A Place to Bark and Meow Blog by Bernie Berlin

Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Kobie gets a new home..
"Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see."
-Hebrews 11:1

On the go, from the road...
Claudine made this little graphic of me with the dogs:)

Don't you love wireless!!!
I started writing this post a few days ago, sitting outside with my friend Monica's house in Chicago.  
I overnited there, on my way to Wisconsin to adopt "Kobie" to his new home. Actually, his new owner is a repeat adopter, they adopted "Harvey" from me last year. Amazing how time flies, it seems like just yesterday, that I took Kobie and Kya from the pound. 
Having to carry Kobie out, because he was so weak & malnourished, he could barely stand.  Now isn't he just the most stunning dog!!!  
Still a bit shy, but getting better with each passing day. 
The picture below was taken the day I rescued Kobie and Kya from the pound.

This is the Kobie today!!!

A big smile, for everyone who helps me save these guys:)

This was the last picture I took of Kya and her kids, before I took them to Anti Cruelty Society in Chicago.  
I was fortunate enough to meet one of the families that adopted them, the day I was there.

I am now at "CHA", seeing all the new art & craft products in the industry, will be doing a book signing for F+W publications booth #1817 tomorrow from 10a.m. to 11 a.m. They will be giving away limited copies of my book.  
It is always great to see all my friend in the art field, it just never ceases to amaze me how fast time flies... half the year is already gone.

Now, Finally!!! Thanks for being patient with me, the winners to my blog giveaways:

The 4 x 4 painted canvas goes to:  Mary LaBontel
The 2 books go to: Funky Finds & Tara Ross Studio
The 3 collage packs go to:  Harley Dee, Dejablu503 & Groovy Holly
Please send me your mailing information and I will send the items out next week when I get home..

I'm very lucky to have Jeff, Terry & my vet clinic taking care of all the critters while I am on the road... So Thank you guys!!!  
Without Jeff & Terry at home, holding down the fort, I don't know what I would do.  
Well, yes.. I do, I wouldn't be able to leave, to work:(
I tell them all the time, how much I appreciate it, but sometimes it is just nice to be appreciated in print:) So here you are!!!

Here is another fun pet link to My Friend's Pet Boutique blog.
Brook, is currently watching Freedom for me while I am at the show, she called to tell me that she got her a new dress.
A far cry from the puppy mill she was taken from, she is being spoiled & is playing with 2 English Bulldogs & 2 Boston Terriers.
I wanted to give you something to smile about so check out this funny youtube that was taken the weekend they were at a dog show: "Dogs playing on Brook's head in the Morning"

Since I have been gone my cell has been ringing non stop, with requests to take dogs and puppies..  
So looks like I'll be busy when I get home.  Eeeek!!

Till tomorrow, much love...

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Saturday, July 12, 2008
Heavy Post: Independence Day came early...
"Hold Onto The Good"
- I Thessalonians 5:21

This post has been a very difficult one for me to write..
I have struggled for the past week, trying to find the right words.

My volunteer work with the H.S.U.S. puppy mill seizure here in Tennessee, has kept me very busy and has emotionally drained me, beyond words.
We took in 33 dogs from the seizure to be placed with "Anti Cruelty Society" in Chicago. 
They spent a few days here with us, before they went.
Giving them time to get settled, groomed, thorough vet checks & health certificates, before their trip.

When I brought the dogs to Chicago, as I turned the corner and saw the "Anti Cruelty Society", I started to cry..
It was as if, every dog that I rescued, their memories came to revisit me at that moment.

I know what these dogs had to endure and that very soon, they would be in homes, real homes and not cages.  So many of these dogs have spent years of their lives, in horrible conditions and now they would have a chance at a true life.  I decided to stayed a few extra days in Chicago to recharge & unwind. Stopped at the shelter on Saturday to find people lined up all around the block to adopt these dogs for they had been on the news. 
While I was extremely grateful so many people showed up, I also wished, at that very moment all humane societies & rescues had that type of turnout daily for the great shelter dogs, who wait patiently for a human of their own to love & care for them every day of their lives.  
The shelter has screened and educated their adopters as to the special care and understanding these animal will need.  If you ever consider adopting a puppy mill survivor this is what you will need to know.

These are the before and after pictures. 
Amazing, aren't they?!!  
The saying a picture says a thousand words can be see in their eyes.

These pictures were taken, when they took their first steps on ground. 
Not cage wire, but grass.  
Scared to death at first, after several hours, they realized they were safe & started to relax, play and smile.
These dogs lived in rabbit hutches, many, many, dogs in one hutch.
Click "here" to watch video footage of the rescue.

Their poor feet were so embedded with fecal matter even after multiple washings & soakings we could not get it off their pads.
I consider myself a strong person, but this experience was one that hit me terribly hard, brought me to my knees so to speak, my heart and soul will never be the same again.. 
Images forever burned into my memory.  
I had been on one other puppy mill bust a few years ago, but this was the absolute worst.
Nothing can ever prepare you for the unspeakable things that people can do..
But until you see it with your very own eyes, it is that very moment, you will dedicate your lifetime to the cause.
While I know many of you have a hard time with these types of heavy posts, it is important to read, to help change the world so to speak.  I always try to shield you by not showing the gore, for I know most of you have a very difficult time with these things, but you will know by just looking at the faces, they need us to help them..  So please take a moment for their sakes.

Puppy mills are a greed based industry, preying on animal loving people. 
The animals live a lifetime of misery, procreating for profit. 
Unsuspecting people just looking to buy a pure bred puppy, buy pups from pet stores not realizing that they are helping an unspeakable industry continue on.. 
If you must buy a purebred dog, please research and find a reputable breeder.
I highly recommend rescues and shelters.  There is a purebred rescue for every breed, so please adopt when you can!!!

I am asking you,  if you love animals and want to Help Stop Puppy mills, join H.S.U.S. in their campaign to end this horrible industry. I have seen first hand what people who are dedicated to the cause can do.  Whether you are there physically working or just being in support of stopping inhumane treatment of animals, we all can play a part in seeing an end to puppy mills.
Please post a banner to your website or blog, buy a t-shirt, join Facebook and commit to the cause.  I know I have readers from all over the world, it costs nothing to put a banner up, to help raise awareness, so please if you believe in the ethical treatment of animals post the banner.  Together, we can make a difference for the animals!!!
All the links are hooked up to the words, let me know if you have posted a banner, bought a t-shirt or joined FaceBook.  I would love to know:)
Also, if you want another blog to add to your blog rolls, check out Wayne's Blog.

I LOVE you guys and am thankful everyday you are with me & read this blog.
I promise to post the way over due winners for my giveaways tomorrow!!!

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