I love getting new toys.

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Santa brought me an early Christmas present today! I just love getting new toys. I don’t usually get toys with stuffing in them anymore, so this one is especially cool. It has a smooshy, squeaky, stuffy part, a rope, and a tennis ball on the end. yay.

It’s pretty fun to shake it around:

Then I learned that when I shake it, this tennis ball part whips around and bites me in the butt:

We also learned that the tennis ball part leaves nasty bruises on humans and may be responsible for slight property damage, such as dented walls, when being flung around by a mastiff.

I gave it a good talking to:

and then we snuggled up under the kitchen table and took a nap:

I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas!

Goodbye Mowgli.

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It’s been a few months since we’ve checked in, and once again it’s sad news that’s kept us from updating and catching up with our friends.

Mowgli passed away on August 25,2010.  He was a very special dog and is greatly missed.

Mowgli, 2000-2010

We love you, Wuppy. Rest in peace.

Where We’ve Been

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Hey everyone. It’s been forever since we’ve tweeted or updated our blog - we’ve missed you guys. It’s been a rough few months for us as Harley passed away on May 5th. We’ve all been pretty depressed, and the person who types for us just wasn’t able to post this update without falling to pieces *tears drop onto keyboard* so we’ve been laying low. Not much more we can say, I guess. Death sucks.

We miss you, brown dog.

Harley, 1996-2010

Harley, 1996-2010

We have lots to catch up on and are looking forward to seeing what you all have been up to! We hope everyone is well.


Peabody & Mowgli

Game On

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Anyone wanna play?

Mowgli did! So here we are tugging:

…and tugging…

…and tugging some more…

…still tugging…

OK Mowgli, you can win.

This game looks like it’s better suited for my intellectual level:

I can pick my own letters? Cool!

Let’s see…where’s that “Y”? This is tough without thumbs:

I WIN! Where’s my treat?

That’s pretty much the last thing I remember.

Happy New Year everyone! :)

#FollowFriday: @Health4UandPets

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Real Names: Raven, Rio and Thor
We live with a whole house full of anipals! There is Ash the cockatiel, Scrabble the parakeet, 22 box turtles, bearded dragons, leopard geckos, 2 veiled chameleons, 3 corn snakes, mali uromastyx, chickens, ducks, geese, a turkey and fishies!

Here’s a little more about us:


Breed(s) - Rottie/Hound Dog Mix (you should hear me howl!)

Approx Age - 7 1/2

Location - Arizona

Hobbies - Eating, going for walks, keeping an eye on my neighbors and neighborhood gossip - every night I go out and tell everyone what happened that day, keeping my brothers in line because I am the Queen of the house (not mom like she thinks she is)

Favorite Foods - I have never refused any sort of food (even ants) but I prefer steak, pizza crusts and spaghetti and my favorite after dinner snack - carrots!

Bio - I was adopted from the Apache Junction Kill Shelter at 3 months old. Mom was looking at online pet rescues/shelters for a friend who wanted a dog. They had 4 doggies and had no plans on adopting. Out of all the sites, I caught her eye and as she read on the site that they only had 18 cages and each dog started at 18 and moved up to 1 and once there was no room, well, that poor dog at number one would not get to live to see another day. She told Daddy about me and they assumed I would find a home because I was so young.As she checked back over the next two weeks I kept moving up and one Friday I was Number 1 (brings a whole new meaning to that phrase, doesn’t it?). Mom was sad and still worked outside the home at that time and when daddy called her at 3:50pm she told him that I was number 1 and would not make it through the weekend. Without hesitation he said “call them and tell them we are coming for her!” Mom hung up and dialed as quick as she could and the man on the other end said they closed at 4pm.She said that they really wanted me but were almost an hour away and he said that he had secretly been pushing me back in line because I was so sweet and that he would stay til 5pm. Mom called dad and they raced to get me and arrived within minutes to spare. The Animal Control Officer said that I would not have made it through the weekend and that the person working on Sat would have put me to sleep.Mom walked in the room where I was and immediately began crying as she knew who was number 2, 3 and so on. There I laid in the back of my cage, eyes filled with tears when I looked up and saw her eyes filled with tears. I knew my forever home was here. When I walked in the door to my new home, I immediately set my goal to be the Queen - The Senior Doggie of the house. Now, at the age of 7 1/2 I am the Queen and have 2 loyal subjects I call Thor and Rio.

Likes - Being the boss, going to pawpawties and dressing up, and my hunky love Lou

Dislikes - When daddy tells me I am not the boss, he is

Biggest Fear - Not being able to walk in my pawpawty heels

Recommends you follow: @LouPeb @SylvieDog @LilyPup @FergusTheDog @Flicka47


Breed(s) - Lab/Shepherd Mix

Approx Age - 4

Location - Arizona

Hobbies - Being mama’s shadow and cuddling with mama, Pretending I’m a coyote! I have their howl down and they can’t even tell I’m not one of them.

Favorite Foods - Steak, pizza crusts and bully sticks

Bio - I was adopted from the Bisbee Animal Rescue who has a booth at a Farmers Market. One Saturday morning I was sitting at the Farmers Market when mom and dad were on their way to shop in Sierra Vista.Since the Farmers Market just opened they stopped in to get some fresh veggies.As mom came around a corner, there I sat in all my glory and she yelled to dad - Look he’s a combo of Raven, Blaze and Storm. They came over and asked about me and found out I had been in a foster home for 3 weeks and was found on the Mexico border.Yes, I am a border crosser! They had to go to Sierra Vista and since they were not looking for a dog because Storm had just passed away 6 weeks earlier, they said goodbye. The whole time they talked about me and found themselves conveniently driving back past the Farmers Market 15 min before close.Dad told mom that if he’s there, it was meant to be.Mom rushed over to the site and I wasn’t there! She asked the lady at the rescue where I was and she said I had been adopted (mom’s heart sank) but then said, wait - that was the pitbull, the guy you’re looking for is hiding under that stage. I knew it! I knew they were coming back and I was trying to stay away so someone else wouldn’t adopt me. They took me for a walk to see how I was and I wouldn’t look at them.Talk about playing hard to get, I almost played the part too well! Mom and dad still knew I was the perfect fit and adopted me.When I got home, I still was a little mad they didn’t adopt me before shopping so I sat by the gate and still wouldn’t look at them.Over the next 2 weeks I watched my sisters get love and treats and they seemed really happy so I gave in hook, line and sinker and now I can’t live without my mom!

Likes - Cuddling with mom and playing with Rio

Dislikes - Red lights and any sort of vehicle that drives by. I’m thinking this is because I was a border crosser :)

Biggest Fear - Going back to Mexico

Recommends you follow: @ersle @MizzBassie @MisterPeabody @BunnyJeanCook @CosmoHavanese


Breed(s) - Shepherd/Chow mix

Approx Age 4 (possibly 3 1/2)

Location - Arizona

Hobbies - Doing anything daddy does, chewing and ripping apart bones and toys, going for walks, chasing wabbits

Favorite Foods - Whatever is on the menu that night

Bio and/or Goals - I was adopted at the Douglas Animal Shelter. The shelter was attached to a vet and an animal crematorium. Mom was at the crematorium bringing in Whiskers who had passed away. As she was walking out the door, she heard this crazy barking whinning and asked the lady if she could walk through the shelter. There I was - Number 1 (not like Raven’s Puppy Number 1 - a whole new meaning again) wagging my tail, sticking my nose out of the cage and looking oh so cute and cuddly. I was a fluff ball of red hair. As mom walked down the row of dogs I kept screaming at her and she would look back and wave. She came back and said to me that I was a real cute guy and I’d find a home. I was thinking “Hey - did you look at my chart, I’ve been here a month waiting for you!” She walked out the door and I thought I’d never see her again.When she got in the truck, daddy asked where she had been and she said oh, there is this sweet guy - Puppy Number 1 who is adorable and needs a home. Of course, Daddy jumped out of the truck to come and see me.Our eyes met and I knew there was no way this guy would let me go! They took me out into the waiting area where, I peed like a firehose. I had such a bad life before that I was submissive and couldn’t stop peeing. Mom had to get a mop and bucket for the swamp I created and daddy just sat on the floor with me and my pee.Well they found out that I couldn’t be released til I was neutered.Ok, normally that would take a day but the vet at the shelter took his sweet time and it took 7 days! I had to sit there 7 days waiting for my new home.Mom and dad came every day to visit me and every day I created a swamp for them. They were told I was a year old and at that time I weighed 50lbs.Well fast forward to now, I weigh 120 lbs and no longer create swamps. It is estimated that I actually was about 5 months old and not a year old!

Likes - Watching wabbits,chasing wabbits,staring at wabbits,barking at wabbits, following dad around and beating up my brother Thor and of course my girl Lainey

Dislikes - Wabbits - they won’t come in the yard to play with me

Biggest Fear - going back to the shelter

Recommends you follow: @laineyspawtique @frugaldougal @rumblepurr @perrythebirman @MishaKidd @BabyPatches

We wish that there would be no doggies or kitties in shelters and everyone could be loved like us and so many of our furiends. We promote the message to never give up because when you’d least expect love, it will find you.

Follow Raven, Rio and Thor on twitter at @Health4UandPets.

You can also  check out their blog:  http://www.health4uandpets.typepad.com/raven_thor_rio
and Facebook Fan page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Raven-Thor-And-Rio/179326548823

Carving Our Pumpkins

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We got these things called “pumpkins” today. At first, I wasn’t sure what this thing was. Mowgli and Harley didn’t really seem too interested in it, but I sure was.

I gave it a good lick and it kind of tasted like food:

Then I found out it rolls like a ball:

I realized I could pick this thing up:

So I decided to head for the door and bring it inside:

I really wanted to show it to my stuffed animal friend, but she didn’t seem too interested:

I don’t think my person liked having the pumpkin in the house because she picked it up and brought it back outside where I proceeded to start carving it:

I used my teeth and my claws to carve mine:

Mowgli just poked at his:

Harley got a cute little one:

S M I L E !

More carving, and some eating:

Finally finished. I could have eaten…I mean…carved a little more, but my person said I had enough:

Mowgli’s looks pretty much the same as when he started:

So does Harley’s:

We had a great time with our pumpkins. We hope you do, too! Happy Halloween :)

Tennis Balls

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We got a fresh new pack of tennis balls today. The container makes a popping sound when it opens, and it is SO MUCH FUN to play with.

This is the tube my tennis balls come in:

It’s hard work getting them out of there.
(She took out Mowgli & Harley’s, but I have to get my own):

Here I am with practically the whole tube in my mouth:

I finally got the lid off and nearly got my tongue stuck in there:

My person thinks this is the BEST picture she's ever taken

I SEE you in there, ball!


Look, Mowgli! LOOK!

Then I squished it.

Here’s what all of my tennis balls look like after I play with them:

My Pack

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Our person says it’s really hard to get all three of us looking good in a picture together. It took some work and lots of cookies, but we were able to get a couple shots:

Here we are laying on the white rug that we’re not supposed to lay on:

We thought this one of our backsides was kinda funny, too. We kept getting all tangled up in our leashes so it’s the best one we could get all together. We were hiking at South Mountain with our people a few months ago, before it got too hot.

#FollowFriday: @ShawneeShep

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Real Name: Shawnee

Breed(s): German Shepherd Dog (either with faulty markings or a little bit of a mix - and I say this only ’cause people always ask if I am purebred)

Approx Age: 8 years

Location: Central New Jersey

Hobbies: Alerting mom to people nearing our house (including but not limited to the mailman, the UPS man, the Fedex man, the boy coming home at all hours of the night, helping socialize foster dogs that are scared like I used to be, collecting stuffed toys that make real animal sounds, writing my blog.
Favorite Foods: Greenies, cow ears, bully sticks, cheese, just about anything but not crazy about fruit and veggies if they are not mixed with something.

Bio: I was only 4 months old when I was in the shelter and I was very traumatized. I had no socialization so I was scared of everyone and everything and stayed curled up in the corner shaking violently.  A lady at the shelter asked my mom to foster me.  Mom saw me shaking and said, “Give me that puppy!” When the lady picked me up to give me to mom, I had diarrhea all over her white blouse, I was so scared.  Oops.  Mom worked very hard to get me to not be scared.  She tried adopting me out one time and I got all scared again and was returned after just 4 hours so mom said I could stay with her for forever because it was too much trauma for me to get adopted.  We went to obedience classes to build up my self-esteem and now I hardly ever get scared any more.  I even have a fancy schmancy Canine Good Citizen certificate with an official gold seal.
Scared Little Shawnee at Adoption Day

Scared Little Shawnee at Adoption Day

Goals: Hiking every trail in the states of New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and beyond.

Likes: As part of my socialization, mom used to have me sit in her lap and eat treats when I was little so to this day I still like sitting on laps, anyone’s lap.  Sit on the floor, I am in your lap and you are squished.  I love belly rubs.  When mom says “Show me your jelly belly” and I go belly up.  But only for mom, never for anyone else.

Dislikes: The Dyson, or any vacuum cleaner.  If it sucks my hairs up off the floor, it’s gonna suck me up too.  That is a known fact.  Really.

Biggest Fear: I used to be scared to death of Christmas decorations. If somebody put up decorations outside I would not do walkies past their house.  I have gotten over that now.  I am still scared of going upstairs to the second floor of our house.  I hear the boy’s room is up there and that it is a very scary place where bombs have exploded. Have never been up there and can’t make me.  No way, no how.

Shawnee recommends you follow: @JohannTheDog @Laineyspawtique  @MisterPeabody @Snick_the_Dog @Wildboutbirds @buckypg @BadAndy_KityKat @ConfuciusCat @GodzillaofJapan @dobie_evgeni @pandafur

Follow Shawnee on Twitter at @ShawneeShep and Companion Critters, the rescue she helps run, at @CCritters!
Check out her blog, too: http://shawneetheshep.blogspot.com/

#FollowFriday: @BloodhoundNdots

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Real Name: Annie

Breed: Bloodhound

Approx Age: 1 year 3 months

Location: South Central Illinois

Hobbies: Chew the guts outta my stuffed toys & ripping cardboard into little pieces.

Favorite Foods: Hot Dogs I HotDogaholic

Bio: I was 7 months old when my new owners came & got me one snowy night. I was tied by a short chain to my dog house & it was so cold outside. De loaded me up in a car in dads lap & we drove for miles & miles before we got to der house. De took me in de house & put me in a big kennel. I now a house dog & I so happy I warm when it cold & cool when it hot!

Goals: My goals is to become a very good dog for Mom & Dad. Also to become an excellent tracker like my sis Sauci.

Likes: Likes to go to kitchen wit Mom & watch her cook.

Dislikes: I don’t like stayin in the outdoor kennel.

Biggest Fear: Dat mom will leave.


Real Name: Sauci

Breed: Dachshund

Approx Age: 6 years old

Location: South Central Illinois

Hobbies: Fishing & hunting

Favorite Foods: Burger King Hamburgys

Goals: My goal is to be Alpha dog & remain Alpha dog

Likes: Tracking

Dislikes: Annie the bloodhound

Biggest Fear: the dark


Real Name: Bucky

Breed: Dachshund

Approx Age: 3 years old

Location: South Central Illinois

Hobbies: Running through the woods

Favorite Foods: Burger King Hamburgys

Bio: I was nearly a year old when my previous owners dumped me at a small town lake in de middle of December. By de time sumbudy caught me I wuz skin N bones, dirty & cold (de say I looked like a little skeleton). Me lived in de woods by dis little lake for several weeks by myself. Then these nice people took me to my new home & I in heaven now! My mom loves my kisses & hugs she a Goddess to me. I can’t seem to press my face to hers close enough. My favorite time of day is when I can curl up in bed wit mom & dad. Me kisses em & kisses em & give them soulful looks of love!

Goals: My goals are to be sneaky & steal kibble from Annie

Likes: Sleepin in bed in moms arms

Dislikes: Annie the bloodhound buggin me when I am curled up in de covers.

Biggest Fear: me tuff I have none – well maybe getting a shower

@BloodhoundNdots recommends you follow: @OzzyDox @JimniKricket @DblDapKira @areucrazy @parisreddog @BabyHaroldK @bellemia

Follow this bloodhound & dachsund gang on twitter at @BloodhoundNdots.

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