Change a Pet’s Life Day:These Dogs In Toledo, Spain Deserve a Chance

FROM DAKOTA’S DEN: Last week I was contacted via email asking if I would share this Indiegogo Campaign, and after watching the video, how could I NOT share? Today is Change A Pet’s Life Day and my hope is that these dogs will get the help that they so richly deserve.

FROM THE DOG HOUSE:The Dog House Project was born from the dream of creating a space dedicated to dogs and even other animals in a little pet-friendly city. This book includes a canine hotelresort  with pool , classrooms to teach a space to have abandoned animals partnerships at no cost to them a sensory garden where dogs can relax a work area where they carry out canine sports or other courses such as obedience, one social area for barbecues and charity events and several green areas with trees and orchards. All this fueled by renewable energy with solar panels and gardens on the roofs.

The pet has so many needs that are not met. It’s not all about chasing a tennis ball in the backyard. They need socializing, sniffing without scolding for fear of eating something on the street, playing, running loose without danger of being run over, swimming – if they like. At The Dog House we seek to give the dog a space where he can carry out these activities and others he likes.

If you are able to donate, you can do so here, if not, please share to help these sweet dogs.

Help the ASPCA Celebrate their 150th Anniversary! Join their 150 Days of Rescue Campaign! #ASPCA150

Courtesy of the ASPCA

Courtesy of the ASPCA

On Sunday, April 10th,  ASPCA will celebrate its 150th anniversary, and in honor of this important milestone, they are launching 150 Days of Rescue, a nationwide action campaign that seeks to unite the country in making a difference in the lives of homeless and abused animals. Animal lovers are encouraged to visit and pledge their time between April 10 and September 7 to help animals in need, with the goal of reaching 150,000 actions for animals in 150 days. Ways to participate include volunteering at a local shelter, donating, fostering, adopting a shelter pet, etc. Animal lovers who log their good deed will also be given the opportunity to nominate their favorite animal shelter to receive a grant prize of $150,000!



Let’s Help P.H.A.R.M. Dog USA #BtC4A

We are proud to be joining  For the Love of a Dog, Heart Like a Dog, Pet Faves, and CindyLu’s Muse in this quarter’s Blog the Change for Animals!

“From CindyLu’s Muse: The rules are simple: write about a cause, group, or person you think others should know about, link up on the 15th, then read and share what others have written while they share yours, too. There are no restrictions as to what type of subject you choose, as long as it has to do with the well-being and welfare of our fellow creatures.”

 When you learn about the woman/cause that I am featuring today, you will instantly see why I was compelled to share them with you. I would like to thank my Mother, who without a smart phone, computer or internet, works tirelessly WRITING HANDWRITTEN letters seeking donations for a number of causes that she is passionate about (handwritten letters are rare in the world we live in today, making her efforts quite successful!). The program I am featuring today is one of the causes that my Mother holds dear. She has communicated with the woman I am featuring, (via letters!), and when I heard about this sensational program that is in DIRE need of support, I wanted to help as well. I knew it would be a wonderful cause to feature for:

Click to visit their website!

Today it is my pleasure to introduce you to:

Photo Courtesy of

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Farming in and of itself is a 24-7 job.  Never-ending chores/work that must be completed to have a farm function effectively, is hard enough when one is able-bodied and healthy, but what about farmers with disabilities? How are they able to manage their farms without help? Enter P.H.A.R.M. Dog USA. In order for dogs (especially herding/working dogs) to be happy, they need a JOB. Farmers with disabilities need help. It is a “win-win” for both.  After perusing their website I also learned that a number of their dogs have been saved from rescues. These dogs in turn, give back to farmers who are in dire need of help. 


from their website:

P.H.A.R.M Dog USA,  Pets Helping Agriculture in Rural Missouri, is the brain child of Jackie Allenbrand.  The organization’s  goal is to make life easier for farmers and farm family members with disabilities.  Those eligible for services may have any type of disability — physical, cognitive, or illness-related.  Our services are not limited to Missouri. We do place dogs in other states.

Dogs that provide Service Skills, primarily labs or lab mixes, can be trained to do a variety of helpful tasks such as retrieving or picking up dropped tools, opening a latch gate system, carrying buckets, as well as standing and bracing if a farmer has stability issues, or going for help.  Jackie determines the needs of prospective clients, makes farm assessments, and facilitates placement of the dogs. She and another trainer handle the training for the dogs and their new owners.

Herding Dogs
, primarily border collies, help farmers manage their livestock. These dogs are currently donated by a friend and supporter in Plattsburg, Missouri, who helps train both the dogs and farmers.  We also have a trainer in Packwood, Iowa.

Meet Duke, our most recent placement, with his new owner
Troy, who lives in Nebraska. Duke’s duties will include helping Troy sort and load cattle at the 1200 head heifer development operation where Troy works in Kansas. Duke, formerly homeless, was donated by a kind family that he followed home while they were out for a walk. He was trained by Don McKay from Iowa.
At their first meeting Duke and Troy made a great connection and we’re sure they will both benefit from this arrangement.

I was so blown away by this program and when I heard about their need, I knew that if anyone could help them, it would be the blogging community!!!

PHARM Dog Needs

  • Dog Food

  • Vet Meds

  • Vet Care

  • Collars, Leashes, Bowls

  • Kennels

  • Dog Houses

  • More Trainers

  • Training Center

  • Money to meet program needs—–
  • As a not-for-profit organization,
  • they are eligible for
    company matched donations
  • if your employer offers them.

If you’re interested in donating,

contact Jackie Allenbrand

“PHARM Dog USA” Account
Great Western Bank
224 West Wood
Albany, MO 64402

P.H.A.R.M. Dog USA is a

501c3 Organization

Hoping for lots

of help for this

incredible program

Join the Mega March For Animals-Michigan Humane


Every day, countless litters of helpless, unwanted puppies, kittens and other animals are brought to Michigan Humane Society’s doors, with nothing more than hope for a better future. Every day, MHS rescues, shelters and cares for animals in need and helps them find good homes.

Scared, hungry and alone, these animals have lived hard lives. They deserve a second chance – to eat, to play, and grow old with families that love and care for them.

Together, we are working to transform the lives of animals from… Homeless to Loved.



Thankful for the #ASPCA and their Campaign for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month

From the ASPCA: “April is Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month, and each year, the ASPCA urges supporters across the country to support our efforts and Go Orange for Animals in honor of the signing of the ASPCA’s charter in 1866”

How can YOU become involved?

Here are some suggestions from the ASPCA:

Get to know and look out for the animals in your neighborhood. By being aware, you’re more likely to notice, for example, that the dog next door who was once hefty has lost weight rapidly—a possible indicator of abuse.
Make the call. Without phone calls from concerned citizens who report cruelty in their neighborhoods, we wouldn’t know about most instances of animal abuse. It all comes from the public, it all starts with YOU—that’s why it’s so important to keep your eyes and ears open.

Provide as much as information as possible when reporting animal cruelty. The details that you provide can go a long way toward assisting an investigating officer. It helps to write down the type of cruelty you witnessed, who was involved, the date of the incident and where it took place.

Support your local shelter or animal rescue organization. It’s a great way to make a difference. Some of our ASPCA volunteers foster animals who have been abused in their former homes, giving these dogs and cats the chance they deserve to have a good life. You can find a list of shelters and rescue groups in your area in our National Shelter Directory.

Start a Neighborhood Watch Program. Get to know the animals in your neighborhood and invite your friends and neighbors to do the same. Together you can keep an eye out for any suspicious behaviors—abuse and neglect of companion animals, the mistreatment of local wildlife, dogs left in hot cars and other signs of abuse.

For more ways that YOU can help stop cruelty to animals, read  the rest of the post here

Book Review: Paw Prints in the Sand by Elizabeth Parker #BtC4A

Since I began my primary blog, (Cat Chat With Caren & Cody), it has been important to me to take part in Blog the Change For Animals, a well-known blogging event where bloggers blog about causes, people and events that  are  near and dear to our hearts in the world of animals.  Blog the Change For Animals  takes place annually, (January 15,  April 15,  July 15 and October 15).   Many of us blog about animal causes that are important to us all throughout the year, but  it is extra heart-warming to see so many come together for this most important event.

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I was given the opportunity of reviewing a marvelous book this past weekend, Paw Prints in the Sand by author Elizabeth Parker. This is not the first book that I have reviewed of Elizabeth’s, it is at least the third! Through the course of reading and reviewing Elizabeth’s books,  I not only became  a HUGE fan of her writing, but I have enormous respect and admiration  for her as a PERSON. Elizabeth has to be one of the kindest, most compassionate women that I have met on my blogging journey. ****More about that at the end of this blog post.

Why include Paw Prints in the Sand in the Blog the Change For Animals blogging event? While reading this book I saw that there was no way that I WOULDN’T include it.

Click on the photo to visit Elizabeth's website and to purchase Paw Prints and other books by Elizabeth Parker

Click on the photo to visit Elizabeth’s website and to purchase Paw Prints and other books by Elizabeth Parker

Paw Prints in the Sand tackles  important subjects such as;  the importance of spaying and neutering pets and adopting from a local shelter, as well as the horrors of irresponsible “backyard breeders” and the deplorable conditions that puppy mill pups are subjected to.

From the moment I began reading Paw Prints my heart was pounding, my attention was riveted, I was on the edge of my seat.  I originally had planned on reading Paw Prints last Friday night, and my intention was to begin the book and finish it on Saturday. I finished Paw Prints in about three hours. I could NOT put it down.

The  imagery evoked is often unsettling , there were times that I cried, gasped and cringed,  the plot was so real to me that I had forgotten that this book is a work of  fiction. While the book is fictional, the conditions described in Paw Prints, sadly, are NOT. 

Note from the Author:

Although this book and the groups/organizations in this book are a work of fiction and a complete figment of my imagination, unfortunately puppy mills and backyard breeders are quite real. The fears and quirks I’ve described in this book are extremely common with rescue dogs.

The environment for puppy mill dogs is incomprehensible. Keep in mind that while not all, many puppy stores do get their puppies from puppy mills and it is a continuing practice here in the United States.

Paw Prints in the Sand isn’t just about puppy mills, it is “a moving love story of sorts that demonstrates the unbreakable bond and sustainable love between dogs and humans.”

Now available on Kindle

Also in paperback on Amazon

And Nook

Available in paperback on

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***Author Elizabeth Parker GIVES BACK

A portion of the proceeds from her books are donated to various animal rescue groups.

One of the first books of Elizabeth’s that I had the honor of reviewing was: Final Journey: Buddy’s Book a tribute to her beloved Golden Retriever “Buddy” who after the publication of Finally Home was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma.  Elizabeth decided she wanted to help other dogs with the same diagnosis, hence Buddy Bracelets was born

Click on the photo to see Elizabeth's beautiful creations and to purchase.

Click on the photo to see Elizabeth’s beautiful creations and to purchase.

40% of the sales of Buddy Bracelets will be donated to canine cancer foundations.

Now, as you can see, after reading about Paw Prints in the Sand and Elizabeth’s ongoing philanthropic efforts for rescue dogs, there was no way that I would ever think of NOT making her mission the topic of my Blog the  Change For Animals post.

Learn more about Author, Elizabeth Parker here

Today I have introduced an author to you who is actively helping to make a change to raise awareness about puppy mills, rescue dogs and dogs who have canine cancer. My question to YOU is: “What is your gift, and how will you use it to bring about positive change to your world?”