Archive | April, 2011

PUP: “Reber Ranch Adoptathon Was A Success!”

25 Apr
People United for Pets, Sniff Seattle Dog Walkers, Small Breed Dogs

Dogs needing homes found 'em this weekend! (Photo Chris Willis/Flickr)

We were privileged to write about People United for Pets in a blog we posted last week. Happy to hear the news that they held another successful adoption event over the weekend (Saturday).

Read all about it HERE: Reber Ranch Adoptathon was a success!

Keep up the great work!

Jeanna from Sniff Seattle
PUP Lover
(206) 478-5183

Cute Bunnies Bought For Kids Too Often Get Abandoned

24 Apr
Bunny Rabbit, Sniff Seattle Dog Walkers, Green Lake, Woodland Park

Pet-store bunnies have a hard time surviving in the wild (Photo by wwarby/Flickr)

Have you ever seen a bunny running wild at the park? Like at Green Lake or Woodland Park in Seattle? It’s always cute to see one, yes?

Unfortunately, many times they’re pet-store bunnies who can’t survive in the wild.

Last week, a group in Sequim called Precious Life Animal Sanctuary picked up 51 bunnies at Green lake and Woodland Park. PLAS makes a point at Easter to spread the message that parents should really think it through before buying their kids a rabbit.

PLAS says too often those bunnies bought at Easter get abandoned after kids lose interest. Here’s more about it from the Seattle Times.

Jeanna from Sniff Seattle
Bunny lover, too!
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9/11 Volunteer Group Rebuilding Animal Rescue Barn

23 Apr
Barn, New York Says Thank You, Sniff Seattle Dog Walkers

New York group rebuilding animal rescue barn (Photo by Robb North/Flickr)

Nearly ten years ago, cities across America stepped up to help New York City after the September 11 attacks. That generosity moved Jeff Parness to form New York Says Thank You, a foundation dedicated to redefining the anniversary of 9/11 by sending volunteers from New York around the country to rebuild communities hit by their own disasters.

Marking 10 years since the attacks, one of the projects planned this year is the rebuilding of a barn in Georgia that was hit by a tornado — a barn that was home to 65 rescue animals.

Parness tells CNN:

“There’s a very special woman that lives in the barn. Her name is Susan Littlejohn, and she cares for 65 rescue animals in the barn. She and two of her volunteers were feeding all 65 of the animals, and a tornado literally dropped down on the barn and the barn exploded.

Luckily, Susan and the volunteers were fine and all the animals were fine. But she lost everything. So this year, we’re going to bring about 300 volunteers from around the country and do a barn-raising in Ellijay, Georgia.”

Read the whole CNN story. It’s inspiring stuff. As the New York Says Thank You motto says: “What we do is about 9/12.”

Greg Valentine
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People United For Pets Unites Pets With People

23 Apr
People United For Pets, Sniff Seattle Dog Walkers

PUP Dog Rescue finds homes for small and toy breeds (Photo by Astig!!/Flickr)

One of our favorite local groups we follow on Twitter is People United for Pets (@PUPDogRescue). We enjoy their tweets and blogs — but most of all, the great job they’re doing finding homes for dogs!

PUP mostly rescues small and toy breeds. That’s their specialty. And they’re a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. When it comes to describing their mission, I can’t say it any better than they do:

“Countless dogs are without homes and in need of assistance. These are dogs who would make wonderful and faithful companions if only they could connect with the right person or family. We have made it our mission to help them do this. At the same time we hope to enrich the lives of those who adopt them.” (from

This tweet from yesterday also sums it up:

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Just cuz we rescue small breed dogs, doesn’t mean they’re all #Chihuahuas! We have #FoxTerrier #Corgi #Dachshund #Pekingese #Poodle #Terrier & MORE!!

So, if you live in the Seattle area and want the love and companionship that a new dog can bring to your home, check out People United for Pets! Here’s the current list of wonderful dogs they’re looking to match with forever homes.

Jeanna from Sniff Seattle
PUP Lover
(206) 478-5183

The Most Affectionate Creature In The World Is A Wet Dog

22 Apr
Wet Dog, Sniff Seattle Dog Walkers

Here comes the doggy sprinkler! (Photo by Joopey/Flickr)

“The most affectionate creature in the world is a wet dog.” Ambrose Bierce

That’s so true! In Seattle, it rains three or four times a week. So I’m hanging out with wet dogs all the time.

For some reason, when they’re wet and I’m trying to towel dry them, that’s when they want to jump on me the most and give lots of wet kisses!

Jeanna from Sniff Seattle
Wet Dog Lover
(206) 478-5183

Easter Chocolates Are A Doggy Danger

22 Apr
Keeping Dogs Safe During Easter, Sniff Seattle Dog Walkers

Easter chocolates are for you and the kids, not dogs (Photo by BL4d3RuNr/Flickr)

Most dog owners know that chocolate is a big no-no; it can be toxic to dogs.

Even so, the people working the phones at animal poison control hotlines say they still get tons of calls about dogs eating chocolate — especially at Easter, with all the chocolate bunnies and Cadbury Cream Eggs.

And the problem isn’t always people feeding chocolate to their dogs. With kids and adults running around the house, chocolate candies have a way of ending up on floors — and in the mouths of dogs.

If your dog gets into some chocolate, the experts say don’t wait for symptoms to take action. Here’s an article about what to do and which chocolates are the worst for dogs (yes, certain kinds are worse).

Greg Valentine
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Walk Your Dog Where They’re Boarding? Yep, We Do It!

21 Apr
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We walk Henry when his family's out-of-town (Photo by Jeanna from Sniff Seattle)

Every pet, and every situation, is different. This is something we understand at Sniff Seattle Dog Walkers!

Take Henry (above)  from Queen Anne, for example. Henry’s family boards him with their vet when they go out-of-town. But the vet’s office doesn’t have anyone on duty to walk dogs. Naturally, everybody’s busy providing health-care to the many pets coming through the office.

That’s when we got the call! Henry’s owner made arrangements for Jeanna to come by and walk Henry during his family’s last trip out of town.

As you can see from the smile on Henry’s face, he was happy to see us. What you can’t see is the smile on Jeanna’s face from getting to walk such an awesome dog as Henry!

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Seattle Pug Rescue: “We’ve Got Pugs Coming Out Of Our Ears!”

21 Apr
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"The Three Pugmigos." Parfait (front) came from SPR (Photo by Jeanna/Sniff Seattle)

We found Parfait (pictured above) after fostering her through Seattle Pug Rescue. So one of SPR’s recent tweets caught my eye:

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We’ve got pugs coming out of our ears! There are nearly 40 on our web page of available pugs. Check ’em out!

Forty is a lot of pugs looking for new homes. It’s also a bunch to choose from. Take a look at Seattle Pug Rescue’s page of available pugs. Pics, stats, and each pug’s “backstory.”

Greg Valentine
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Expanding The List — Add Your ‘Signs You’re A Dog Lover’

20 Apr
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Can you think of anything to add to this list? (Photo by D Sharon Pruitt/Flickr)

Greg and I are working on an update to our blog, “Top Ten Signs You’re A Dog Lover” — and we’re looking for some new additions to the list. The original list got picked up by a lot of doggy bloggers around the world and sparked a lot of feedback.

Please read the list (again, if you’ve already seen it). Can you think of any more “signs that you’re a dog lover?” Leave a comment and tell us and we’ll add yours to the expanding list!

Here’s the list again from the Sniff Seattle Dog Walkers website: Top Ten List: Signs You’re A Dog Lover:

There are dog lovers. And then, there are dog lovers! Here’s a list we put together: “Top Ten Signs You’re A Dog Lover.

#10 – Most days you have a “glistening” on your face from dried doggy kisses.

#9 – You haven’t seen your own doctor in years. But the vet? Last week!

#8 – You make a point to sit scrunched in the corner of the couch so your dog can be comfortable.

#7 – You reach into your pocket hoping to find a breath mint. But, no. It’s a doggy treat.

#6 – No matter how hot or extremely cold it is, you roll down the car window so your furry friend can hang his head out.

#5 – Your best conversations are with your dog.

#4 – There are about 32 squeaky toys laying around your house. (Vawooo! Oops, just stepped on one!)

#3 – You sleep crowded on the corner of the bed, and would probably go to the floor if you had to so your dog could get a good nights sleep.

#2 – You’re covered with almost as much dog hair as your dog! And you don’t think twice about it.

#1 – You’re still wearing sweatpants from your college days. Your dog? Cute new sweater!

Jeanna from Sniff Seattle
Dog Lover
(206) 478-5183

Jeanna’s Journal #1: Tonka The “Car Wash”

20 Apr
Jeanna from Sniff Seattle Dog Walkers, Tonka, English Mastiff

Jeanna from Sniff Seattle and Tonka, an English Mastiff (Photo by Greg Valentine)

So yesterday, I saw Tonka, the huge English Mastiff I’ve been telling our friends about on the Sniff Seattle Dog Walkers Facebook. Tonka’s a big boy — 220 pounds!

And VERY affectionate. Every time I see him that tongue swipes my face several times. I feel like I’m a car going through the car wash!

Love this guy. He’s a gentle giant.

Jeanna from Sniff Seattle
Tonka truckin’ in Seattle
(206) 478-5183

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