Published January 4, 2012 at January 4, 2012 - No Comments
“The fountains mingle with the river
And the rivers with the ocean,
The winds of Heaven mix forever
With a sweet emotion;
Nothing in the world is single;
All things by a law divine
In one spirit meet and mingle.
Why not I with thine? -
See the mountains kiss high Heaven
And the waves clasp one another;
No sister-flower would be forgiven
If it disdained its brother;
And the sunlight clasps the earth
And the moonbeams kiss the sea:
What is all this sweet work worth
If thou kiss not me?”
~ Percy Bysshe Shelley ~
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Published December 16, 2011 at December 16, 2011 - No Comments
The Washington Humane Society is celebrating the season holding photo sessions with Santa at area DC locations as part of their Friends of Fashion for Paws program. Tysons Galleria and Capital File Magazine hosted the program on Wednesday, December 7 in Tysons Corner, VA. For a $20 donation supporters receive a photo of their dog posing with Santa, and a chance to provide much needed support for the two WHS shelters located in the city. The 6th Annual Fashion for Paws Runway Show will be held on April 14, 2012 in the National Building Museum.
For dates and locations of future Friends of...
Published December 7, 2011 at December 7, 2011 - No Comments
The Washington Animal Rescue League opened it’s doors to all on Sunday December 4th much to the delight of those who were interested in adopting a pet, having a photo of their pet taken with Santa, or simply wanting to participate in the festivities with fellow pet lovers and prospective adoptee dogs and cats.
Jim Monsma, Chief Communications Officer greeted guests as they arrived, and in the holiday spirit offered roasted chestnuts to the hundreds of visitors who streamed throughout the facility all day long.
One of the volunteers helping out at the Open House was Kamila Chase. This actually...
Published November 21, 2011 at November 21, 2011 - No Comments
Ra-qi (/ra:ki;Arabic: راقي ) : sophisticated, one of status, privilege, and superiority, but to his owner, this five year old Doberman Pinscher is simply a loving and loyal companion with an interesting story to tell. Born September 22, 2006, in Adhamiya, a Northwest neighborhood of Baghdad, Iraq, the newest puppy in Saddam Hussein’s (yes Saddam Hussein) Kennel of champion German Dobermans, Raqi’s future at that time was sure to be that of a guard dog. Little did he know, however, that his life would be very different from that of his brothers and sisters.
I arrived in Baghdad in late...
Published November 14, 2011 at November 14, 2011 - No Comments
Each year, the Washington Humane Society receives hundreds of calls from Washington, DC residents reporting cases of animal abuse and neglect. These cases range from reports of dogfighting, animals left outside during the cold winter months, or even cases of intentional physical abuse of an animal. Zita Macinanti is the director of humane law enforcement, which investigates these cases of cruelty and neglect. Last month, Zita’s office received a call from a woman in a domestic violence situation asking for help. The woman said something that both of us hoped we would never hear: “My boyfriend...
Published November 10, 2011 at November 10, 2011 - No Comments
Reston Town Center was bustling with activity on Saturday, November 5th as representatives from dozens of pet rescue groups talked with thousands of people about their organizations, and introduced them to some of their adoptees, at the Home 4 the Holidays pet adoption event. It could not have been a more perfect fall day. The main thoroughfare, Market Street, was lined with booths of over 40 all breed and purebred dog rescue organizations.
Some of those groups represented included K9 Lifesavers, Lucky Dog Animal Rescue, Bully Paws Pit Bull Rescue, Virginia German Shepherd Rescue, Homeward...
Published November 7, 2011 at November 7, 2011 - No Comments
Marley is a yellow Labrador Retriever and American Pit Bull Terrier mix, – a very friendly, gentle and loving girl that would make the perfect addition to your home. She is approximately 3 years old, 50 lbs. and mostly tan in color with a bit of white. Marley is also good with kids, other dogs, and cats! She was found as a pregnant stray and taken to a shelter in Virginia before moving into her foster home. There she and her pups were cared for until her brood was eventually adopted. Now, with the pups all placed in forever homes Marley is now searching for her forever home.
Published November 7, 2011 at November 7, 2011 - No Comments
I have read some of the best stories on the net about good people and the pets that reside with them. Some of these stories can be the most heart wrenching stories of lonely, hurt and helpless animals and I’m amazed at some of the courage shown by the people who adopt them. My story isn’t nearly as fantastic or heroic though. Oh sure, two of my cats came to my home very ill from a breeding house, and the other came to me at the request of a dying friend. Friends have commented to me that these cats are very lucky, because I was there to save them from unhealthy conditions, and that...
Published October 31, 2011 at October 31, 2011 - No Comments
It has been an active and fun Howloween week in Metro DC for many people and their dogs, and creativity has been in abundance, as evidenced by some great ideas for costumes and fun. Ronald Zell of Alexandria, for example, had custom-made Revolutionary period costumes made for himself and his two Brussel Griffons, George and Martha, repleat with brass buttons on their vests, ruffles and a tricorn hat. Many animal shelters and rescue organizations benefited from donations made at area festivities including the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria. Here’s a sampling of some revelers in costume...
Published October 26, 2011 at October 26, 2011 - No Comments
Cats are believed to have descended from African Wild Cats some 4,000 years ago, and since then they have come a long way. While they still carry many of the traits inherited from their ancestors, today they are oftentimes known to be aloof, independent and finicky. Devotees though are smitten. Albert Schweitzer, the well known medical missionary once said, “There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats.”
Here are a few facts and bits of trivia about cats that you may not have known.
Cats have amazing jumping ability and can jump more than seven times...
Published October 24, 2011 at October 24, 2011 - No Comments
The Montgomery County Humane Society pulled out all of the stops Saturday evening as they hosted their annual Love Ball at the Hyatt Regency Bethesda – and it had all the makings of a spectacular event! This Gala is held annually to celebrate all of the compassionate work of volunteers and all animal-lovers, in saving homeless dogs, cats, rabbits, birds and other animals every year.
Everyone was in their best cocktail attire and many arrived with a dog, or two. The festivities began with a cocktail reception and an opportunity for guests to view and bid on numerous products and services,...
Published October 22, 2011 at October 22, 2011 - No Comments
With a laid-back ambiance and warm, friendly atmosphere the Doggy Happy Hour at Jackson 20 Restaurant stands as one of the most popular in the metro DC area. Set within the confines of the inner courtyard of the Hotel Monaco in Old Town Alexandria, this doggy friendly happy hour is both cozy and inviting. The large red-bricked area provides just the right amount of space for dogs and people to mingle freely, and enjoy the company of other dogs and their human companions. There are ample tables with very comfortable chairs and even a few couches on which to relax, sit back and enjoy the open-air....
Published October 17, 2011 at October 17, 2011 - No Comments
The Washington Humane Society (WHS) held their annual DC Walk For The Animals this past Saturday, October 15 in Adams Morgan and surpassed their fundraising goal of $55,000.
The day began very early for WHS volunteers, setting up registration and vendor booths, signage, an agility course, games, and a stage for the day’s contests. By late morning the park was teeming with activity as hundreds of dogs and owners mingled in front of various booths, and strolled across the playing field.
Daniel D’Eramo and Michael Triebwasser, WHS Humane Law Enforcement Officers were on hand to help educate...
Published September 21, 2011 at September 21, 2011 - No Comments
Thousands of people and numerous canine companions attended the 4th Annual Wags ‘N Whiskers event on Saturday, September 17th in The Village at Shirlington. The festive atmosphere was highlighted with pet contests, exhibitions, portraits, food and drink, and so much more. And, Rescue and Shelter groups were also there with dogs, providing their tireless support to find these canines “forever homes”. Dogs of all sizes, colors and breeds appeared to have a good time mingling with one another – in a virtual sniffers paradise. Here’s a sampling of those who attended….