A Place to Bark and Meow Blog by Bernie Berlin

Tuesday, March 03, 2009
Paws, Cause, Fabulous Photography & Give Away
"Falling in Love is Easy.. But staying in Love, is something Very Special"
-Author Unknown

(Photo by: Joe Frazz)

The quote above really spoke to me..  Especially when I look at all these adorable pups.
I worry about their future, because I have seen their past..

For many puppy mill pups that end up in pet stores, it is so easy to purchase a pet on impulse. Seeing their cute faces in the windows & cages.
Not realizing where the pups originally came from or the conditions they were born into.  
The money spent at the pet shop or the Internet bought puppy, is what millers consider a cash crop.  It puts more money than you can imagine, into the pockets of some who did not have the dogs best interest at heart.  
I am reminded of this every time we take in dogs from puppy mill confiscation.

I hope that if you are considering adopting one of these darlings, that you realize they are to be loved and cherished for their lifetime.. Not just the short time they are pups.
My mind thinks about this every time I rescue a dog, who is so loving & good.
That they were loved, snuggled and kissed as pups, but are now is a grown adult and given up or discarded.  These are a few thoughts that travel thru my mind daily..
Enough of my thoughts, I know they make you sad, but every now & then I do have to share a bit of my reality with you, for the sake of the animals & to help spread awareness.

Now for the Good Stuff!!!
Wowza!!!  Total cuteness:)
These darlings are pulling thru, getting stronger everyday & will make it into adoptive home in the near future!!!
I hope you enjoy their happy photos..

"Dumpling the Puggle & puppies"

Close up of "Dumpling's" pups

Little "Lambkins" pups, 2 of 3

My Blessed little "Soul" 

"Willameena" weiner & her cocktail Weenies..
"Eenie, Meenie, Miney & Moe"

"Ernestine's" pups

My last post I'm sure was hard for many to read...
I wish I did not have to post about such things or ask people to embrace their inner strength to view my blog, but it is a reality of life.
Not a perfect world by any means, but it is the world we live in, our world.
So we have to make the best out of what we have, continue on & hope for a better future..
Tomorrow is another day and the baby steps we take, to change the world little by little.
Will help create a better tomorrow, for the animals in need!!!

Speaking of a Better Tomorrow..
A dear friend of mine, who has been dedicated to rescued dogs,
NEEDS OUR HELP to win "A Dream Assignment" contest.

"The Day The Dogs Stood Still"
A Photographic Journey of Life and Hope 

(Photos by: Joe Frazz Photography)

It is a contest where our votes could help him, help animals in need everywhere.  
It costs nothing but a few minutes of your time to sign in & vote.
I know it's a pain to do, but hey it could make a world of difference for an animal in need!!!
And that is of the up most Importance, in my book:)
We've done wonders together in the past, so I'm asking you now to help a friend make a dream come true...

Joe Frazz is an Amazing Man, with a HUGE heart!!!  
Not to mention one of our newest additions to our creative team here at "A Place To BArk".
He will have a regular spot on our blog weekly with his photos and we'll have caption contests.
Joe has donated time & photos to animals in need since "2005".
Photographing animals at 3 local shelters where he lives, is a regular part of his life.
Willing to give up a month, to follow his dream and raise awareness for animals in shelters across the country, by creating a Visual Anthology to share with the world.

You can judge for yourself, his love for the animals...  A pictures speaks a thousand words!

 This is how we can be a part of this project & help Joe win his "Dream Assignment".
CLICK HERE  (Edit: Revised Easier Link)
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 17 and we need to stay in the top 10.
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 asking them to vote.. The Dogs THANK YOU!!!

For anyone leaving a comment here, you will automatically be entered to possibly win one of Joe's fabulous photo books.  "Good Dog!"  A book of friends.  
44 pages of beautiful color photos & quotes.  Signed by the Author.  
Leave a comment & you could win a copy.  Any comment will do!!
For example: Go JOE!!!  LOVE Dogs, We Welcome you to A Place To Bark, etc...
This book is a must see,  for anyone who loves dogs!!  
We will be using a random number generator to pick the winner. 
Winner will be picked Saturday March 7th at 11:00 p.m.  
It's when I'll have a moment away from doggie duty:)  

A limited amount of these books are available for purchase.
Proceeds to benefit "A Place To Bark".
$17.95 include shipping, will be available 3/20/09
Send payment via Paypal: aplacetobark@aol.com
Please include: Purchase Good Dog Book and all mailing information, when ordering.
Also, join Joe on FaceBook: Joseph Frazz, just message him  & say Bernie sent you.

More news coming soon...

EDIT: The winner of Joe Frazz's "Good Dog" Book is: Debra Quartermain. 
Please send me your contact information to aplacetobark@mac.com and I will have it in the mail to you soon!!! 
Thanks for the comments, love hearing from everyone:)
Best of luck on the book, Joe! Thank you so much for all that you do :)
What a team you have Bernie! The moms & pups look great.....you are Wonder Woman & Joe well, what a guy, I'm on my way to vote!
Bernie, thank you so much for this post! Joe is an amazing photographer and I've been looking for others with these two interests: photography and a passion for the well-being of our four-legged pals. Do you happen to know if he got a Twitter presence? Thanks again!
Ok...the book sounds great.

But Bernie...please send me a little puppy! :) We'd love to take one of the Lambkins if you only lived closer!!

Thanks for doing all you do!
Joe, the pictures are great! I voted and hope my facebook friends will, too. Your dream assignment would yield a memorable collection.
I voted for Joe...here's hoping he wins.
Polly and Sadie the rescue dogs and Cassis, Jefke, Hermes and Maya the rescue kittens say GO JOE!
Wonderful post and I wish Joe lots of luck!
Beautiful photos, especially the one of Joe!
Looks like such lovely pictures! Good luck to him and to you all too! :)
What hearts of gold you and Bernie have! Thank you!
Thank you so much for this post, the lovely photos, and most of all, for all the hard work you and yours put into helping these amazing animals!

Thank you!
Love the pictures!
Registering now to vote, what wonderful photos what a wonderful guy! anyone giving the voiceless a voice is ok in my book. I am a rescue dog, I was adopted by my furever family back in January 2008. I am forever grateful to the angels at the charity they saved my life and they found me a safe happy home. I just want the same for every pup, a happy and loving furever home.

I will put a link to this post on my blog later I'm sure all my doggy pals (many of them rescues themselves) would love to vote for Joe too.

love and tailwags,

Ben xxxx
You have an amazing eye and a god-sent dream. Good energy and vibes flowing your way as you take this journey for the animals.

blessed paths for your feet!

How are my little babies Myrtle and Turtle???
Good stuff Bernie, all good stuff. And Joe, I'll see you on Facebook! I'm sending the link to vote to all my dog lovin' friend. Good luck!
The love I receive from my "rescued" dogs is the best thing ever. Great work here! Thanks.
I went in and voted for you (you now rank #7)...good luck, I really hope you win! It's a wonderful dream!
I voted for him!
I was happy to submit my vote and pass the word on to others. :)
Hi there
Those pups are just precious - make my heart smile

Heading over to Joe's now - will add it to my blog too...

on my way to vote....anyone who helps in dog rescue is my hero!
I'm happy to pass the word along - great pics!
Great project, I'm all signed up and voted. Thanks for passing along the info, Bernie!
Wonderful causes that benefit animals are the BEST causes of all. Thanks for ALL you do to help save & repair our little furry friends.
I will be posting about this on Funky Finds this Wednesday (March 11)! Jessica
Bernie I think its great that you do what you do. I know the animals appreciate it too, and they definitely feel the love. Sandie :)
Hello Bernie!I am going to vote for Joe!I loved the pupps!!
I have great admiration for all you both do. Congrats on a amazing project and journey.
I voted!!!He does wonderfull photos!!!:)
I voted for him today. He is currently in top 10, but needs several hundred votes to get to top spot. Will go post to twitter now.
Voted and will pass along wherever I can. Guardian angels deserve all the help we can give! Welcome Joe to A Place to Bark, a piece of heaven on earth for furry friends!
thanks Bernie for caring for God's creatures. you inspire many folks, check out http://sawmillstrays.blog.spot.com
you go, Joe! and Bernie, too. keep up the good work.

from another artist and animal advocate - Kim Santini
Yay for rescue dogs!
what awesome looking books
It is a sad reality that you state so clearly about puppy mill dogs and grown up dogs too. Its so sad that when puppies grow up, people give them up because they aren't "cute babies" anymore. People can be so heartless.
Such gorgeous photos and sweet, loving faces. Thank you for sharing.

Holly & Albie (my rescue)
ok I'm loving this . You so need to stop by and visit me..grab my button and add my fluffy friend to your terrific blog!!!Loved the pictures they are FAB!!
Hi Bernie, thanks for letting use know about Joe's Dream Assignment in class over the weekend in Melbourne Australia ... I put in a vote and hope he wins. He's number 11 at the moment ... with 11 more votes he'll be in the number 10 position.
hey chica! I voted and posted it on the Fiskateer message board! Hope it helps!
Wow,this is great,I'd be one to take each one of them home,lol.Great sight,Rebbeca sent me here and glad I came by.
Done-will try to get my friends this one.
Hi Bernie.... do you have any books left, if so, how much will shipping be downunder?

Hi Bernie,

I have just voted! Good Luck to you and Joe, The photos are amazing!

It was so wonderful to meet you at the retreat Bernie.

Best wishes

your site is great. I love the pictures. great work you are doing! Lynda
great pictures!
maryanne hoekman #5271
Love the photos. Thanks for sharing. I voted. Sondra #4936 BarefootProf@bellsouth.net
We are so happy to see that Captain Kissy Pants is with the bully group up for adoption. He has the sweetest face. Thank you for giving this little guy all the love he needed to go on to finding a loving home. You're an angel.

Barb & Carl
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