This Chihuahua Went from Terrible Dog to Therapy Dog!

Teddy the Chihuahua formally Eddie the Terrible

Photo credit: Maddie’s Fund

 

Sometimes all anyone needs to be rehabilitated is to find the right family. For Teddy the Chihuahua, formerly known as Eddie the Terrible, the right family completely changed him. According to Maddie’s Fund, Eddie ended up at the Humane Society Silicon Valley (HSSV) less than two years ago. Although sometimes, in the words of HSSV’s Finnegan Dowling, Eddie would simply act “like he was this little doggy angel dropped down from heaven,” he wasn’t such an angel about other dogs. In fact, according to Dowling, Eddie “would just fly off the handle” about other dogs.

That didn’t keep HSSV from looking for a family for Eddie. “Eddie was an incredibly normal, smart, loving, funny, terrible dog in the way that most people’s dogs can be awful. My own included,” as Dowling said about Eddie’s behavior. Although HSSV knew that Eddie wouldn’t be the right dog for every family, they knew that he “would make someone a loving pet.”

Read Teddy the Chihuahua’s complete story.

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The Dog Film Festival Was Boffo in Chicago!

Gia and her adopted family - Dog Film Festival

The dog lovers of Chicago came out in droves to see the Dog Film Festival at the wonderful Music Box theater, which worked right alongside the Festival team in doing PR. We chose Chicago because our national sponsor the Petco Foundation had given a grant to the great shelter group PAWS Chicago, which also helped to get the word out about the film programs, from which they got 50% of every ticket sold.

It really helped that the Festival sponsor Why Does My Dog sent their own Aly Delacoeur to do two TV interviews in the days before the Festival, and then I had the pleasure of doing an early segment live on the Sunday morning of the Festival itself. The folks at Fox 32 News were so welcoming and I had brought a Dog Film Festival limited edition t-shirt to thank a terrific PAWS volunteer, Tom Garrett, who came with a sweet little white dog named Gia, who was up for adoption.

Showing the dedication of volunteers who believe that “every dog deserves their best possible life,” Tom had taken Gia home with him the night before so they’d be ready for the 7:30 AM call at the studio. The (very handsome!) show host George was so kind and made us feel right at home. I couldn’t help telling Tom’s secret which was that Gia had not left his side since he’d brought her home, including insisting on sleeping in his bed and driving in his lap (much to the surprise of Tom’s own Labrador!)

Right after our conversation it was time for the local weather report, offered by their famed Illinois meteorologist, Mark Strehl. And get this: during the commercial break Mark said that Gia had fallen for him, because she hadn’t taken her eyes off him on the sidelines during the entire interview. So he asked if he could hold her, and he did so lovingly during his entire weather report!

Then he graciously took a photo with me and Gia afterward.

Tracie Hotchner, Chicago weatherman Mark Strehl with Gia the dog

And all that extra attention paid off more than we might have imagined: Gia went to the Music Box theater and hung out outside while movie-goers streamed in and out, but she had already been “put on hold” by a family that saw her on the news! She’s the little smiling white one in the photo!

And to gild the lily, the other pooch at the theater, a darling hound puppy, Ducky, was also adopted back at the shelter after the Festival wrapped up.

Ducky Gets Adopted - Dog Film Festival

It was such a thrilling day: so many happy Chicagtoans enjoying the films and the messages of love and hope for dogs and their people. The two dogs who came got adopted. And founding sponsor Halo, Purely for Pets, gave their customary 10,000 bowls of food to another shelter in Chicago that PAWS chose to share the bounty. (more on those Halo food donations next week!)

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Fido + Fluffy’s Freebie Friday Heads to Pennsylvania!

As I write this, we’re having yet another nearly 100 degree day. We’re getting the first hints of autumn, including the ripening of the beautyberries alongside our creek, but the…



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8 Tips for Leaving Your Dog Home with Family Members

This Wednesday through Friday I’m gone to Pittsburgh for a trip sponsored by Nutrish. I’ll be joining many of the other Nutrish influencers to tour a local shelter, walk adoptable dogs,…



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Jack

Naples: beautiful dog and beautiful owner.  This is Mara and her puppy, Jack – he’s an Alaskan Malamute/Siberian Husky mix.
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Zoe

This is Zoe, a totally adorable Old English Bulldog – she’s two years old and lives in Naples and I met her in front of the Duomo where the Feast Day of San Gennaro was taking place.
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Hopeful

Hopeful … in Naples, Italy.
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Fido + Fluffy’s Freebie Friday Plans Some Day Trips

We’ve been making a list of day trips we’re eager to enjoy with Irie and Tiki this fall…as soon as the weather dips below 90. I thought we might be there this week but we’re…



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Noticeable Results: Arizona Animal Welfare League & SPCA – Jake’s Story

Jake from Arizona Animal Welfare League & SPCA

The Arizona Animal Welfare League & SPCA (AAWL & SPCA) is the largest and oldest no-kill shelter in Arizona. Its mission is to create a world where there are no homeless dogs and cats and to be the community’s leading source for pet adoptions, veterinary services, volunteer opportunities, humane education and expertise in animal welfare.

Halo is proud to partner with Freekibble.com and GreaterGood.org to feed all the AAWL & SPCA pets year around.

Here’s what AAWL & SPCA had to say about a recent Halo Pets donation:

Meet Jake. Jake initially came to AAWL in July 2011. Over the last 4 years Jake has been adopted and returned 4 times. The last return was Feb 2015 and Jake was with AAWL until he was adopted again on 9/16/2015.

Jake is nearly 5 years old, has hip problems that make it tough for him to get enough exercise so weight had been a problem for him. During the 7 months he was with AAWL in 2015 the high quality diet he received helped stabilize his weight, allowing him more walks without pain and time in the therapy pool to improve his strength.

His adoption in September followed a slumber party – a nationally recognized program of AAWL’s that allows families to bring a tougher to adopt animal home and see how he fits in with the family. During the 3 – 7 day slumber party, AAWL provides kennel, bedding, leash & collar as well as food to continue the appropriate diet and any medications that an animal may be taking. As you can see, Jake’s potential family became his forever family and keeps up his own personal Facebook page sharing his happy life.

Thank you AAWL & SPCA for making a noticeable difference for pets in your community.

When you choose Halo pet food, made from natural, whole food ingredients, your pet won’t be the only one with a radiant coat, clear eyes and renewed energy. Halo feeds it forward, donating over 1.5 million meals annually. As always, Halo will donate a bowl to a shelter every time YOU buy.

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Happy Birthday Grandmother Songs

Grandmother is the most loving, caring and beautiful person to a grandchild. Their presence is always peaceful and the wisdom they impart is important for the child. Wish your Grandma on their birthday with these messages. Share these lovely birthday wishes with everyone.   Dear Granny. Thank you for always picking my side when I […]



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