A Place to Bark and Meow Blog by Bernie Berlin

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Morning & Happy Halloween!!!
The sun is shining here and it's beautiful!!
I was working on my lap top in bed last nite and my Doberman was snoring..
I was feeling pretty silly, so I made a little video, hope it makes you giggle!!
"Zues" is my personal dog. He is almost 7 years old and 110 pounds.
He has been thru disaster training with me and is a therapy dog.
Truly my BEST friend!!!

How many of you let your dogs sleep in bed with you??
And do they do anything funny??

I have other youtube videos, if you want to view them click HERE

Yesterday I took in 4 more dogs. It looks like I will be doing back to back transports next week and then 2 weeks after that.
My friend Patsy sent me an article on how there are actually puppy and kitten shortages in parts of the country, where there are successful spay and neuter programs. Wish that were the case here, it is just so sad..
Hope you are all having a beautiful day!!!
Well, Im off and running to feed, water & rotate all the animals..
Big Creepy Halloween HUGS!!!
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Monday Musings..

Ever have one of those days that seemed so vivid, somewhat movie like in memory, that you have to sit for a minute to make sense of it all???
Today was one of those days..
The day began quite chilly, but was quick to warm up...
I was running against the clock all day, running to the two animal controls I work with, a meeting with my law enforcement trainer friend, the vets office to drop off 3 new dogs in need of medical treatment and then off to vaccinate and help a family that has been fostering a mother dog, that was dumped and also taking care of her 8 puppies. These lovely people are 85 years old:) Young at heart and true animal lovers. I typically only deal with animal control animals, but how could I say no, this family is just amazing good hearted people, that I am very blessed to have met.
As I drove out our road today, the sun shining, my mind kept wondering, how can I live in such a beautiful place and have so much unspoken sadness for the animals of our county...
So many of us trying to save them, but yet it never seems to end...

While at animal control today, I walked the aisles, each face, the eyes of each and every animal really hit me especially hard. Every day that I walk those aisles, it bothers me tremendously, but I have learned to focus on the task, to take what I can and let go and let God take care of the rest. It doesn't make it easier and some days I just weep uncontrolably for those I have left behind. Having to put myself together pretty quickly to care for those that are here. The faces here are ever changing, every 3 weeks we have new faces and each and every animal that comes thru my door, leaves an imprint on my heart. Every dog left behind, is burned into my memory never to be forgotten.

Amidst it all, there is joy in the sadness...
Some make it out into fabulous homes and will be loved and pampered the rest of their lives, cherished as all animals should be and others will become service dogs to keep us safe, working with law enforcement agencies.

I have been blessed to have networked with people who help me, make a difference and for that I am grateful.
I speak about it here, because it is so very important that we all appreciate our blessings and never take them for granted. Being grateful and letting those people who are so important in your life know it..
So I am letting you all know that I am very grateful for you, those who read this blog and support what I do, who believe in the same vision for the animals, I am blessed to have you in my circle of friends and want you to know this!!!
Alright I'm done being mushy, but felt I had to say this..
I run so fast and furious, that catching up seems so unreal.
I also lost what little help I had here.. It is what it is and I'm fine with it..
Chris found a girlfriend and got a job that paid real money, who could blame him:) His dad helps me when he can, but truly it's just me and so my art and communications with my friends have taken the back seat to whenever I can get to it.
It doesn't mean it's not important, it just means that at this time, focusing on the task of making a difference for the animals comes first these days. I am going to slow down, very soon..

But till then, please bear with my lack of communication and delayed auctions, I wish I could get more done, but I do what I can and have it all on my to do list...

New faces here as of today:

"Bubbles" is a Yorkie/Poo I think.. She is as sweet as can be, loving to a fault. All she wants to do is sit in your lap and be held. She was huddled in a corner, I almost missed her as I walked the aisles. A female, approximately 7-9 years of age. She's currently at the vet, getting groomed, her teeth cleaned and being treated for skin infections.

"Cricket" is a female Terrier/mix. Approximately 7-8 weeks of age. Busy!! But a very nice girl. This picture was taken at the vet, her tail is stripped clean of it's hair except a little bit at the end, looks like a rats tail with a paint brush end. Sweet girl has a fungal infection. Eeew.. But it will heal and she'll have a beautiful tail again in a few weeks.

"Mindy" is a female Cattledog/Beagle mix. Approximately 2-3 years of age. Sweet as can be, this poor darling had 9 puppies. She will be up for adoption in the next 3 weeks. Her puppies are weaned and already have all been adopted.

I brought "Mister Moo" home today, but haven't had a chance to get any good pics of him. He is soooo sweet. Stole the hearts of the staff at my vets office.

This pic is for "Hank's" family. "Hank" is a male chocolate lab, 1 year old, sweet and a very busy boy. He was surrendered by his family and I wanted his kids to know he is fine, doing well and we'll get a good home for him. Promise!!!

Saturday, October 27, 2007
I've been under the weather today, feeling flu like and kinda yucky in general, but have lots of fuzzy friends keeping me warm:)

Here are some updates on our darlings here:
"Keoshi & Karma" have both undergone 2 rounds of their heartworm treatment and are doing well. They will both be up for adoption in about 6 weeks. We can fill out applications before then if anyone is interested in adopting.

"Keoshi" is a male ShihTzu approximately 2-3 years of age. Housebroken and super loving, especially to men. Has some fear of quick movements or new people. Adult only home recommended. This picture was taken in the car on the way home from his treatment. He's happy to be cured!!

"Karma" is a female Husky Mix. Small in size. She is approximately 3-4 years of age. Housebroken and good with other medium to large dogs. Must have fenced yard, she loves to run.

"Hazel" is a Beagle mix, currently heartworm positive. I took her in from the pound and she gave birth later that week.
She gave birth to 5 puppies, only 3 made it. The puppies have been successfully placed and now it is time for us to take care of mom. She is very sweet and loving. Approximately 2-4 years of age.

We also took in a new terrier mix. His name is "Moo". Currently at my vet, he had some very severe skin issues, bacterial infections and fungus, but that will heal with time and medication. He is a more mature guy about 4-6 years of age.
Pictures will follow as soon as he comes home, probably early next week.

Thank you for your kind donations towards the treatment of our special needs animals, without you they wouldn't be here:)
The happy faces show you how appreciative they are to have a chance at life..
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Quick Note..

Yes, Yes..
I'm still alive and will post a detailed post soon!!!
SUPER busy, but exciting news coming, about a matching grant for "A Place To Bark", spay and neuter programs coming to our area and a trainer who trains law enforcement dogs, for bomb sniffing.
I will be working closely with him, finding dogs in our local animal controls.
I'm on a newly created animal welfare committee, that was created to help animals in our county, so I'm hopeful that together with our politicians we can make a difference for the animals.
Just got back last week from another transport and have another one coming up in November, after that I will be working on a time out, since the weather is changing, funds are very low and I need to do a gianormous amount of paperwork and much work - work in general. This is one of our new little ones here. Becky, make sure you show your mom:)

Gotta run, will write soon..

P.S. anyone know how or willing to do press releases for me:)

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