Posts tagged ‘shelter’

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

Have You Seen This Hidden Treasure?

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Charlie Bear here. I bet there are lots of you out there who adopted a rescue dog like me, or maybe a shelter dog like in the cartoon. Tell us about your furry friend. How does he/she make your life richer?

Woofs & Wiggles to you,
Charlie Bear

Cartoon from the Orange County Register: Overboard by Chip Dunham

February 9, 2013 at 9:29 am 8 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

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

Mom Went to the Fair and All I Got Was…

…this tiny, yellow banana. Now, it’s just the right size for me, and I love to snatch it on the run and carry it around, but — really, that’s it?

When I looked at Mom with pleading eyes, she pulled something else out of her bag.

Slightly bigger than the banana, it sure is loud in color.

So, I’m happy. A banana and a fish.

What more could a dog ask for after his folks visit the Fair?

Wiggles & woofs,

Charlie Bear

August 23, 2012 at 9:52 am 8 comments

Barking, Biting, Jumping? 30-Second Solution

Charlie Bear here….nothing worse than a barking dog, right? Well, dogs like to bark. At things that we SHOULD bark at (like intruders), but we also bark for no real reason at all (like when someone is in the backyard, playing next door, or rides by on their bike), you get the idea.

So if you want to try to CORRECT the behavior, try this, recommended by Dr. Jon at PetPlace:

“My colleague Dr. Debra and I were discussing a client who recently came in. This dog was completely oblivious to his owners’ training. No matter what they did, he ignored it and kept up all the bad behaviors. I was telling her about some of the things the family had tried when her face lit up.  “Dr. Jon, I know just the thing!” she said. “I found this amazing product and it’s going to change how people train their dogs.” She had just introduced it in the online store, in fact.  It’s called the Pet Corrector and it is one of the very best training tools I’ve ever seen.

Well, I wanted to make sure I knew a lot about the product before recommending it, so I did some research. It turns out that Dr. Debra wasn’t the only one who went nuts for the Pet Corrector. Check out what dog lovers like you had to say about it:

“I was a bit skeptical about this product, but it worked every bit as well as the rave reviews said it would. The very first time I used Pet Corrector when my dog barked at an inappropriate time, he instantly quieted down and ran in to investigate the source. I consistently used it every time he barked at something he shouldn’t have for about a week, and found that his excess barking lessened considerably. Now I still use it, but sometimes I only need to show him the can – he is instantly quiet and fascinated by the sight of it! Also, his barking is much less of a problem, in general. We’ve made a training breakthrough with the help of Pet Corrector. ” – Elizabeth, Riverside -CA

“I rescue Yorkies, sometimes I have up to 10 dogs in my home. Dinner time is usually a barking hyper mess. But the very 1st time I used the Pet Corrector it worked. & I really have tried everything! Now dinner time is calm and peaceful for all of us.  ” – Gypsymomma, Moss Bluff -LA

“WOW! I am SO Happy with this purchase!…My two dogs barked at every single noise and people were not to fond of visiting me! They always bark excessively and jumped on everyone that came to our door. Well, Not anymore! I only sprayed the can twice and then showed them the can once or twice. They no longer run to the door and go crazy! Now people tell me how well behaved my dogs are!  ” – Scooter and Schotzi’s Mom, Joplin -MO

After talking to Dr. Debra and reading these amazing reviews, I just had to try it and see for myself.  I tested it with a client’s dog that barks incessantly – and the dog stopped barking!  And the first thing my client said was, “Where can I get one?!”

No one likes a poorly behaved dog-especially neighbors, landlords, and family members. Many methods that are on the market work, but they do so at a price. Shock or choke collars can be inhumane, and other behavior correctors use unpleasant sprays or sounds. You don’t have to rely on inhumane methods to quiet your dog; using the Pet Corrector  you can break these annoying habits without yelling or punishment.

If you have problems with barking, give the Pet Corrector a try. I’d love to hear what you think.”

Until next time,
Dr. Jon

P.S. – Want to learn more about the Pet Corrector? Watch this short video.

Pet Corrector Video

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Now, I’ve just got to say that Mom Peep does the “shssshhhhhing” sound with me and the squirt bottle too, but that Pet Corrector would probably stop me in my tracks. If you have one already, how has it worked for you?

Wiggles & Woofs to you,
Charlie Bear

June 2, 2012 at 12:51 pm 8 comments

I Remember…

Charlie Bear here, with my own memories and salute. On this Memorial Day, you all remember those who have served our country in order to protect us and keep us safe. I honor those men and women as well and proudly fly the American Flag in their honor.

I also have memories of those who I want to individually salute. That would be my rescuer, Ryo Matsui, and my foster mom, Sara Golden. They protected me and kept me safe when I was living on the streets in LA. They found me, took me in, and nurtured me until I was ready to find my forever home. I honor them today and, as is my usual custom, I send them Wiggles & Woofs for their love.

May we all stop a moment and remember the men and women who are serving our country and those who have gone on before them also in service. May we also honor the memory of someone close to us who has done something courageous and selfless just for you or me.

Much love from Mom Peep today.

Wiggles & Woofs,
Charlie Bear

May 28, 2012 at 6:38 am 8 comments

Rescued! Dog Finds a Good Home

Hi, Charlie Bear here, with a featured rescue dog (like me!). That’s Deedra, and she’s loved by her Peep, Pamala. Here is Deedra’s story:

Hi B.J.

When I lost my little dalmation/lab mix to a heart murmur, I was so heartbroken I decided I wouldn’t have another dog. I just couldn’t bear the pain of the loss. But within a week, I heard about a 3 year old lab that had been abused by its owners. My husband encouraged me to go look at her. Reluctantly, I went. I’ve loved many dogs in my life but there was a connection with Deedra. Within 30 minutes of meeting her, she came to live with us. She was shy, scared of everything and rarely left her bed we bought her. I had to buy 3 beds to get her to move from one to the other in the house. We began taking long walks together twice a day and I would just talk to her. We became connected at the hip. She still suffers with a bit of separation anxiety from me, but she’s growing out of it as she learns to trust. I watched her confidence build and soon began to see her try new things and venture more on her own on our ten acres.

I’m a teacher, and she stays with me in the classroom. She’s the first to let me know if someone is coming in that shouldn’t or that she doesn’t know. I’ve seen her get between two students that are beginning to have ‘words’ with one another (typical ‘splitting’ technique in the dog world) and they quickly stop so she won’t be upset. She points out to me who is having a rough day and  who has hard-boiled eggs in their lunch!

I had a bad headcold one day and fell asleep on the couch. I was gently awakened by her paw on my chest. When I could focus I asked her what she was doing and my husband said, “You weren’t breathing well, and she watched you for a while and on her own decided you needed to wake up.” Then one day I watched her playing rowdily with the older students when one of the parents arrived with a two year old. She immediately calmed down and stood quietly so the little one could pet her. Those events made me think she might be a great therapy dog. We’ve taken the training and have been put to use in several situations. She loves to visit the elderly clients, she comforts an ADD/ADHD student when he gets upset by laying on the floor and letting him lay on her. She has an ability to calm a rowdy dog, love gently a severely autistic child, and will drag me towards a person in a wheelchair to allow them to pet her. I’ve loved discovering her empathetic heart and watching her ‘fish’ in our pond, lay by the window in the sun, complain at my feet when I’ve been on the computer too long, play tag with the cat, and wake me up to snuggle at 5 am in my bed!

My husband and I just entered the ‘empty nest’ season of our life so at this point in time, I’m not sure which one of us needed the other one more!

Pamala J. Vincent

Between a Rock and a Teenager! Parenting Teens Survival Guide

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Charlie Bear back again — isn’t that the neatest story? Of course, I have a pretty neat one myself, and Mom Peep said I shouldn’t do it AGAIN, but you know me….I can’t help it. Here’s the book she wrote–it’s about our first year together. I think you might like it, especially Pamala, because Mom had a hard time bearing the pain of loss, too.

Wiggles & woofs,
Charlie Bear

Charlie Bear: What a Headstrong Rescue Dog Taught Me about Life, Love, and Second Chances  On the Publisher’s Website here: 
On Amazon here:

And Mom Peep said if you bought the book and read it (and liked it–we hope) that maybe you could write a review on Amazon for us? Let us know when you do that so we can thank you from the paws of our hearts.  xo xo    : o )

May 23, 2012 at 12:47 pm 4 comments

Rescue Dog Tells All…Part Two

My Mom Peep says the biggest thing to remember about rescue dogs is that they come with a lot of love, but that sometimes, they need time to get past some issues in order to show it.

She’s right. I came here to my new home with issues. One of them was not liking to be touched. Now, Dad could touch me all he wanted. There was something about him that brought out the Cuddly Charlie Bear in me. Mom…she was all about the big dog. Hey, in my mind, if she wasn’t going to show me much love, I wasn’t going out of my way to show love to her either.

But guess what she started to do? Little by little she began to show affection to me. She’d walk past me and lightly run her hand across the top of my head or softly pat me on the back. Often, she’d whisper, “You’re a good boy, Charlie Bear.” Then she’d continue on her way.

Because I had those “issues” and went after her big dog, Rex, she had a hard time with me, but there’s this thing Mom talked about once on an old blog post. She calls it PUT and she says anyone who takes on a rescue dog should PUT this into practice. Here’s what it stands for:

P – Patience
U – Understanding
T – Time

Mom also says it’s important to know that dogs often go through tough times in the adjustment phase. They may bark (I did that), dig (I didn’t do so much of that), chew (yup, the tops of some books in her office), nip (yup, I snapped at her and even drew blood once). Yet, she still gave me patience, understanding, and time. And I’m happy to report there is a happy ending to the story.

Have you ever had a rescue dog that needed time? Tell us about YOUR experience, and send us a photo of your dog(s). Mom already started her featured rescue dog posts with “Meet Skippy and Bailey.” Send in your pic today to:

Woofs & Wiggles,
Charlie Bear

Charlie Bear: What a Headstrong Rescue Dog Taught Me about Life, Love, and Second Chances  On the Publisher’s Website here: 
On Amazon here:

May 15, 2012 at 8:42 am 6 comments

Meet Rescue Dog Jesse

Charlie Bear here again with another wonderful rescue dog. This one lives with Martha, and she watches our blog posts. Don’t forget — Mom and I are featuring rescued dogs (like me) about once a week. Want to see yours? Send it via email attachment to:

Here’s what Martha said about Jesse:

“Jesse is a rescue. My vet said he’s between 5 – 6 years old. He is so well behaved but doesn’t want me out of his sight. I call him my bodyguard. I wish I knew some of his history. I feel it would make sense of some of the things he does. For one thing, when I give him his food he sits and looks at it but won’t touch it until I’ve sat down.

When I put his leash on to go out he ALWAYS goes straight to his food dish and grabs a bite or two. He doesn’t beg for people food and when I first got him he never played with toys. I had to actually teach him to play.

The photo is of Jesse on Christmas Day opening his packages. I got him just before Thanksgiving last year. He is a 20 lb. Yorkie on steroids. Actually the vet said he IS a Yorkie but from the old breed before they started downsizing them.

I have never had a dog that is as loving and protective as Jesse. I’ll give you a quick story. Jesse and I were in bed sleeping. My bedroom door was shut and my roommate came in later that night. I was asleep and felt something tapping me on the shoulder. It was Jesse. He got me awake and then stood straddling my chest and watched the door. Never barked nor growled, just stared at the door. He heard my roommate come in and was protecting his momma. He is a jewel! I love that beautiful little person in a furry body.”

Martha (A Book and A Dish) (Stir, Laugh, Repeat) Martha’s Kitchen Korner) (Martha’s Recipe Cabinet) (Stir, Laugh, Repeat the Cookbook) (Martha’s List The Good, The Bad, The Maybe)

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Charlie Bear back again. Thanks, Martha, for sharing with us And to our readers, we hope you like this new blog feature. Don’t forget to send in your pics!

Wiggles & Woofs,
Charlie Bear

Hey, do you care if Mom Peep posts this info about her new book? She doesn’t want to. She says it’s blatant and shameless, but I told her, “Hey, we’re talking about rescue dogs here. And I’m a rescue dog! Of course you should tell people about the book!” So here it is. I snuck it on the post when she wasn’t looking.

Charlie Bear: What a Headstrong Rescue Dog Taught Me about Life, Love, and Second Chances  On the Publisher’s Website here: 
On Amazon here:

May 7, 2012 at 1:50 pm 6 comments

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