October is American Humane Association’s Adopt a Dog Month

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In case you haven’t heard, October is the American Humane Association’s Adopt-A-Dog-Month!


Every October, American Humane Association encourages animal lovers to consider adopting a dog from a local shelter or rescue group in honor of its yearly “Adopt-a-Dog Month®.” This year, American Humane Association is launching a national initiative to bring awareness to a particularly important issue: The need to provide safe, loving homes for the thousands of older pets that often face the highest risk in animal shelters. Bear and Scooter are both senior dogs, and needless to say, senior pets are very near and dear to my heart.


Each year, an estimated 3- 4 million shelter animals are euthanized in the United States. Many potential pet adopters overlook older animals, but there are so many reasons why senior dogs make ideal furry family members:

  • They tend to be less rambunctious than younger dogs
  • They’re often already house-trained
  • They’re a great fit for people with busy lifestyles
  • They’re so grateful for a second chance
  • They love you unconditionally


Here are a variety of ways to celebrate Adopt A Dog Month:

Adopt from a shelter or rescue group
When you’re ready to open your heart and home to a new best friend, adopt from your local animal shelter or rescue group. Talk with shelter staff to find the perfect dog for you and your lifestyle, and remember that older dogs make excellent pets too.

Spay or neuter your dog
Have your dog spayed or neutered, thus preventing the possibility of unexpected, and potentially unwanted, puppies. Spayed and neutered animals have been shown to lead longer, healthier lives and have fewer of certain behavioral problems than animals who have not been spayed or neutered.

ID your pet
By putting identification on your dog, either in the form of a tag, a microchip or both, you will reduce the possibility that your pet will become one of the presumably “homeless” dogs that end up at your local shelter. Only 15-20 percent of dogs who enter a shelter are reunited with their owners. Make sure your dog is one of the fortunate few by outfitting him with proper identification!

Support your local shelter
Show the pets at your local shelter or rescue group that you care by donating time, money or supplies like pet food, leashes, beds and toys. Call the shelter to see what supplies or services are needed most. Even the smallest effort can make a difference.

As many of you know, both Bear and Scooter are rescued. Rescued is our favorite breed! We also love to volunteer for our local animal rescue organizations, and we also foster dogs on occasion for a special needs rescue in our area- Panda Paws Rescue.

Now I’m curious about you? Do you live with an adopted fur friend? Do you volunteer with your local shelter? Did anyone adopt a dog this month?? 

‘My Apollo’ a Story of Companionship & Healing

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Here at home, a large portion of my bookshelf is dedicated to animal-related books, with a small portion of those being children’s books about pets. Today we’re excited to share with you a beautiful children’s book from an author right here in Portland, Oregon! Nina Huang wrote ‘My Apollo‘ after being inspired by her own experiences in rescuing companion dogs.


My Apollo‘ is a gorgeous book, full of beautiful hand-illustrated drawings that are absolutely lovely. The watercolor images are done by the author herself, and the book is hardbound on durable, heavyweight paper.


‘My Apollo’ features the story of a young boy who is struggling at school. His family adopts a rescue greyhound, Apollo, and the book follows along as the two of them begin a healing journey together. The great thing is, Apollo the dog actually exists- Nina and her family adopted him and have helped him overcome his shy nature and fear of new things.


You can learn more about author/illustrator Nina Huang on her website.

Disclaimer: SheSpeaksBark was provided with a copy of ‘My Apollo’ for the purpose of this book review. SheSpeaksBark was not compensated in any way to write this post. All thoughts and opinions are exclusively my own, and we only share products and services on SheSpeaksBark that we feel are relevant to our readers. As always, thank you for supporting brands that make SheSpeaksBark possible! 

{Black & White Sunday} Meeting Duncan Lou Who!

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Last weekend I was lucky enough to meet the famous Duncan Lou Who (DLW) of Panda Paws Rescue while he was down at the Portland Saturday Market with his family. Duncan is a young male boxer who was born with four legs, but the back two were fused into nearly a pretzel like shape. His best chance for a happy life was to have them removed, and that’s just what his caretakers Amanda & Gary of Panda Paws Rescue decided to do.


They’ve tried to have Duncan use several different wheelchairs and he despises them, so instead he runs free as he wants to be <3 He’s sweet, and gentle and so silly with the perfect pout and I absolutely felt honored to meet him.  Please be sure to click through on the first link mentioning Panda Paws Rescue, they have an incredible collection of videos on their youtube page, and you can easily donate if you feel so inclined.


Image credit: First image taken by Gary Walter of PPR on my iPhone, 2nd image taken by Gary Walters for PPR facebook.

Fetch ID Microchip Registration Service

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How many of you have your pets microchipped?
We sure do! As a former shelter worker, I deeply understand the importance of microchipping our pets- even my pet rabbits have been microchipped-just in case. Microchipping is so important because obviously, if our pets are lost, they can’t just tell someone their moms phone #, or where they belong like a lost child might be able to- which means its up to US to do the ‘talking’ for them! Microchipping is an excellent way to have a constant form of ID on your pets, and it certainly provides me with a lot of peace of mind. That’s not to say collars with up to date tags aren’t important too- but collars can get lost or taken off of your dog-and then they’re literally no good to either of you.
I have literally dozens of stories of pets being reunited with their owners thanks to microchips- situations I’ve experienced personally, with animals I knew (and sometimes helped to round up working animal control!). My favorite two stories are:
  • 12 year old German Shepherd comes into the shelter. No collar at all. Looks healthy- no one’s called missing him- but we knew the old boy belonged somewhere. We scan him, and find out that he’s microchipped- hooray! A bit of phone call time and contact info chasing later, and he’s reunited with his beloved family. He wasn’t wearing his collar because he’d just been bathed- and picked the worst moment to wander out of his families yard.
  • Then there was a 5 year old stray Siamese cat that we were processing for adoption. He gets scanned and has a microchip. Holy cow! It took several days of tracking down through the microchip company but we finally got ahold of his owners. He had been missing for THREE YEARS! Theirs was one of the happiest reunions I’ve seen :)


In both of these cases though, a lot of work was needed to reunite pet and owner. First you must call the 800 number for the company who implanted the chip in the animal. Then the company must check their records to find contact information on the owner. Here’s the thing though- many pets are microchipped but NEVER registered- meaning there is no contact information on the owner of that animal. Occasionally- a pet has been registered in the name of the animal shelter, rescue organization, or vets office. Then that company or organization must be contacted, and they have to search their records to find a match on that Microchip ID (if they even keep them!) so you can see there is a lot of room for improvement in this current system. That’s where Fetch ID has stepped in to fill the gap.

Fetch ID is a new service that registers microchip #’s for all brands of microchips. This is a vitally important factor as there are several different companies that provide microchip services- as seen in the graphic below. Nowadays ‘universal microchip scanners’ exist, but back when microchips first hit the market- each company had their own scanner too- further muddling the process. Scooter has an Avid microchip, while Bear’s is Home Again- it’s so nice for a pet parent like me to be able to have a service that tracks and manages both of them!

“Fetch ID was created to streamline the process of reuniting pets and their owners. Once a pet is registered with Fetch ID, a rescuer only has to perform a quick Google search of the ID number to instantly retrieve an owner’s phone number or email
address to contact them directly and a picture of the pet for instant verification.”

-From FetchID.com

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As an awesome added bonus- Fetch ID also includes $500 for travel assistance, lost pet alerts, custom printable lost pet posters and your pet is also added to their Google-powered pet registration database. I love knowing exactly where to turn should one of my boys ever go missing- because IF that ever were to happen, I know my rational brain would not be guiding my choices at that time 😉 Fetch ID offers all of this incredible service and protection for just a $9.99 ONE TIME fee!  There are never any renewal fees or hidden costs. Amazing right!?
As you can see from the screen shot below- the user profile is very simple, and only contains the information you’d need to update it, or to report your pet missing. Even the most panicked pet parent won’t miss the red ‘report lost pet’ button in case of an emergency.
Here’s my favorite part, and the reason that Fetch ID is oh-so useful. You can do a GOOGLE SEARCH with the pets ID #, and will instantly have all the information needed to reunite the pet with their parent. It’s so so awesome you guys! Seriously- give it a go- take this ID # (900108000941405) and pop over to google and try it yourself. Here’s what you’ll find:
If you’re interested in trying the service out yourself just visit www.fetch-id.com and register your dog(s) using the form on the website. You don’t even have to use your computer, registration is possible using a smartphone! If you’ve got more than one pet to register, just start with one pet and create your account. You’ll get an email prompting you to log-in where you can set a secondary contact, upload a photo, and ‘add a pet’ which is what you’ll need to do to add any additional microchipped members of your family to the database.
Connect with FetchID on facebook and twitter too!
So now that you’re on the up and up with how Fetch ID works to track microchip ID’s and to reunite pets and their parents in the event of a lost pet- I’m curious- is this service something you’d be interested in trying out with your pets?
Disclaimer: FetchID provided SheSpeaksBark with free microchip registrations through their service. SheSpeaksBark was not compensated to write this post. All thoughts and opinions are exclusively my own, and we only share products and services on SheSpeaksBark that we feel are relevant to our readers. As always, thank you for supporting brands that make SheSpeaksBark possible!