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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... 

Don't forget to keep leaving comments for BEAN. BEAN deserves more support, as she is the PERFECT DOG for the Obama family! The more comments BEAN gets, the greater chance of being noticed.

Add my vote for BEAN to be the new FIRST DOG of the United States of America.
Have you ever thought about contacting someone like Ellen Degeneres who have adopted dogs before? I think she would love a story like yours and Bean's.
Bean is absolutely lovely. She has my vote! I have a shelter rescue dog. She's 1 of 5 puppies and the only one that survived Parvo (what a fight that was, to keep her alive!). She's a bit insane, but we love her to death. Duchess is a Border Collie/Australian Shepherd mix. She loves to herd people and throw herself into the air for anything thrown..anything!

I'll pray that the Obama's see this and choose Bean. She most certainly deserves to be the First Dog!
Bean looks AWESOME with her new haircut! Go BEAN!
Bean and all those babies are simply adorable. What faces they have, so cute!

Good luck trying to reach the Obamas! I hope you get through, especially considering that Biden went to a bad breeder... :(
:) I aprove!!Eeheheh!!!
I'm here to wish you a Merry Christmas and wonderfull 2009.I just love what you do and this blogs is also a great joy to visit.I have something to show you.Yesterday I had both,my nephew and his dog with me.My nephew has pneumonia and must stay inside the house.So I was babysiting and dogsitting-double pleasure.I made some photos.They were not staged!I think they are wonderfull and I know you will like to see it!!
The photos of my nephew and shar pei
Thank you so much for your message. Honestly, I don't know how you do this job. I love animals but am too sensitive to be able to face seeing their suffering on a regular basis.

You bring them hope and a new life but also see the dark side that you rescue them from. Your post on Bean alone had tears streaming down my face, and I don't think it's (all) because I lost my precious canine companion earlier this year after 15 years together.

The dogs are all adorable and I hope every single one of them is on his/her way to a wonderful loving permanent home very soon. I can't wait for the day when the time is right for me to have a pet again.

I hope you keep spreading the word about Bean, you have a very importat message to share and I hope as many people as possible get to hear it. Go Bean (and all the other animals in need of homes, wishing them all and you a wonderful new year)!
I would venture a guess that "Fred" has some doxie in him. I know that face! What a doll.
I hope Terry is doing better. When I read of the hospital run I sent up a prayer for him. Let him know we know how important he is and we wish him well.
Blessings to all of you.
Glad Terry is HOME. Such good news.Keep us posted and I will keep up the prayers for all of you.
I know you are working so hard.You do such a good job of finding forever homes for the little guys.
Happy New Year to All.
Bean is such a cutie & I love her name! She's destined to be a Doggie Star!
What a joy you bring to so many. thank you for all that you do!!!
So happy I found your blog. I live in England, I have 2 resuced dogs, you can see them on my Blog. Keep up your wonderful work, you are blessed by God. Love Kath www.railwaycottage.blogspot.com
Wow very good pics posted.

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