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My Good Dogs and Their Kid

Posted by on Aug 30, 2012 in Animal Rescue, Lifestyle, Paws for Thought, Safety, Slider | 0 comments

My Good Dogs and Their Kid

I believe at heart, all dogs are good dogs.  Or, at least strive to be good dogs.  There are many dog breeds in the world today and my two fur kids are definitely couture.  They are a melting pot of mixed breeds which make them all the more special to me. Abe is most likely a Labrador Retriever mix and Chico is some combination of Chihuahua and Corgi perhaps.  I did purchase a DNA test (Wisdom Panel) for each of them and will be swabbing their cheeks soon!  Most importantly, they are both dog rescue success stories! Prior to adopting Abe, over eight years ago, my husband and I knew that dog adoption was for us.   Chico, on the other hand, well, he sort of fell into our lap about a year and a half ago… and stayed. Sixteen months ago, we also added another member to our family.  A two legger named Sebastian.  So, I am surrounded by boys and I love it.  They are hilarious and warm my heart with all of their canine and human antics.  Most importantly though, they all love one another.  Sebastian has his face washed by Abe and Chico daily and they thoroughly enjoy flanking his highchair at meal time. Of course, we are extra careful with Abe and Chico.  We ensure that Sebastian doesn’t antagonize them and know when they have had enough baby time.  If you have a new baby on the way, here are a few tips to create a safe environment:  http://www.jennfadal.com/having-a-baby-tips-to-prepare-your-four-legged-child/ And, if you would like a peak into our life with baby and dogs visit:  http://www.jennfadal.com/good-morning/. For now, here is a picture of all my boys…after they opened a box containing a Master Moves Mickey!  ...

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Wellness Day 2012 Pictures

Posted by on Jun 3, 2012 in Animal Rescue, Events | 0 comments

Wellness Day 2012 Pictures

Finally!  A few pictures from Wellness Day to share with...

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Uggie- the cutest celeb on the red carpet

Posted by on Jan 17, 2012 in Animal Rescue, Events, Lifestyle, Paws for Thought, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Is it possible that the best dressed celeb at the Golden Globes was wearing only a bow tie?  Uggie, the Jack Russel who was once kicked out of two homes and fated for life at the pound or worse, stole the show at the Globes Sunday night.  In true Jenn fashion, I love watching the Golden Globes, the Oscars, People’s Choice Awards…etc…but usually haven’t seen the movies that are nominated.  This year was no different. So when I saw the little Jack Russel Terrier named Uggie, go up to receive the award with the rest of the cast from The Artist I was surprised and knew I had to find out his story. Apparently, Uggie is a trick happy, extreme skateboarding,  9 year young actor who has quite a bit of movie experience under his paw.  The incredible dogs website lists Uggie’s appearances which include:  Water for Elephants, Disney’s Life is Ruff, Mr. Fix It and now The Artist. Uggie was such a hit that groups are calling for him to be in the running for an Oscar.  The facebook and twitter campaign is called “Consider Uggie” and I’ll tell you one thing for sure…he’s got my...

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Happy Anniversary Chico!

Posted by on Dec 13, 2011 in Animal Rescue, Excercise, Uncategorized | 0 comments

    The holiday crazies are in full swing.  For me personally, I have a party to plan, Christmas cards to mail,  inventory to count and about 10 more pages of to do’s.  Feeling anxious?  Yes.   More than anything else however, I am feeling grateful…for so many things. Certainly for my family, work and friends but leading the pack are six little legs. Two of these legs belong to the little man currently belly laughing as he jumps away on his FisherPrice bouncer. My son Sebastian arrived on the scene on April 29 of this year. My husband and I couldn’t be happier to be his parents and we are enjoying every ounce of this child. Prior to Sebastian’s celebrated birth, four additional legs ran into my life. Well, more like hobbled in. Chico, my 18lb Chihuahua mix walked through my doors on December 13, 2010. You may remember his story from past Paws for Thought articles. Chico was found at the Davis Islands baseball fi eld tied to a fence on what happened to be the coldest day of the year. For some reason I went against my cardinal rule (not to keep lost/found dogs myself but to lead the person in the right direction) and decided to foster him. From December through April, I did try to fi nd a home for Chico. I took him to adoption events, wrote articles about him, posted his adorable scowl on facebook, took him to the store to meet my customers and more. Each attempt was met with an overwhelming silence.  In the meantime, he was doing his best to win me over. He was my walking partner. I was very pregnant at this point and Chico was my constant companion as I logged many many miles all over Davis Islands. I do credit Chico for helping me to only gain 20 pregnancy pounds! He also put me through boot camp. In those first months, Chico was waking up at least once a night to go outside and “do his business.” As I begrudgingly suited up at 2am to take him out, I kept telling myself this is how it will be when the baby arrives.  The baby did arrive in April, and both Abe and Chico’s jaunts with Mom were put on hold. Chico, however, took on another role. Instead of being my walking partner, he was now my middle of the night baby feeding side kick. No matter what time or how often I was up with Sebastian, there was faithful Chico, staggering in to the room and plopping down beside the rocking chair.  By June, I knew that Chico was my dog….and by July, my husband knew as well. Chico finally won my husband over when he did his crazy small dog run through the backyard. If you have small dogs, you know what this is –one of the funniest things to witness. I fi nalized the adoption paperwork and Chico became officially a Fadal.  It is amazing what one year can bring. I thought I was busy with a husband, business and one dog. Now, twelve months later, I have a husband, son, two dogs and a business. I am loving every hectic minute! And, Chico has gone from being tied to a fence on a cold winter day to having his own family and getting ready for the annual Christmas photo.  As Cesar Milan (and my good friend Jen) says you don’t always get the dog you want but get the dog you need. I am thankful. Happy...

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A Look Inside Foster Rescue

Posted by on Jul 25, 2010 in Animal Rescue, Paws for Thought | 0 comments

There are pet people and then there are PET people.  I am so fortunate to work with some of the most amazing pet people in my line of work.  Men and women that give not a second thought to rescuing one, two, three or more strays.  Individuals that spend their weekends not lunching, golfing or resting but at adoption events talking up their brood to passersby. The job that these dedicated folks do is called fostering.  Or, the keeping of dogs or cats in need of adoption in homes rather than at a shelter until a permanent family is found.  Typically, fostered animals make wonderful pets.  Issues, if any, are usually worked out while in their temporary home.  This makes sense…they are living with other animals, learning to follow a routine and are handled by many at adoption events. Sharon Espinola, the president of St. Francis Society Animal Rescue has been involved with rescue for years.  She says that she has been with St. Francis so long that she can not remember how she learned about it originally.  How does St. Francis differ from other rescue organizations?  According to Sharon, her group is the only rescue group in the area that cares for and adopts out dogs AND cats.  Sharon says “We’ve been around a long time, since 1997, and we were the first organization that focused on no-kill, as the history goes.”  In fact St. Francis found permanent homes for 904 cats and dogs in 2009 and early 2010! A few important facts: Today, all foster groups in our area focus on no-kill Foster dogs come from shelters, owner surrenders and are often found abandoned on the side of the road Most groups work together to network dogs and find a good permanent fit Area veterinarians provide discounted rates to foster groups oftentimes Foster rescue organizations are run 100% by volunteers These groups are funded by donations and private grants Dogma Rescue is a newer rescue organization founded by three young women who had been involved with other groups in the past.  They decided to take everything they learned, put their own twist on it and see what happened. Currently, 30 dogs are in foster care and Dogma has had great success adopting out their dogs on a weekly basis.  Amy Howland, one of the rescue’s founders, explains Dogma as an all-breed, all-shape and all-size dog rescue.  They do not discriminate.  She says that she and co-founders Melissa Weitzenfeld and Ann-Marie Pearson never really made a conscious decision to become foster parents to dogs in need but all had a life-long knack of finding and caring for strays.  This eventually led to each woman getting involved with a reputable foster organization, learning the ropes and starting their own. Amy has a message for anyone considering fostering: “The thing we hear people say most is that they are afraid to foster because they would keep the dog.  But when you see a dog go to not just a “good” home, but an AMAZING home, where you know that dog is going to be the Center of the Household Universe, you really can do it!  The family is forever grateful to us for their dog and we are forever grateful to them for opening up their hearts and home to a rescue dog.” When you speak to either Sharon from St. Francis, Amy from Dogma or the men and women from any other rescue organization, the heart warming stories abound.  At the same time, their needs are great.  EVERY rescue group needs foster parents; EVERY group needs funds to operate....

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Facebook Gives Dog a New Leash on Life

Posted by on Jan 16, 2010 in Animal Rescue, Paws for Thought | 0 comments

Those of us on Facebook, Twitter or any of the other popular social networking sites have most likely caught up with old friends, established new business connections, snuck a peek at pictures of an old fl ame or have even avoided a friend request from someone we just didn’t know…or let’s be honest knew all too well!  But we are also very aware of the power of the repost and how fast a story can circulate. Hence the story of Chunk, a little brown and white Boston Terrier who captured my heart in less than 24 hours.  I first learned about Chunk via an email from St. Francis Society Animal Rescue in late October. Chunk’s bio was emailed along with a few other dogs who had limited time left at Polk County Animal Services. I scrolled down the list of dogs and promptly hit forward and typed in all of my “dog” friends and customers who I knew would forward the email along. Typically, someone in the litany of forwarded emails is touched by a dog’s plight and volunteers to be a foster parent or guardian angel. So, I was hopeful.  The first week of November, I received another SOS on Chunk. This time he was the only dog in the email.  For some reason, this little guy had not had anyone come to his rescue. His days were numbered. After an hour or so of attempting to send another group email blast, Yahoo decided to halt all sent email from my account. They thought I was sending Spam!! What to do?  O.k. I thought, I am posting this guy on both of my Facebook accounts and Twitter and let’s see what happens. I typed in his bio, attached his picture and hit Share. Amazingly, in less than 3 hours, one of my long time friends, who now lives in Orlando, replied to my Facebook post offering a glimmer of hope. She said the owners of Pookies Bow Wow Bakery in Orlando were looking for another Boston to add to their pack.  She would get back to me the next day. Oh, the time crept by… the next morning couldn’t arrive fast enough. I couldn’t sleep, continued to check my Blackberry to see if a Facebook message had come through…had somehow snuck up in the last 30 seconds…but time and again nothing. Finally, the next morning at 8am the message from my friend said Yes, they are very interested in Chunk.  Here is their number. YES! This was the first step he needed.  Next was to organize the logistics, Chunk had to be “sprung” from Polk County Animal Services, brought to the vet in Tampa, then if he checked out o.k. he would be off to Orlando to meet his new foster parents. A lot to do in a couple of days. I had come this far, so I decided I would see this rescue to the end.  On November 9, I drove to Polk County Animal Services to pick up this little guy. I found Chunk in the quarantine ward as he had been pulled out of an animal hoarder’s home (he was there with 67 other animals!!!)  He had Demodex, which is a treatable skin condition and was receiving the most minimal vet care.  When I approached his cage, he was immediately at the gate licking my fi ngers and looking at me with hopeful eyes. Is she here for me? Really me? After about 30 minutes of paperwork and speaking with Animal Services officials, I walked Chunk out of his concrete jungle and to my car. ...

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