A Place to Bark and Meow Blog by Bernie Berlin

Sunday, March 29, 2009
Busy Beyond Words..
"Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls.  
The most massive characters are seared with scars."  -Edwin Chapin

Nothing new...  Just same old, same old.. Dogs, dogs & more dogs...
Trying to play catch up. 
Sorry I've not updated in awhile..

Life has been, non stop on the go!!!  
Trying to squeeze work in between caring for all these critter.  
Since the last post I went down under to Australia to teach.  
It was AMAZING!!!  
Have lots of pictures to share, just have to find time to post...  
The Australian artists are also an animal loving bunch.  
They made me feel so at home, even provided me with a few dogs on loan, to keep me company:)
I will be planning to get on the road a bit more this year, gotta bring home the bacon, so to speak, since donations are way down & we have lots of mouths to feed & care for around here as you will see. 

The economic situation is a double edged sword.  
More & more dogs being surrendered & dumped at the pounds with less & less donations being given.  So many rescues are closing:(  
We too are truly struggling and will be asking for help & posting our yearly fund raiser/ art auction in the next post.  "Ten to Life" will be our theme.  
So please stay tuned for details:)

Here are a few of the many, many, new faces here.. 

"Franzis" is a male chocolate lab/mix.  Approximately 1-2 years of age.  He's a fun loving guy, super, duper high energy!!
"Jester" a male Black Lab/mix.  Approximately 1-2 years of age, same story.. Busy, busy, busy!!!

"Kirby" & "Derby" litter mates at the pound.  
Both had mange, were very, very thin & shy.
They are approximately 10-12 months of age, both male & have an artistic ability to dig heart shaped holes together:)  It was HUGE!!  Better than a box of chocolates:)

"Wally" is a very naughty boy, who is incredibly smart!! 
Would be a great agility dog. 
Approximately 12-14 weeks old.  Border Collie/Aussie Mix.  
"Newton" is a Beagle/mix.  Approximately 1-2 years of age.  LOVES the ladies.. 
We are taking care of that:)  But is very much a high energy snuggle bug!!

"Lovey" is a female Chow/something fuzzy mix.  
Approximately 2-3 years of age.  VERY, VERY Friendly.  
"Flobee" is a female Goldie/poo or doodle something.  
Wirey scruffiness, too sweet and cute!!!  Approximately 1-2 years of age.  Loves to run!!!

"Lobo" is a male White German Shepherd.   
Approximately 2 years of age.  He is a great dog!!  
Loves to be right by you and thinks he can sit in your lap.  Not a cat lover!!!

"Bullet" is a male Hound/mix. Approximately 2-3 years of age, between 40-50lbs. This guy truly did get a second chance at life... Shot twice, by some unknown person. The sheriff's department in one of our rural counties in Tennessee, was called to put this guy out of his suffering. When the sheriff arrived, the dog was in incredible pain, but as the sheriff raise his gun the dog looked him in the eyes and started to wag his tail. He couldn't do it. Instead he took the dog to the vet & paid for his treatment. One bullet was removed, the second had to remain. He will most probably have a limp once he recovers. But this boy is nothing but love and kisses!!! The dog was named by the sheriff who saved him.  So Bullet it is:)

Many litters of  puppies to share, just can't get them to sit still long enough to photograph:)
Updates on the puppy mill puppies soon too!!!  
Leaving to transport dogs to Chicago on Tuesday... (((on the road again)))
More to come.. 

P.S. If you haven't voted for Joe, please do... 
If you help Joe, he will help us!!! 
(((O.k. he'll help us anyway, but it would be wonderful for animals in shelters & rescues everywhere if he would win his dream assignment))) 
We have several collaborative projects planned in the very near future, more on that soon.
Voting ends April 4th, so time is drawing near, if you want to help animals in need, it costs nothing but your time to register & vote!!! 
This is how you can help Joe win his "Dream Assignment".
Sign up
Log in
Click the Pic It box to the left of the screen.
This is the most important step, other than registering:
If you don't click the: Pic It box, it will not register & be counted.
He is currently ranked in 5th place and we need to stay in the top 10 to qualify for consideration.
Leave a comment if you like, I'm sure Joe would LOVE to hear from you...
All Done!!! YOU DONE GOOD:) 
Pass this along to other animals lovers, spreading the word & asking them to vote.. 
Animals can't speak for themselves & need us to care for & defend them!!!

Hi Bernie!

Keep up the great work!!! I love reading about your doggies and adventures also your art. Just voted for Joe!

Take care!

I love whenever you post the new photos. Good on the cop who saved Bullet! I know I have commented on this before - but the love and joy in the dogs' faces as they look at you is remarkable, they just shine with loving you.

Followed you a long time, have yet to make my first contribution (I have quite a crowd of cats) but it is time.

They all look adorable, and all deserve a home.
I voted for Joe- its an AWESOME idea. I so hope he wins!

You sure have a bunch of sweeties in your care right now. i wish I could take the whole lot of them. Times are extremely tough right now for everyone, try to hang in there as best you can. Thank God for people and rescues like you - where would the animals be if not for you? Hang in there Bernie...

Bernie, I hate doing this kind of thing, but I did for you, I just registered and voted for Joe!
Just voted for Joe!I too hope very much he wins! Thanks for all of the good you are doing!!!
Hugs Annabelle
Hi Bernie!I voted along time ago!!:)
Just dropping by to see your place and your animals!
Greetings,you are doing a great job!

More & more dogs being surrendered & dumped at the pounds with less & less donations being given. So many rescues are closing:(

So true and so sad. I am blogging for Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in this years blogathon and I have made less than half what I did last year. People and animals are getting hit hard.

Love all the beautiful dogs on this post!
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