Friday, January 9, 2009

Almost Too Sweet To Believe - But True!

There's a new children's book out, intended to tell the story of Hurricane Katrina to young, impressionable audiences who could be easily frightened by such a terror-filled tale. But journalists Kirby Larson and Mary Nethery join illustrator Jean Cassels in presenting the whole scary scenario inside The Two Bobbies, the based-on-real-life story of Bob Cat and Bobbi.

The story, aimed at a four-to-eight-year-old audience, tells how the bob-tailed dog and bob-tailed cat made it through the awful storm together. What is truly remarkable is that Bob Cat is blind, and Bobbi plays seeing-eye dog to the grateful feline! And that's how the book ended up here.

But don't stop here: read the review by Elizabeth Bird at School Library Journal online, and decide for yourself whether it's worth a gander.

Just Another Reason I'm Proud to be a Pennsylvanian

I've always thought of the Keystone State as a big-hearted kinda place, and here's a story to prove it's not just because it's my home state:

Canine Corps Helps Pets Left Behind During Wartime

There's a place in Perry County where some four-legged friends are just looking for a little love and attention. These days, the "Paw Prints Dog Sanctuary" is more than just a rest home of sorts for older dogs. It's doing its part for the war effort as well. The group takes care of animals when their owners are called off to war, but it needs volunteers.

Check out the video.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

A Whole Community of Us!

That's right - there's a place on the web that has all kinds of information for folks who've taken a Very Special Pet into their hearts and homes. has something for everyone: products to help pets walk, stay dry, heal, travel safely. Products to help you help your pets stay healthy and fit, things for them to wear, information to help you when they cross that Rainbow Bridge. Books and videos, financial aid information, free classifieds, articles, a service guide with links, a Help and Advice Forum.

There are even a photo gallery where you can share pictures of your pets, and a Community area where you can share pet stories, videos, post about your Best Friend, and more! was created in 2001 to support the caretakers of Elderly, Disabled, and Handicapped Pets. The site has all of the products, services, and support you'll need. It was created by Mark C. Robinson in memory of Mercedes, a slightly epileptic Keeshond who was put to sleep before her time because he Mark didn't know any better and had no way to find out more. So he did something about that, assuring that no one would be put in the position he was in. Way to go, Mark. You rock.

Check out this fantastic site that originates in Amherst, New Hampshire. We think you'll like it. And share it with your friends who may be needing information about their own special critters!