Penelope’s mom painted this fabulous picture and posted it in our Woofy Woo Crew with the caption above. Love it! She painted a series of pictures for a calendar fundraiser for a no kill shelter. Great job! Click here to join the Woofy Woo Crew.
We were wondering how many Facebook pet/person matches have been made. Especially a match involving an assistance dog whose journey was followed by tens of thousands online as part of a Milk Bone campaign and an injured marine. We found this story by Sue Manning, AP and it truly does have a happy ending. Read on…
Noble, Facebook dog sensation, meets his man
By SUE MANNING Associated Press
Posted: 02/22/2011 11:51:44 AM PST
LOS ANGELES—Noble is a four-legged Facebook star with thousands of friends. Sam is a 23-year-old Marine who was paralyzed in a car accident. After months, the two have been matched.
Noble, a golden retriever, was raised from a pup and trained as a service dog as his online fans logged in every day, sharing stories and offering words of encouragement. Sam Farr, 23, of Oceanside joined the Marines right out of high school. He was on duty in North Carolina two years ago when the car he was in went out of control and over a cliff, partially severing his spinal cord.
It would be a month before he woke from a coma in a Georgia hospital. He was paralyzed, unable to use his hands or walk. During Farr’s rehabilitation, volunteers from a group called Canine Assistants visited the hospital with service dogs that would lick Farr’s hand. When Farr was asked if he’d like a dog, he said yes.
It was more than 18 months of hard work for both before they met a few weeks ago. “He jumped straight in my lap and started licking me in the face,” Farr said. “They brought two other dogs. I had to continually give the other dogs treats to get them to respond to me. With Noble, I didn’t have to do that.”
Only after they knew it was a match did Canine Assistants tell Farr about Noble’s Facebook fame. “They asked me if I knew anything about Facebook and I said, ‘I am the king of Facebook.'”
Farr promised Noble’s fans he would figure out a way to keep them posted. “They have nothing to worry about. Dogs are one of the greatest creatures on God’s planet. I will take care of him like he takes care of me,” Farr said. Her son knows the value of friendship, said his mom, Crystal Farr. After the accident, Farr’s three best friends went to school to learn how to do IVs and take care of him in an emergency. “Sam loved that they did that for him,” Mrs. Farr said.
Farr said he hopes he and Noble can go to school, and they are planning a Caribbean cruise. They’ve only known each other a few weeks, but Farr said Noble already knows when he’s feeling bad. “He’ll come to my room and lay his head in the bed next to me and make sure I’m doing OK.” For Farr, the hardest part of being paralyzed is going out. “Sometimes I feel there’s no point, like it’s a waste of time because I can’t do the things I used to do.”
But he and Noble have been to the mall, the movies and a restaurant, and going out is starting to have more appeal. Mrs. Farr said her son is constantly dropping things. She used to retrieve them, but now Noble does. “He’s so fantastic. Sometimes I forget he’s a dog because he reacts so much like a human,” she said. Mrs. Farr is comfortable enough now to go back to work as a CPR instructor for the American Heart Association.
Noble’s Facebook page, chronicling his journey to becoming a service dog, is part of an ad campaign for Milk-Bone. He has over 34,000 friends and counting. A copyrighter on the campaign, Will Decher, summed up the feelings of those who got to know Noble over the months: “You can teach a dog tricks, rules and commands, but you can’t teach a dog how to have a Noble heart.”
Our very special guest is NYT Bestselling Author Larry Levin. He will discuss his wonderful book, Oogy. Larry and Oogy have been guests on Oprah, GMA and now they are here with us to discuss their journey.
In 2002, Larry Levin and his twin sons, Dan and Noah, took their terminally ill cat to the Ardmore Animal Hospital outside Philadelphia to have the beloved pet put to sleep. What would begin as a terrible day suddenly got brighter as the ugliest dog they had ever seen–one who was missing an ear and had half his face covered in scar tissue–ran up to them and captured their hearts. The dog had been used as bait for fighting dogs when he was just a few months old. He had been thrown in a cage and left to die until the police rescued him and the staff at Ardmore Animal Hospital saved his life. The Levins, whose sons are themselves adopted, were unable to resist Oogy’s charms, and decided to take him home.
Heartwarming and redemptive, OOGY is the story of the people who were determined to rescue this dog against all odds, and of the family who took him home, named him “Oogy” (an affectionate derivative of ugly), and made him one of their own.
Plus so much more petrific, funny, mayhem including:
- Philomena update!
- Odd News and Weird Pet News-Including Bugalishiousness
- Celebrity Pet Gossip-Juicy celeb petliciousness
- Animal Health-True blood goes to the dogs
- Late breaking news-current events in the pet world
- Product review prize winner, cat scratcher giveaway
- Pets Teach Us So Much Lessons learned from a mousetrap
Next week- Teeny’s Friends rescue and emergency pet prep with Fire Chief Joe
Like and friend us on Facebook, Follow us on Twitter @TPPCtv, Network Blog Follow us and Join the Woofy Woo Crew
Go to Pets Teach Us So Much Radio and join the chat room or call in with questions at 6:30 PM EST Thursday, Feb 24 or listen on demand or download to iTunes.
SEE YOU THERE! WOOFY WOO!
If you lose your snake on the Boston T, don’t expect a free ride! A 3 foot boa constrictor was lost for almost a month on the Red Line. Apparently, there were some good eats on the T…I mean we know about the rats on the train lines in NYC . The snake was found about a month later and he incurred quite a bill, for clean up that is.
The snake’s mommy peep, Melissa Moorhouse was handed a bill for $650 to cover the cleaning of the car to rid any potential traces of salmonella. Our question is, how do they know he was confined to just that car? Maybe he was car hopping at night or riding around on different lines with spray paint tagging cars with “SSSSSSS was here.” The police will think it’s a new gang but alas, it’s just a little boa constrictor humor.
Our advice…Melissa…send the T a bill for rat removal!
From NECN.com More:
It was a story that attracted attention – a snake loose on an MBTA train. but now it’s the bill handed to the snake’s owner that is raising eyebrows.
Snake owner Melissa Moorhouse says she received a $650 bill from the MBTA for cleaning costs related to the location of the snake, which the letter notes is a violation of the T’s pet policy.
The letter explains:
To rid the subway car of any traces of germs such as salmonella, which may have been left by your snake, MBTA maintenance crews had to scrub and disinfect the Red Line car in which your snake was found.
The MBTA took this necessary action based on information from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, which states, “Children under five years old and people with weak immune systems should avoid contact with reptiles and any items that have been in contact with reptiles and amphibians.”
Click on the link above to read the full story
Give it a go…it’s just such a cute picture! Leave your caption in the comments section.
Ummm….honey, have you seen the kittens? Honey: No but the UPS man just came to pick up the box of smoked white fish we are sending to your mom.
You have heard of a bunny slope? This is the kitty slope.
You are being hypnotized by cuteness to hand over that tuna sandwich.
Kitties and butter with that popcorn?
Hope you all have a wonderful day!
Congrats to The Island Cats for winning our Valentine’s Day cat scratcher giveaway. We hope your kitties enjoy this wonderful prize.
We just love watching our little friend Jasmine do her tricks! She is one smart doggie! Meet Jasmine in the Woofy Woo Crew.
Chihuahua Wisdom is a wonderful Chi-centric blog with the tag line of ” The world according to Chanel the Chihuahua Diva”. This is a blog with a sense of humor and ton of cuteness.
About the blog from the Author:
This blog is mainly a conversation between me and my well intentioned owner. My humans call me Chanel. Rather chic and fitting, I’d say. Thisdog is no ordinary canine. For those who don’t know me, I am a teacup chihuahua (because you know there needed to be smaller chihuahuas in this world!) But never mind that, what I lack in stature, I make up in spirit (and personality!) What matters is the wisdom I have gained experiencing the world from my particular perspective.
My Chihuahua family is very important to me. In my blog, you’ll meet the whole familia – Mami and Papi Chihuahua from West Palm; my sisters in Jupite (Florida, not the planet. Though that is sometimes debatable); my other sister Chihuahuas in Kansas City and her adopted seeester; even my “big brother,” Tigger, a.k.a Señor Cato, who lives here with me in sunny St. Petersburg, Florida. We’re a close family, loud, opinionated and outspoken.
Do stop by and show them some pet bloggy love! You will be glad you did!
Have some Pet Blogger Support Saturday Blog Hop Fun! Add your link and post on your site.
Do you love animals and love to laugh?
Robbin and Joseph Everett, Pet Lifestyle Experts, TV Stars of the #1 Pet Web TV show in the world, TPPC.tv, popular pet bloggers, columnists and radio show hosts on Pets Teach Us So Much Radio will keep you laughing and your pets howling. This fabulous radio show is based on their popular pet blog paired with the gritty, real wit of this pet loving, hysterical and slightly off center married couple taking the internet radio world by storm.
Listen live via the web at KDWRadio.com on Tuesdays at 12:00 noon, ET and Fridays at 11:00 AM. Sarasota County, FL residents can tune in on 97.5, FM.
Oh it’s just all good. Thanks to Woofy Woo Crew member Dr. K. Wright for sharing. Meet Dr. Wright and all of the Woofy Woo Crew Members in our wonderful social network for pet lovers.