Saturday, September 18, 2010

Smooch is one of the lucky ones

This post is for a cause. Pedigree® is sponsoring an Adoption Drive – they are donating a bowl of dog food for every "like" they get on their facebook page. If you go here and "like" them, one more shelter dog will get a bowl of food. But that's not all.

For every blog that mentions the Adoption Drive between Sept. 16 through Sunday, Sept. 19, Pedigree® will donate a 20-lb. bag of food to a shelter. If you've got a blog, there's still time to write a post and help a dog. Enter the link to your blog post here to participate.

Did you know Smooch was a shelter dog? I adopted her from the St. Francis Animal Sanctuary when she was a three-month-old puppy. That was back on January 28, 2006.



She was a 19-pound sack of bones at the time...



...but I fed and watered her...



...and she blossomed into a 36-pound lean machine.

She doesn't have a fancy pedigree, but my little shelter mutt is the best darned ranch dog I could have ever hoped for.

33 comments:

  1. that's awesome. My Bali was a rescue dog. They seem to know they were rescued and are eternally thankful and loyal for it. What a cute puppy she was! I know she knows she's lucky.....but she'll never know the whole extent of it..... The 7 MSN Ranch.....what a great place to be

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  2. Smooch is a one of a kind, exceptional dog.

    All ours are shelter jewels too. We'll get to posting!

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  3. All three of mine are rescues also and they are great dogs too. Yeah! for rescue/shelter animals!

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  4. This is a wonderful drive. I put up a post, but copied some of your information. Hope you don't mind. It's late and I was just checking the blog before bed and my mind can't wrap around writing something right now.

    Smooch was an adorable pup and even cuter now if that's possible.

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  5. I know you frequent Estorbo's blog too - can you imagine anyone describing him as a 19-pound sack of bones?

    Smooch is such a beauty - rescue animals have a special place in my heart.

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  6. Thanks for this heads up.
    I'm on it.

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  7. I don't recall ever before having seen Smooch's baby pictures. What a cutie pie!
    One of the first satisfactions of adopting a rescue dog is watching them fatten up and fill out and get HEALTHY. I'm not sure it's just the food we give them, either. I think they fatten up on love.

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  8. I've never seen Smooch's baby pictures ... aaaah, what a cutie. She sure has grown into a beautiful rancher dog!

    My Wally was a shelter pup, along with several pups in the past. Isn't there something about their love for us and their appreciation for life .....

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  9. I love a good rescue story! Way to go Smooch!

    I'm all about rescue too and my poor husband knows it all to well. He lives in fear of me bringing home another cat! And I live in fear of what would happen if I did! LOL!

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  10. The only kind I'll have! Every animal I've ever had has been a rescue and I've had birds, dogs, cats and fish.
    I'll be sure to hit the "like" button!

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  11. She is a beauty and lucky to have such a fabulous home.
    Best always, Sandra

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  12. Thanks for the head's up. Heading out to slap something together to link up.

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  13. Makes me wish I had a blog so I could contribute to the cause. Bogart, is our rescue dog. He was 12 months(?) old, 59 pound black lab mutt with lots of ribs showing but so full of love. Fast forward 3 years, he is now 75 pounds and still full of love.

    Like Smooch, I would not have anything but a rescue dog!

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  14. Anne Boleyn9/19/10, 6:41 AM

    Will "like" Pedigree FB often!

    Love my shelter dogs!

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  15. Another bowl of food for a shelter dog. LIKE!

    Don't have a blog to do the bag of food thing, but every bowl helps.

    Smooch, you make a great poster child. LIKE. LIKE. LIKE.

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  16. Smooch is a gorgeous dog. Heard about the program through Grey Horse Matters, who heard about it through you. :-) One of my three dogs is a rescue dog. This program is an easy way to help a dog in need. Have already visited the Facebook page and have posted about it. Thanks!!

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  17. Thanks for the head's up. We are rescue dog people ourselves. Always.

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  18. Smooch, you lucky dog! Shelter dogs (and other animals) are the BEST. Smooches to Smooch.

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  19. awww, look at Smoochie as a puppy...how precious! All of ours are rescues as well. Kudos to you for adopting from a shelter, and thanks for telling us about the contest!

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  20. Great post, great cause and great doggie! She is quite the poser.

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  21. Great idea! I don't have a blog, but I passed it on to my daughter suggesting she post about her rescue dog on her blog. She's been so busy with my human grandson that she doesn't post very often anymore.

    Smooch is beautiful!

    Nancy in Iowa

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  22. Smooch is one lucky girl! :) Harley and Suti are both rescues at our place. Have you ever tried to figure out what Smooch's makeup is? She definitely looks like she has Basenji to me. :)

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  23. Smooch is lucky and I bet she knows it. Sometimes you have to have seen the worse to appreciate the best. You too make good partners.

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  24. Ah, she's such a sweetheart. Mutts are the best :).

    I have actually linked you to my blog today for a totally different reason. I was chatting to some of Alan and George's cousins this morning and they have news for you.... :)

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  25. No better dog than a good ole mutt adopted from the shelter!

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  26. What a pretty baby Smooch was. Makes sense because she's such a pretty lady now. Loved how you watered her and she grew out of the flower pot.

    I'm with you. Shelter animals all the way. My two dogs and my daughter's dog all came from the same shelter. My late, great mutt Dinah came from another shelter. We enjoyed her company for 10 years. She was the best dog I could have ever wished for.

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  27. Wrensong Farm, Smooch's parentage remains a mystery but I am this –> <– close to ordering one of those doggie DNA kits.

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  28. Like!!!!! Will do.
    Look at Smooch's cute little ears! My dogs have been mixed breeds needing a home. Will continue to support and adopt dogs and cats from shelters.

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  29. What a happy day when you and Smooch found each other. Great post. Thank you

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  30. All our dogs and cats are rescues, and we wouldn't trade a one of them.

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  31. Awesome. Smooch is so "all that". She's got it going on for sure. Thanks for the info.

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  32. My adorable Pom was rescued from a horrible environment. She was tiny, just 6 weeks old, covered in fleas, anemic and very near death. Eight years later, she is still my pampered fur baby.

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  33. I knew there was something extra special about Smooch, apart, i.e., from everything else -- a shelter dog. We have 3 rescues who form our household security staff and 1 of our pasture dogs is a rescue as well. Each of these dogs came from some horrible circumstance: One was a puppy left in a yard without attention, barely any food, and unattended severe medical problems, until we saved her; another was a stray, abandoned undoubtedly because he had Parvo, which he beat; and another, our LGD, a beautiful girl was saved from scavenging in a parking lot and turned over to a rescue, she had heart worms, to boot. Anyway, it was a great day for you and Smooch when you rescued her and she's paying you back with love and loyalty!

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