Tuesday, June 22, 2010

opt to adopt!

Looking to add a new member to the family??......perhaps a four-legged friend?
well.....you should.
More than 63% of homes have pets and many of them are considered full-fledged family members......if you own a dog and are looking for a play mate or a new baby of your own, check out these places to find the perfect pup for you! 

5500 pets are born each hour. 415 humans are born each hour. Check the math! More than half of those pets end up in shelters and so many never even get the chance to leave!! Please! Please ! don't support breeders and continue to raise these numbers. Breeders are in a business, they produce the most amount of product (puppies and kittens) for the highest dollar. They could care less where these babies end up. Breeders are in it for the $$$, please don't support them---

Many people think breeders are the only place to find a purebred. Hmmmmm....so you want to race your dog?? Is your dog going to be a contestant in the Westminster Dog Show? Do you want to frame your papers? If you answer no, then ask yourself why you are after a purebred.... And if you still decide thats what you want, check the shelters--there are thousands upon thousands of purebred babies waiting for a home. go get them.
Please, please, rescue a dog or cat. They have no idea why they are sitting in that wire cage; they just wan't to go home.
Heres where you find your new best friend: If you wan't to adopt but aren't looking forward to the unsettling trip to the shelter, then go online--adopt your face off without leaving your house! www.petfinder.com at Petfinder, you can type in the breed you want, the size and the age--from pups to grandpa's-they are all there!! Petfinder then sets you up with thousands of pets right in your area ready to go!
Looking for a smaller breed? check out http://lldogrescue.org -
LL Dog Rescue if where I found little Pilot. He was rescued from a puppy mill in Missouri.....he had two sets of upper teeth from in-breeding and was not in good shape, now, he is one hell of a happy puppy and we're pretty happy with him too. 
Other more mainstream shelters in the Kansas City area include www.waysidewaifs.org and www.animalhavenkc.org, also check out your local humane society which desperately needs to adopt out to make room for new intakes, www.hsgkc.org and heartofamericahs.org. also check out www.nmhpkc.org
Good luck! You're saving a life! 
"Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole."--Roger Caras

Monday, June 14, 2010

In Your FACE! (book)

ARF! Come check out "Candid Canines" on Facebook:  candid canines -upload pics of your own pups, check out my four hotties, swap playdates, compare dog food, whats trash and where should you spend your cash?? get advice, check out articles and share stories!!! .......and see all the dog events here in K.C......tons of summer fundraisers.....like....Bark the K! with your pooches in August at Kauffman: Bark! at the K or spend and evening with rover and some wine and and art show to entertain: Art Unleashed, and of course there is Dog and Jog, Strutt with your Mutt, Wines with Canines..........the list goes on! I will keep you posted with all the details ! until then checkout our facebook page "candid canines" <3 <3 <3 <3  Candid Canines on Facebook

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Run! Forest Run!

so many of you know.....yesterday was a bad bad day....Baxter (our little Doxen) snuck out the door on my way to class without me knowing...... His breed is notorious for being onry (ummm...spell check??) lil' fockers so really, it was no surprise. 
I was in class when my phone buzzed with the words "um....Baxter is missing." that was about all it took for me to speed home. My mom, brother, Kenny and our neighborhood mailman all joined the search party looking for the 10 pound weiner dog. (Since we moved into the new house three weeks ago, I was sure he wouldn't find his way back) After some serious searching, Adam and my mom headed to Kinkos to make signs......I headed to local animal hospitals to see if he had been admitted. (we live pretty close to Antioch so I imagined the very worst had happened.....)
I ran into Cherokee Animal Clinic and to my surprise they said that in fact the little guy had been found by a lady an hour ago...sure enough trotting down 99th and Antioch. !0 minutes later he was in my arms again. Sounds a little dramatic, but who else do you know blogs about their dogs? so yes, there is definitely some serious love for the little pooch. So, my plan is to get him micochipped (which is like a GPS that tucks nicely away under their skin) and since he doesn't wear a collar this is a great option for us.....http://public.homeagain.com/
glad he's back!!!
Here is some info regarding microchipping if you're interested............

"Millions of dogs become lost each year. Tragically, few are reunited with their owners. Many lost dogs end up in shelters where they are adopted out to new homes or even euthanized. It is important that your dog has identification at all times. Collars and tags are essential, but they can fall off or become damaged. Technology has made it possible to equip your pet with a microchip for permanent identification.

How it Works

A microchip is about the size of a grain of rice. It consists of a tiny computer chip housed in a type of glass made to be compatible with living tissue. The microchip is implanted between the dog's shoulder blades under the skin with a needle and special syringe. The process is similar to getting a shot. Little to no pain is experienced - most dogs do not seem to even feel it being implanted. Once in place, the microchip can be detected immediately with a handheld device that uses radio waves to read the chip. This device scans the microchip, and then displays a unique alphanumeric code. Once the microchip is placed, the dog must be registered with the microchip company, usually for a one-time fee. Then, the dog can be traced back to the owner if found.

Things You Should Know

  • Microchips are designed to last for the life of a dog. They do not need to be charged or replaced.
  • Some microchips have been known to migrate from the area between the shoulder blades, but the instructions for scanning emphasize the need to scan the dog’s entire body.
  • A microchipped dog can be easily identified if found by a shelter or veterinary office in possession of a scanner. However, some shelters and veterinary offices do not have scanners.
  • Depending on the brand of microchip and the year it was implanted, even so-called universal scanners may not be able to detect the microchip.
  • Microchip manufacturers, veterinarians and animal shelters have been working on solutions to the imperfections, and technology continues to improve over time.

No method of identification is perfect. The best thing you can do to protect your dog is to be aresponsible owner. Keep current identification tags on your dog at all times, consider microchipping as reinforcement, and never allow your dog to roam free. If your dog does become lost, more identification can increase the odds of finding your beloved companion." --check out more @ http://dogs.about.com/od/toyssupplies/a/microchipping.htm

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Royal Blue

Ever been to a Royals game at the K?? 
Ever been to a Royals game with your dog??
yes, my dream has come true: baseball, beer and dogs 
we fired up our 2 ft tall grill, popped the top on some Busch light cans (Mich Ultra for the ladies....)and dusted off the washers in our trunk......and, grabbed the dogs????
yes. the dogs.
The stadium offers a fundraising event at the end of each season called "Bark! at the K" you can bring the pups to a Royals game and you and your furry friends can watch a game of baseball and chow down on some nachos! There are tons of vendors and things to do if sitting in the stands isn't your thing!

Charley, Hanna and Baxter all got to come join the fun at $25 bucks a ticket/pair (for human and canine) we geared them up in royal blue ...........

......and grabbed some front row seats (or a few rows back.....) 
can't wait for this seasons game! to get details and tickets, check out: https://secure.mlb.com/kc/ticketing/bark_at_theK.jsp

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

got your floaties on??

It's almost Memorial Day weekend...........pools around the country will be opening their gates to the public, hundreds of thousands will be soaking in the rays, kids will be doing backflips off the highdive, and string bikinis will be in abundance. I plan on loungin' in a baby pool with a beer and a pair of shades on.
looks like Baxter and Hanna are ready as well for the weekend as well..............

Friday, May 21, 2010

Hanna Banana Birthday

So, yesterday was my birthday and as I enjoyed my Dunkin Donuts holes (yes, their grand opening just happened to be on my birthday, coincidence?! I think not.......) I was giving the doggies some bites of the powdered sugar balls of deliciousness and it got me thinkin of Hanna's first birthday, October 13th, 2009.
Hanna got over $40 in gifts--no friggan joke from mom and dad and of course grandma and grandpa...............
Delicious doggie cakes:
and some cupcakes for the 2-legged species                                                                                 

and one pooped little girl.....

Friday, May 14, 2010

Doggie Depot

We love cruisin' with mom to Home Depot...................

   Pet-friendly businesses in Kansas City................
The following restaurants and stores are more than happy to welcome your four-legged furry friends! 

Patio fun:
*The Blue Moose (Prairie Village)
*Californos ( Westport)-----our favorite place to go!!!!
*Blue Bird Bistro (Kansas City)
*Murray's Ice Cream and Cookies (Kansas City)
*Fric & Frac (Kansas City)
*Cafe Augusta (Lenexa)
*Cactus Grill (Prairie Village)
*McCoy's (Westport)
*Chipolte (any location)
*Ingredient (leawood)
*SPIN! Pizza (Overland Park, Olathe)
* Re:Verse (Plaza)
* The Classic Cup Cafe (Plaza)
*The Brasserie (Westin Crown Center Hotel Lobby)
* The Roasterie (Brookeside)
*Baskin Robbin's
*M&S Grill (Plaza)

* Lowe's (any location)
* Home Depot (any location)
* Anthropologie (Plaza)
*The Body Shop (Plaza)
*Kinko's (any location)
*Three Dog Bakery (Plaza)
*Petco (any location)
*Petsmart(any location)
*Michaels Craft Store (any location)
*Hobby Lobby (any location)
*Brookeside Barkery and Bath 
* Doggie Style Bowtique (Westport)
* any store that sell pet supplies................

Special Events: (non-pet related)
*Brookeside Art Fair
*Plaza Art Fair
*Prairie Village Art Fair

***Note: your dog needs to be vaccinated and be free of rabies, and not bite small children
***Note #2: any restaurant, store or event has the right to refuse pets in their business-
***Note #3: if I missed any, please leave a comment and add it to the list!!
***Note #4: don't forget your dogs must be on a leash 

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Dog N Jog (09)

Last summer, the  Humane Society of Greater Kansas City held their 22nd annual Dog N' Jog event (one of my favorites) Baxter, Charley and Hanna arrived in luau gear and I am a proud momma to say Baxter won Runner-up in the cutest dog competition!!!  Baxter and Hanna gave up about a mile and a half in and needed to be toted around and Charley was pretty much over it---This year I'm bringing out the shiny red wagon!!!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Picture Me Pretty

Lets get up close and personal................