A Place to Bark and Meow Blog by Bernie Berlin

Thursday, December 11, 2008
On The Campaign Trail with: The Perfect Dog for the Obama Family
"If we never try, we shall never succeed"
-Abraham Lincoln

I am in Chicago, with "Bean".
She loves the snow & looks so cute in her little polar fleece.
The little one accompanied me on this transport.
All the dogs I had with me, were delivered safely & are waiting for their forever homes, this Christmas Season.
Never been on a long car ride, was a bit scared & did get carsick the first hour.  After that, she acclimated, started to bark & wag her tail!!! Met tons of people, in Wisconsin at my friends hair salon, then off to a Christmas party last nite in downtown Chicago.  Huge auditorium full of people she met & visited with everyone.  
Passed from person to person, hamming it up and giving kisses to all!!!  
Bean really proved herself this trip, her tolerance & temperament, just fabulous!!!
She has covered three states now, Tennessee, Illinois & Wisconsin.  
Tried to get her some press in Chicago, for my little Obama puppy candidate.  
I would have been able to, had it not been for all the scandal with Governor Rod Blagojevich that was going on.  It's o.k. we'll keep trying:)  Head back home to Tennessee tomorrow..

These sweet photos were taken at Lucky Pup Boutique in Nashville by 
Photographer Angela Bertrand she was kind enough to share these with us!!!  

Now I hope you know these posts are all in good fun!!     
A little over the top, but if I don't campaign for her who will?
A Hope & A Prayer, for rescue dogs everywhere:)
Below are a few cute YouTube videos of Bean so you can see her live & in action.
Ohhh, we did get a little blurb on MSNBC local news!!

Click here to view another video with Bean in it.

In this life, you never know where the journey will take you...
If the time is right, God, fate, destiny, synchronicity or whatever you want to call it, sometimes steps in and creates miracles.  I truly believe  this.
Now don't get me wrong, alot of hard work also factors into everyday miracles!!
We dismiss so many things, we think are everyday occurrences, they are miracles. 
The greatest miracle that can come from these posts is a hope, that it inspires a nation to adopt rescued/shelter dogs, rather than buy them from pet stores or puppymills.
Puppymills are a greed based industry, profiting from misery & preying on animal loving consumers. Please don't buy pets from petstores & support this industry. 
Support your local shelters & rescues this holiday season.
"IF" I could have my Christmas wish it would be:  For the Obama family to meet "Bean". 
After all, adopting a dog is a very personal thing, the whole family would need to connect with the animal.  Especially Sasha & Malia, for Bean would be their constant companion & responsibility.  If after meeting Bean they think she is the one, I would keep her till they are settled & continue her training.  She's about 90% housebroken now!!
When they settle in D.C., I would happily bring her to them, if the opportunity would arise... 

Even if "Bean" doesn't make it to the White House, my hope is the bigger message.  
To create awareness to support shelters & rescues wherever you live.  
No matter what your station in life, you can donate time, money, photography, computer & clerical skills, a dog walk, etc, it is all needed everywhere!!!  Together we can all make a huge difference for the animals by doing small things:)
Locate a shelter near you that is in need of volunteers.
I know I must sound like a broken record, but this is a message I believe needs to be said.

The guys below are just a few of the many faces I brought up north with me this trip.
They will be available for adoption at Anti Cruelty Society in downtown Chicago, this week.
Give the gift of home and life this holiday season... Just please be sure to think things thru prior to adoption.  This is a commitment for the life of the animal, not just for Christmas day.
They are lives who deserve love, patience & training.  Just like kids they only know what they are taught.  If the time is taken to properly train the pet, you will not be disappointed:)

"Vinnie" van gogh is a male Schnauzer mix, approximately 3 months old.  Half an ear missing, we're not sure what happened, he was like that at animal control.  
All healed now, he is a LOVE!!!  Just so happy to follow you everywhere.  He is a little afraid of fast downward motions, but is learning quickly no one is going to hurt him. 

"Nicholas" is a male Great Pyrenees/ mix.  Approximately 5 months old.  LOVES everyone!!  Goofy, Silly, sweet, loving boy.  Will be a big guy, but just that much more to love!!!

"Honey" above is a female Boston Terrier/ Pom mix.  Approximately 10 weeks old. 
Sooo darling, she loves to sit in your lap and give kisses.

"Fred" is a male we don't know what mix:)  He looks like a tiny Golden Retriever.  Approximately 4 months old & about 8 pounds.  
He likes to talk, follow you and play non stop with the other dogs.

This beauty above is "Yodel".  She is a female Husky, approximately 4 years old. Great girl!!! Loves people & is social with other dogs. Had a tough beginning, but is on to a better life. 
She loves to garden, dug me lots of holes:)

This is Yodel's baby, one of 5 that survived. Darling little one is now 10 weeks old, . 
I haven't had a chance to take updated pictures but you get the idea of how cute she is!

Next to her is another girl, one of 5 lab/retriever mixes.  They are 5-6 months old.  
All have just the most wonderful personalities!!! A true companion in every sense of the word.  
They are now in Chicago up for adoption.
We have so many wonderful dogs, but time gets away from me, caring for so many. 
For now this is the best I can do to keep you updated..

I head back to Tennessee tomorrow..
Long drive, but well worth it!!!!  Will update soon... 

Monday, December 01, 2008
The Perfect Rescued Puppy for: The Obama Family
"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams"
-Eleanor Roosevelt


Yes, I am being silly, but hey why not!!!  
Life is about having fun & doing positive things..
That's what we try to do here everyday:)
Barack Obama promised in his presidential acceptance speech to get his daughters a puppy and this is where our story begins...

A few weeks ago, I had an opportunity to send my 2 puppies, to participate in the search for the Obama puppy on television.  This was via Anti Cruelty Society in Chicago.
I love them and have a wonderful working relationship with them.
Unfortunately I was on the road, away from home, it was last minute & I couldn't get back on time, to get my dogs there.  I was disappointed, but am a firm believer that if things are meant to be they happen.

With that being said, I am creating my own opportunity & am putting our rescued puppy out in this public forum for their consideration.  My hope is that the Obama family will see this post via the web.
I've tried to find contact info, where I could send them a private note, but with no luck.  
Sooo, I have to believe someone, will know someone, will know someone & let them know!!!

Based on the credentials needed to be the Obama puppy, we nominate:
"Bean" to be the First Dog of the United States of America.

To our President-Elect Obama, Mrs. Obama & most of all Malia & Sasha, I respectfully present to you... 
Our sweet rescued Schnauzer "Bean".  She is a 12-14 week old purebred puppy.  
She was rescued with her 2 other sisters and 7 other adult Schnauzers.  
Wonderful calm personality, loving, snuggley, sweet & non shedding.
Her color is black, but will most probably change with time to Silver.  
We named her "Bean" because when you look at her she looks like a little jellybean.
Round, wiggly, gentle & full of kisses.  Follows you everywhere you go.
I believe she meets all the criteria you are looking for: she is hypoallergenic & a rescued dog
Here are just a few pictures, it is very difficult to photograph a black dog.
The pictures don't do her justice, she is much cuter in person!!!
Her hair is long now & she will be going in for her first haircut this week.

As the President-Elect said: "A lot of shelter dogs are mutts, like me".
"So whether we're going to be able to balance those two things, I think, is a pressing issue on the Obama household."
As fate would have it, "A Place To Bark" has the dog they are looking for.
Now we just have to somehow get the Obama family to notice!!  

"Bean" does have an approved home already, but they have agreed to allow me offer her to the Obama family.  
The adoptive family believes a positive example is important & they would adopt another dog  if the opportunity was available for Bean to go to the White House.
We are willing to potty train and hold her until the President-Elect Obama & his family are settled in the White House.  
I could hand deliver her when after they settle into the White House and visit with Claudine since she lives in D.C. 

So as with all things in my life, I believe creating your own opportunities is key... 
Dreaming, believing, working hard towards a goal, envisioning it & making it real, that is what life is about!!  I know it's a long shot, but I believe in miracles:)
You ask why us?? Why not one of our dogs!!!
It's all about making the dream real & I think this upcoming year is going to be all about making lots of dreams real!!! 
If you believe "Bean" should be the First Rescued Dog for the Obama family, please leave a comment.  If you have never commented here before, now is the time.
The larger the number of comments, the better chance she will get noticed!!
An experiment of sorts in the power of people, so to speak:)
A simple "I vote for Bean" or "Bean has my vote" will do!!!


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