving attention, kind words spoken to me, patience and a lot of time, I became the good dog these Peeps knew I could be.

Won’t you at least consider giving a shelter or rescue dog a chance? That’s my public service announcement for this year. I feel passionately about this, and I’m sorry if you think I’m hitting you over the head with it, but please, please consider helping out dogs who need a home.

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A good friend gave us this mat, and even though I’m not technically a “shelter” dog, I surely did need shelter and love.

Wiggles and woofs to you from me and my furry friends out there,
Charlie Bear

August 12, 2014 at 11:26 am 4 comments

Mind If I Share My Second Column With You?

Charlie Bear here with the second column I promised to show you. This one was done in the final issue of 2012 and here’s what it said (same intro as the other one…skip it if you’ve read it before…lol):

I was found roaming the streets in Los Angeles, fending for myself
with no one to care for me. If I’d been taken to a shelter, I would
have never made it out because I had a bunch of issues: I threw
temper tantrums, guarded my food and toys, and was sensitive to
touch. So my rescuer took me to a foster home and from there I
was adopted and found my forever home.

MEET Charlie Bear
     the Rescue Dog

I’m one of the lucky ones. There are a lot more like
me out there, and many of them are mutts, also
like me. I might be part Shih-Tzu, Terrier, even
curly-Poodle, who knows, and Mom and Dad
Peep don’t care. They call me a muttigree and they
love me.

5 Things to Know About Mutts

1. We’re just as good as purebreds, maybe better!
We come with the best traits of favorite breeds.

2. With training, we can perform
the same duties as purebreds,
such as search and rescue, bomb
sniffing, guiding the blind, therapy
comfort in hospitals, schools,
nursing homes.

3. Of the 5 million to 7 million companion
animals that enter shelters each year, only 25% are
purebred. That means the biggest percentage of
euthanized dogs are mixed breed. So wrong!

4. There’s nothing wrong with us
muttigrees. We’re fit, friendly,
and fun and we love and wish to
be loved, like any other dog.

5. You might just feel what Drew Barrymore
did when she adopted her dog Vivian: “You get such
a beautiful, selfless high from saving a life.”

Adopt a mutt today (like me!), and feel the joy
of companionship.

Rescue Dogs Make Great Family Pets!

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So there you have it. The two columns I did for the magazine in 2012. Like I said in the last post, we have a special column coming out the first quarter of 2013. Watch for the topic that will help you plan for spring and summer vacations. Onward through winter!

Many wiggles and woofs for a Merry Christmas season,
Charlie Bear (the Rescue Dog with a Voice)

December 5, 2012 at 3:35 pm 8 comments

FREE Stocking to a Big Dog

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Charlie Bear here with a giveaway of something precious. When Mom Peep unpacked the Christmas stuff, she pulled out a red stocking with my name on it and a huge one with Rex’s name embroidered in emerald green right into the soft white top. Mom jokes that she could almost fit me inside of it! Well, not quite.

Anyway, Mom wants to find a new home for this beautiful stocking. Do you have a big dog named Rex? He was a Golden Lab with part Ridgeback and he’s over the Rainbow Bridge now, frolicking with all the other loved dogs up there.

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He was also a little terror when he was a young buck like me. They tell me stories and I laugh inside, because us pups are all a little rambunctious as youngsters. Agree?

Anyway, send an email with a photo of your Rex to by midnight December 6. She’ll put every entry into a drawing and award the stocking to a lucky doggie.

Remember that all the activity taking place around your home (a tree in the living room, what’s up with that?), the ornaments and trimmings and blinking lights all send us furry friends into a bit of a tizzy so be gentle with us if we show a little misbehavior (like plucking one of those ornaments off the tree). And we’ll be gentle with you and give you time to get over this crazy decked-out season. Deal?

Don’t forget to send in a picture of your Rex, or forward this to a friend who has a Rex!

Wiggles and Woofs,
Charlie Bear

December 1, 2012 at 10:07 am 4 comments

Mind If I Share My Column With You?

Charlie Bear here with some cool news. Earlier this year, the lady who publishes the American Pet Magazine (available online for free) asked me to write a column. Here’s the first one we did and it’s in the issue above:

I was found roaming the streets in Los Angeles, fending for myself
with no one to care for me. If I’d been taken to a shelter, I would
have never made it out because I had a bunch of issues: I threw
temper tantrums, guarded my food and toys, and was sensitive to
touch. So my rescuer took me to a foster home and from there I
was adopted and found my forever home.

MEET Charlie Bear
     the Rescue Dog

Pretty cool story, huh?
But it wasn’t all peaches and cream when I came to
my new home. It was hard to adjust (I was used to
roaming free, doing my own thing), but with loving
patience my new Peeps gave me the second chance
I needed.

5 Things to Remember When You Adopt

1. Give me space. Provide a crate where I
can go to be alone.

2. Expect a bit of unruly behavior. It will
take me time to adjust to a new home.

3. Establish yourself as my pack leader.
Reinforce any training and good habits I do

4. Take me for walks. Provide exercise and
play time. If I’m a tired dog I’m a good dog!

5. Don’t give up on your love for me.
Bonding takes time. Please be patient.

October is Adopt-a-Dog Month. Perfectly fitting
for me because that’s when I was adopted two years ago (in 2010). Did you know that rescue dogs get their needed
shots, are spayed or neutered, micro-chipped, and are
deemed in good physical health before adoption? What
have you go to lose? Just ask my Mom and Dad Peep:

Rescue Dogs Make Great Family Pets!

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Mom and I just turned in our next column that will run in the Jan / Feb / Mar issue.  It will be chock full of great info…and Mom and I discuss a topic that will help you plan for summer vacations. I know — crazy, huh, to even think of next summer when we aren’t at Christmas yet? Such is the world of magazine deadlines. They have to think WAY ahead.

So tell me — do you want to see the other column I did in 2012? Vote YES or vote No.

Many wiggles and woofs for a Merry Christmas season,
Charlie Bear (the Rescue Dog with a Voice)

November 27, 2012 at 2:48 pm 6 comments

It’s my Birthday!

It was doubtful whether I’d make it to 2012. I was such a feisty, headstrong, rambunctious critter. Just ask my rescuer, foster mom, or my new Mom and Dad. They’ll tell you.

But I did it! Guess how old I am…

Yup, 3!

Mom placed all these things around me, and I sat real still for a long time (she was feeding me little bits of chicken while she was snapping pictures)….

and then…I couldn’t take it anymore, so I gave Mom the raspberries…

But thanks for the birthday celebration for me, Mom! Are you celebrating a rescue dog’s birthday soon? Share! (And I’ll promise not to raspberry you.)

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Oh, and don’t forget! We’re ………..

…..sliding into the end of my DOG DAYS OF SUMMER SUPER SPECIAL GIVEAWAY

Only THREE DAYS left to enter.

I’m awarding four lucky winners a $25 PetSmart gift certificate at the end of this week. Just go to and look on the right where it says CONTEST INFO. Follow the instructions and you can SLIDE into a winning spot!

Want more chances in the drawing? Do this (as many times as you like) from now through the end of August…(just copy and paste)…

  • Tweet this: Calling all dog lovers! Win a $25 PetSmart Gift Card. Go to www.bjtayloronline.comfor details on how to enter. @charliebearY2K 
  • Facebook this: Enter the Dog Days of Summer PetSmart Gift Card Giveaway. Post a picture of your adorable pet for a chance to win. Go to for details.

That’s it! It’s easy and fun and it could be YOU and YOUR dog having fun in the sun with fabulous items from PetSmart!  

@bjtaylortweets / @charliebearY2K

Don’t forget to enter lots of times. Just go to!

Woofs & Wiggles,
Charlie Bear

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Watch for upcoming posts Mom and I are cooking up: Top 5 Things to Remember When you Get a New Dog, our Rescue Dog Album, and much more!

August 28, 2012 at 8:59 am 17 comments

One Courageous Dog

Best Friends Animal Society

A tribute to Independence Day from one lucky dog. This story is all about being free, brought to you by me, Charlie Bear. Check out how skinny Ellen was when she first came to Best Friends (see video). And look at how she changed! Kind of like me…I was a mess when I was found on a playground, but look at me now (I snuck in a photo of me at the bottom).

Here’s Ellen’s story, told on the Best Friends blog:

Do you know about the Vicktory dogs at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary? Ellen, one of the Vicktory dogs and one of the most affectionate a visitor could hope to meet, passed away peacefully last weekend. At 11 years old, she was one of the oldest of the dogs seized from the property of NFL quarterback Michael Vick.

Per court orders, the Vicktory dogs were not allowed to interact directly with Sanctuary visitors. Even though she couldn’t visit with them face to face, Ellen still left a lasting positive impression on those who came near her.

When tour groups stopped by, a caregiver would often bring out Ellen on one side of the parking lot with visitors watching from the other side. She would smile, wag her tail, and flirt with them the whole time. “The impact that it had on our visitors, tours and guests was visible,” says caregiver Tom Williams. “You could see those people were touched.”

Last month, Ellen’s dream to meet visitors up close finally came true. The red collar (staff-only) status was lifted for seven of the Vicktory dogs, including Ellen. At last, she could greet visitors face to face. “She was in her glory,” Tom says. When visitors stopped by, she loved nothing more than to march right into their midst and hand out kisses with unabashed enthusiasm.

Admittedly, once they heard about Ellen’s background, many of the visitors were somewhat hesitant at first to meet her. After all, there are a lot of myths still floating around about fighting dogs and their personalities. Such reservations, however, only lasted seconds once she turned on the charm. “You could just see them change their perception,” Tom says. “She went a long way toward helping not only the Vick dogs that are here, but pit bulls in general. She helped to dispel the myths about them.”

Farewell, Ellen, and thanks for everything. You will be sorely missed.
Best Friends Staff

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Charlie Bear back again. Click on the link below to watch a video of Ellen. I particularly like the photo of Ellen in her Santa hat. I’ve been there, done that.

Have a wiggly day, everyone,
Charlie Bear

July 4, 2012 at 6:59 pm 6 comments

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