Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Randy has Worked Tirelessly For Animals

Hi Friends, Randy who works tirelessly for animals has been nominated for the St. Louis' Person of the Year contest which is sponsored by the Post Dispatch. This is an informal contest in which the nominees and the winner are chosen by the public. Randy is currently ranked#1 and we would love for him to win. Please take the time to vote at the link below and share with your dog/cat loving friends! Thank you.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Elijah how could this be done to you?

This is Elijah, so named after the angel in charge of the weak and the sick. Elijah was shot at point blank range in the face, the chest and the abdomen. Someone found him on Puckett Creek Road in Flat Rock, TN. Whoever did this did it very much on purpose and with intent to kill. Given the trajectory of the wounds and the number of them, the vet believes someone held this dog on a leash while they shot him. Elijah's front left leg was shattered by the bullet and his right front leg was injured but will recover. Elijah lost his front leg and part of the right side of his face. We removed a bullet from the chest cavity and most of one bullet in his tongue. The right side of his face will never look normal as his upper canine and incisor were shattered on the right side of his face. He was shot with both a rifle and a shotgun and he has buckshot from head to toe and some slugs we did not remove. He has a long way to go and more surgery ahead of him. Despite all this, he wags his tail and kisses us and comes hobbling over when we call. He is underweight and malnourished on top of everything else, but so trusting of people. I pride myself on balance and temperance in my dealings with people but I confess I am burning with anger over this case as it transcends mere cruelty and is a much darker example of the worst we can do to an animal.

It is Christmas time which should be a time of good will toward all men and animals. I am sick at the thought that there are other dogs out there just like Elijah but without someone to speak for them and care for them, dying alone and unloved in some misbegotten place. I am unspeakably sad to know that there are people capable of such monstrosity and I am amazed at the grace shown by this poor dog toward people whom he has no reason to trust. These pictures were taken after he was bathed to remove all the blood he was covered in. I can’t bring myself to post what he looked like when we got him Thursday. This is what happens to dogs in rural areas in the South when they are left to fend for themselves and we should all work toward ensuring this never happens to another dog. I am sickened by the thought of what this dog suffered and I am deeply ashamed of my fellow man. Say a prayer for all those lost souls not in a home or a rescue and alone and scared on this cold December night.

If you would like to donate to Elijah's fund, a link is provided below. Feel free to crosspost as you see fit. or you can send it straight to the vets office who is taking care this beautiful dog Premier VetCare 10579 Cedar Grove Road #190 Smyrna, TN 37167 or contact them through their website at

Jean Harrison
Big Fluffy Dog Rescue

I included this letter in my blog today because I must admit I am blown away by how cruel and inhumane that people can be to not only each other but to us helpless dogs. This story just deeply saddens my heart.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Bark! The Boston Terriers Sing

Hudson's revision of

"Hark! The Heralds Angels Sing"

Bark! The Boston Terriers Sing

"Look at us, the coolest thing.

Stubby nose and tempers mild,

The first American breed was styled."

"Don't forget us!" call the puggles.

Terriers yip, "We're best for snuggles."

"Wait a sec!" the mutts proclaim.

"Neath our fur, we're all the same.

Bark! Tho' wondrous breeds abound,

Don't forsake the local pound."

This Christmas season brighten your home

and a dog at the pound or a rescue facility by

purchasing your next pet from them.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Dog's Lover Paradise

R.T.Weiler's Food & Spirits located in downtown St. Charles, Missouri is a restaurant you have to check out. The minute you walk into the place you are bombarded with amazing dog momentum's everywhere. One of the traditions is their regulars bring framed pictures of their dogs and the establishments hang them on the wall. There is every kind of dog imaginable hanging on their walls. It's just fun to go around checking out all the dog pictures. Some of the pictures are in memory of dog's that were amazing pets to their owners. You will have to find mine but it does kind of stand out as I'm such a handsome little guy.They have a fabulous happy hour from 4:00-6:00 p.m. where all their appetizers are half off and they have some terrific drink specials. On Wednesdays wine by the bottle is all half off. They have an extensive, fun menu that is very reasonable. The restaurant atmosphere is so laid back and relaxing. It is very homey and has such a friendly feeling to it. Some nights they have live music that is played at just the right noise level not to interrupt dinner conversation. They always seem to play amazing music. Prices are extremely reasonable and every time my family goes there the waitresses are SO FRIENDLY and provide excellent service. I can come anytime I want as they allow dogs on their patio dining.Everyone who works there always brags about their owners saying they are so easy and kind to work for. I haven't met them yet but I'm looking forward to it. Anybody who loves dogs is a friend of mine.There number is (636) 947-1593 and let them know HUDSON sent you....

Monday, December 1, 2008

Shelter Dog Rescues Human

"I rescued a Human today.

Her eyes met mine as she walked down the corridor, peering apprehensively into the kennels. I felt her need instantly and knew I had to help her.
I wagged my tail, not too exuberantly, so she wouldn't be afraid.
As she stopped at my kennel I blocked her view from a little accident I had in the back of my cage. I didn't want her to know that I hadn't been walked today. Sometimes the overworked shelter keepers get too busy and I didn't want her to think poorly of them. As she read my kennel card I hoped that she wouldn't feel sad about my past. I only have the future to look forward to and want to make a difference in
someone's life. She got down on her knees and made little kissy sounds at me. I shoved my shoulder and side of my head up against the bars to comfort her. Gentle fingertips caressed my neck; she was desperate for companionship. A tear fell down her cheek and I raised my paw to assure her that all would be well.
Soon my kennel door opened and her smile was so bright that I instantly jumped into her arms. I would promise to keep her safe. I would promise to always be by her side.I would promise to do everything I could to see that radiant smile and
sparkle in her eyes. I was so fortunate that she came down my corridor. So many more are out
there who haven't walked the corridors. So many more to be saved. At least I could save one. I rescued a human today." (author unknown) Save a dog's life your next canine at a shelter or from a rescuer. Tell them Hudson sent you....

Fly Me Away

I don't care what talent you have it can make a huge difference in the life's of others if you open your heart. Have you heard about the pilots who fly dogs on the verge of being euthanized in shelters ? DO YOU KNOW THAT BETWEEN 4 AND 6 MILLION ANIMALS A YEAR WILL BE EUTHANIZED IN U.S. SHELTERS ??? There is one group out there called Pilots N Paws that was co foundered by Jon Wehrenberg of Knoxville, Tennessee. This compassionate man saw the need for dogs in overcrowded shelters to be flown to rescuers and animal shelters. He rescues dogs that are next in line to be killed and finds rescue groups to fly them to. The rescue groups then foster the dogs until they can find them permanent, loving homes. He has over 85 pilots who have signed on to help him. He has saved over 200 dogs to date by flying them to safety and eventually loving forever homes. There are way too many high kill shelters in the United States and way too many people who are dumping dogs off at them because they become inconvenient. I realize there are some situations that are beyond the owners control but the majority of the time that is not the case. Most people like my family weren't aware that many
many animal shelters have to euthanize 70% of the dogs
that come to their facility. These are loving, wonderful pets who often were purchased without any fault of their own by owners who gave them up. Maybe they didn't have time for them, get transferred with their job and can't move the animal with them, have a baby and no longer have time for the pet and don't have the time they thought they did to take care of a dog. Some of these dogs were purchased by college students who find out they can't handle the responsibility of raising a dog etc... So many reasons out of the control of the pet and they wind up at a shelter that isn't a no-kill one. This organization just helped out Knoxville-Williams Animal Center which receives around 17,000 animals a year and has to euthanize 70% of them. Xan Rawls is the operations director of Young-Williams Animal Center and is thrilled for every animal she can find a loving home for. She goes out of her way to work with Pilots N Paws. They simple struggle to find homes for all the animals they take in. Pilots N Paws has a web based message board about animals in need if you've got a minute to check them out. Won't you consider buying a dog from a shelter next time your adding a canine to your family??

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Dogs Teach Us So Much

So many of the humans over complicate life ending up depressed, taking pills daily to try to be happy and all kinds of silliness to try to find happiness or contentment. Don't they know that giving love unconditionally to the people in their lives is the true path to happiness. Us dogs have that figured out from day one of our lives. All we need is a family to love and we are thrilled to do anything to make them happy. There is no I in our family. It is such a simple thing to understand. Just being by their side is sheer joy to us dogs. All you need to do in life to be at peace with yourself is to give love and help others. If your ever feeling down and out of balance with your life try reaching out to another person or animal. It is amazing healing process when you devote all your energy to another human or animal. It is better to give than receive any day. Brooke put a new meaning to this one Christmas when "mom" told her that all she was doing is asking for things and the true meaning of Christmas was about giving. Brooke then informed the family then give to her.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

St. Louis Strays Need Help

The SLU dogs
A couple of months ago - I noticed 3 dogs that crossed Lindell Ave between Grand and Compton. One of the dogs had looked like she was pregnant or just had puppies. Well - I searched and searched and did not see the dogs again until today. I was driving to go get Ollie from the vet, and these 3 dogs crossed way in front of me - once I saw them - I remembered exactly who they were and turned around to go see them. (they were now on the other side of the interstate on the medical school campus... they had to walk over the compton overpass to get there...) They're all 3 skinny - but surviving. I think they are all german shepherd mixes. Two of them are starting to get Mange. I couldn't tell on the third. They all appear to be friendly - I had a shop n save plastic bag with around 4 cups of dog food - I got out of the car around 50 feet from them - asked them if they were hungry and they all came eagerly towards me. I tore the bag open and poured it on the ground on the grass. The two that are getting mange ate right away and hungrily - the 3rd just sat close to me and watched them - maybe he knows not to eat until they're done? Not sure. Regardless - it broke my heart. I got back in the car and just left - I had to get Ollie and I didn't know what to do. I called my coworker - so she was going to go get more food and we were going to try them again next week if we can find them. I felt so bad - it's so cold out tonight - I am just glad they have each other. I'm hoping the food will give them enough warmth to make it through the night okay. I have no idea where they're staying or keeping warm - I'm sure huddled together though. They really look out for one another. I'm attaching pictures - my camera didn't do to good - but you can at least see generally what they look like. I emailed Stray Rescue on them earlier in the year during the summer- but never got a reply back. I don't know what to do... but I want to help them. I might try to go out tomorrow and see if I glance them again - and bring food - but it's a little iffy neighborhood as well. People are constantly robbed over there. then wouldn't you know it as I pulled away - in the field one block over was a rottweiller walking around with no owner... He did look in good shape though. Appeared healthy - I just couldn't do anything for any of them... I wanted to take them all with me, but where would I go with them?Jen-- Adopt a shelter pet and save a life!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Considering adopting an older pet???

What are you looking for???
Three fine dog groups are sponsoring Adopt-A-Senior Pet month. This joined group consist of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Franklin County Humane Society and During the entire month of November any animal who is older than 5 years can be adopted for eighty dollars. These adoptions include spaying or neutering, their heart worm testing, vaccinations, worming, microchip Id and a complimentary well-pet visit to the vet office. Shelter pets have an additional seven-day health guarantee. These dogs make incredible pets and for the most part are already housebroken and just waiting for a loving family.The Franklin County Humane Society is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. On weekends they are open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. They are located on 1222 West Main Street in Union. You can visit their website at or you can call them at (636) 583-4300.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

A Pet's Ten Commandment

1. My life is likely to last 10-15 years. Any separation from you is likely to be painful. 2. Give me time to understand what you want of me. 3. Place your trust in me. It is crucial for my well-being. 4. Don't be angry with me for long and don't lock me up as punishment. You have your work, your friends, your entertainment, but I have only you. 5. Talk to me. Even if I don't understand your words, I do understand your voice when speaking to me. 6. Be aware that however you treat me, I will never forget it. 7. Before you hit me, before you strike me, remember that I could hurt you, and yet, I choose not to bite you. 8. Before you scold me for being lazy or uncooperative, ask yourself if something might be bothering me. Perhaps I'm not getting the right food, I have been in the sun too long, or my heart might be getting old or weak. 9. Please take care of me when I grow old. You too, will grow old. 10. On the ultimate difficult journey, go with me please. Never say you can't bear to watch. Don't make me face this alone. Everything is easier for me if you are there, because I love you so. ~Take a moment today to thank God for your pets. Enjoy and take good care of them. Life would be a much duller, less joyful experience without God's critters. ~Now please pass this on to other pet owners. We do not have to wait for Heaven to be surrounded by hope, love, and joyfulness. It is here on earth and has four legs!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

A Fabulous Fundraiser Event for Strays this Sunday

Help Save our Strays – Fundraising Event
Sponsored by ROAR – Resources for Organized Animal Rescues
Contact: Mary McKee – 314-853-4406

WHAT: Fundraising event for local animal rescue groups
WHEN: Sunday, November 16, 2008 – 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
WHERE: Dressel’s Pub, 419 N. Euclid, St. Louis, MO (upstairs party room)
COST: $25 per person
INFO: Buffet, cash bar, bluegrass by The Grits plus door prizes and raffle drawings.
Raffle tickets are $5 each and on sale at Mary’s Pet Grooming or at the event.
All proceeds will benefit animal rescue groups.

(ST. LOUIS): On Sunday, November 16, 2008, Dressel’s Pub will host the first fundraiser sponsored by ROAR: Resources for Organized Animal Rescues. ROAR is helping those who help our four-legged friends and the need has never been greater – abandoned pets are on the rise, shelters are overwhelmed, and donations are down. Animals are being destroyed.

ROAR’s Mission: To help the people who help the Furry Kids in St. Louis. We are the resources for the rescues. We will help to find people to foster, gift cards to purchase food and supplies, gently used and new pet beds, crates, bowls, toys, towels and blankets. Donations are welcomed. Cash contributions are welcome and checks are to be made payable to the animal rescue group of your choice for medical needs.

Proceeds will benefit four non-profits dedicated to animal rescue, protection, and placement:

American Eskimo Rescue of St. Louis
Companions Forever Rescue
Open Door Animal Sanctuary
Stray Rescue of St. Louis

For more information or to purchase tickets call Mary at Mary’s Pet Grooming at 314-481-4466
(9 a.m. to 5 p.m.); 314-853-4406 (6 p.m. to 10 .m.) or visit – tickets will also be available for purchase at the door.

Event Sponsors:
The Grits
Mary’s Pet Grooming
Plus the businesses and pet-loving neighbors throughout the City of St. Louis.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Hudson's Favorite Dog Friendly Restaurants

This is my top pick of St. Louis Restaurants that allow dogs to eat with their families outside

1.) Atlas Restaurant 5513 Pershing Avenue 63112 Open: Tues-Sat from 5:30-10 p.m. Simple yet sophisticated fare at reasonable prices. They have wine by the glass or patrons are welcome to bring their favorite wine, subject to a corkage fee.
2.) Bar Italia 13 Maryland Plaza 63108 Open :Tues-Thur 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Fri/Sat/Sun 11 a.m.-11 p.m. You can not eat outside in their enclosed seating area but at any of the tables on the sidewalk with your well behaved dogs.
3.) Blueberry Hill 6504 Delmar Blvd. 63130 Open: 7 days a week from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. with a late night menu available after 9 p.m. This is a St. Louis landmark restaurant in the loop along the St. Louis Walk of Fame stars. The restaurant is filled with pop culture memorabilia and has a fun and enjoyable menu. Outside seating available for dogs and their families.
4.) Boathouse Restaurant in Forest Park 6101 Government Drive Open: everyday, all day Mon-Sat 11a.m.-3p.m.for lunch, Tues-Sun starting at 3p.m. Sun 10-3 brunch. This is Hudson's Top Pick not only for being the friendliest dog restaurant by even having dog biscuits available for us dogs as well as fought for St. Louis to be the first city in Missouri to allow dogs at the outside seating at restaurants. Amazing service, great menu and unbelievable beautiful setting right on the lagoon with paddle boats available to rent.
5.) Brandt's Restaurant 6525 Delmar 63130 Open: They have a fabulous breakfast buffet with a Bloody Mary bar on Sat. from 9 a.m.-11 a.m. and Sun. from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Another fabulous restaurant located in Delmar loop. It is an acclaimed global-fusion restaurant that has been around for 20 years.
6.) Coffee Cartel 2 Maryland Plaza 63108 Open: 24 hours 7 days a week This little gem has it all from coffee to ice cream and even breakfast food and sandwiches. It is a full service restaurant who loves to have dogs and their owners enjoy their outside dining. They have a water bowl by their hose outside for us dogs.
7.) Culpeppers 300 N. Euclid Avenue 63108 Open: 11 a.m.-midnight They are known for their amazing chicken wings, burgers and salads. Their menu offers just about anything your taste buds are craving. Dog bowls are a plenty at this restaurant and they need it as they are always busy.
8.) Cupcakery 28 South Maryland Plaza 63108 Open: 9:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. This is a most check out establishment. It has the best cupcakes in town as far as I'm concerned. They sell single serving desserts and drinks. Their cupcakes are so moist & rich but just as importantly reasonable at $3.02 with tax. Beats the heck out of their competitor's prices and twice as moist. They are so dog friendly you can even have them dine inside with you. Some dog groups have had their meetings there as well. All you dog lovers have to check out this place.
9.) Downtown Cantina and Brick Oven Cafe 901 Pine Street 63101 Open: Mon-Fri. 11-9 Sat 5-9 or later This menu is to die for with about anything you might be craving. They are just a few blocks from the convention center and the Edwards Jones Dome as well as Busch Stadium and Scott Trade Center. They have an extensive delicious menu. They are extremely dog friendly and love to cater to the 60 plus dogs that live in the two apartment complexes by them. The owner is super friendly and loves her Yappy Hour with the dogs around town and their owners.
10.) Drunken Fish 1 Maryland Plaza 63108 Open: Mon-Fri 11-2 and 5 starts dinner This is an award winning sushi & martini restaurant that has incredible Japanese cuisine. They have over 30 original drinks and the manager is so accommodating to their patrons. If its your first time there they even give you a complimentary drink and the manager introduces himself to your table.
11.) Graham's Grill and Bayou Bar 612 W. Woodbine Ave. 63122 Open: Mon-Thurs 11 a.m.-11p.m. Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-midnight and Sun 11a.m.-9 p.m. This is the oldest beach bar and grill that specializes in Cajun, seafood and southern cuisine. The atmosphere is fabulous and the staff is very friendly.A large part of the outdoor seating is under palm trees. Quite a treat in so many ways.
12.) Kaldi's Coffeehouse 17211 Chesterfield Airport Road 63005 Open: Mon-Sat 6 a.m.-10 p.m. and Sun 7 a.m.-9 p.m. This is a wonderful place to bring your family that serves sandwiches, soups, salads and has a quiche and pizza of the day. An extensive bakery case also. They love dogs to bring their families over to enjoy outside dining.
13.) Luvy Duvy's Cafe 2321 Arsenal Open: Mon-Fri 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
14.) Riddles Penultimate Cafe and Wine Bar 6307 Delmar Blvd. 63130 Open: Tues-Thurs 5 p.m.-11 p.m. Fri/Sat 5 p.m.-midnight and Sun 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Another most check out restaurant at The Loop. This is an independent owner-operated restaurant where excellent food is their foremost concern.

Central West End and The Loop are dog friendly in general and have a large variety of restaurants for dogs and their families to enjoy outside dining. Most of the restaurants have water bowls available for the dogs. Keep in mind that if your dog isn't well mannered or friendly around other dogs kindly do not bring them to dog friendly outside restaurants. Make sure your dog has taken care of his business before you bring him along.Another place that is a most go to is Tropical Moose Snow cone stand at the Kirkwood Farmers Market that offers a liver flavor snow cone for dogs for 50 cents that is beyond delicious. I would even rank it better than cat turds and you know how I feel about cat turds. The human flavors are amazing as well and they have a great area to eat at and other outside restaurants right in the market that are Divine. I also highly recommends Dairy Queen fast food restaurants as they give free cups of ice cream with a dog biscuit in it anytime I've gone with my parents through the drive up.Of course you have to tell them your dog is along. Also most of Quizno's will bring a table outside for you to have dinner with your dog at their places. I encourage you to name and rate (giving me descriptions) of any other restaurants in St. Louis that cater to dogs and their families in the comment section below this post. Let's pool our resources on this one. Here's to dining with your families around town.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Wonderful Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser this Saturday

This Saturday October 26 from 4:30-7:00 p.m. at St. Ann Community Center 1 Community Center, St. Ann, Missouri is a wonderful spaghetti dinner fundraiser. The dinner will include spaghetti, a salad, roll, dessert and a drink for a small cost. Adults cost $10.00 and kids ( 6-12 years old) cost $5.00. Children under 5 are free and seniors meals are $8.00. All the proceeds from this dinner will benefit the Rescued Racer organization and their greyhounds and help take care of their medical needs. They are the only greyhound rescue group in the United States who will accept all greyhounds. They have an open-door policy which includes senior, injured or ill greyhounds. They have never turned away a greyhound since they opened their doors. They believe special needs and senior greyhounds deserve a home just as much as healthy ones and go out of their way to find all their dogs wonderful and loving homes. Down at our lake house we had great neighbors with two adopted greyhounds who have since moved away. I loved playing with their greyhounds and they were so beautiful and sweet. One was very shy but sweet. I hope you can all join them for dinner as they have a great organization. You can check out their website at for more information about them and this fabulous event on Saturday. If you would like to help them by fostering one of their dogs or would like to learn more about their foster care program you can email their foster coordinator at

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

The Animal Rescue Site is having trouble
getting enough people to click on it daily to meet
their quota of getting free food donated every day to abused and
neglected animals.

It takes less than a minute (How about 20 seconds) to
go to their site and click on the purple box 'fund food for
animals' for free. This doesn't cost you a thing. Their corporate
sponsors/advertisers use the number of daily visits to donate food to
abandoned/neglected animals in exchange for advertising.
Here's the web site! Pass it along to people you know.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Holiday Happenings this Saturday

The St. Charles Humane Society this Saturday, October 25, 2008 from 10-3 are having a Holiday Happenings Event at Harvest Ridge Elementary school in St. Charles. It is a craft fair with the proceeds going to the St. Charles Humane Society. They are the only no kill facility in St. Charles.They have booths with Mary Kay, Creative Memories, Longaberger baskets, Tupperware,tons of pet toys and beds, Discovery Toys and Thirty One Purses and Tastefully Simple and many more. They have 48 booths. If you'd like more information call Kim at (636) 795-1754 or go to have a fabulous website. If you'd like your pets picture with Santa then call (636) 949-9918 for an appointment but they will accept walk ins.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Questions To Ask Yourself When Deciding On Purchasing a dog

First of all you need to sit down with every member of your family and ask these questions of each other. Have everyone first write down their answers without anyone else seeing them and then discuss them as a group. Here are the five questions you need to answer before buying a dog in my opinion.

Hudson's Five Questions Every Family Should Ask Themselves Before Buying A Dog

***Name 5 reasons you want a dog then list them in order of what's the most important to you.***

***Name 5 reasons you think a dog would fit into your life***
***Name 5 things that would annoy you about having a dog become a part of your family***

***Name how much time you can devote to a dog per day***

***Name how much money you are willing to spend on a dog***

Other things to consider when buying a dog is if you have a fenced in yard and how high the fence is when selecting your type of dog. If you select a dog who can jump over a shorter fence easy then this will be a problem.I have known many dogs who are crated all day and I know people think that's okay but I think it is cruel to purchase a dog just to crate it all day long while you are gone. A dog needs to be treated kindly and not like a trophy that only gets taken off the shelf to entertain you.If you have to crate a dog 5 hours or more a day then maybe you shouldn't buy one. It's just my opinion and I'm Kind Of A Big Deal but who am I to tell you what us canines want. It is very important that you don't choose a dog just because it is cute or it is free or a great price. It is so important to find a dog that fits into your lifestyle and that you have the time for.We need your love and should not be brought into your home unless you have the time, money and energy for us. It's the simple things that make a difference with purchasing a dog for your family. If you love to jog and want your dog to jog with you then you need to find a dog who loves to run. Some breeds don't want to jog everyday with you although most of us LOVE to take a daily walk with our family. You don't want to select a dog who is hyper if you have a sedentary lifestyle and you don't want to play with a dog who is on the move constantly. If dog hair everywhere bugs you then you can find dogs who don't shed as much. In selecting a dog you will have to compromise before you buy one on some issues though I assure you.You can't have it all, that is why it is important to rate the reasons in order and determine what you want the most. You might have to say who cares about dog hair all over as this type of dog is perfect for our family. Even when you narrow down your search you will still have to realize it takes a tremendous amount of time and love to have a dog join your family. I suggest one family member takes a week off work minimum to be devoted to training the dog when you first bring it home. This will be worth its weight in gold in the long run. If you can wait to adopt a dog when the family can devote a large amount of energy to it this is even better. I will give you some great dog training tips coming up shortly.Remember the love we give you back is 10 folds if you open your heart and home to us. Honestly I don't know what my family did for entertainment before I came along. Talk to any dog owner and they will start bragging about their dog more than their children half the time. Remember never purchase a dog from a pet store as 98% of them are from puppy mills. Go to your local shelter or call a rescue group. A great paper to get free dog information and the names of tons of local rescue groups in St. Louis is called St. Louie Tails magazine or you can ask your vet. Please consider buying an older dog from a shelter as they can offer so much love and be so much cheaper in the long run for you. You don't have all the shots, neutering or spaying cost and vet visits that you do with a puppy. If your thinking about having a dog be a part of your family go to your local library and start researching dogs.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Soldier wants to bring puppy back home

A soldier who saved the life of a young puppy in Iraq and expected to bring him back home with her could not be allowed to take her dog when she comes home. Sgt. Gwen Beberg befriended puppy Ratchet while serving in Iraq, and sent regular dispatches to her home in Minneapolis charting the dog's process, with 100s of fans tuning in on Facebook to follow the pup's life. When the military started to burn a large trash pile they heard yelping coming from the pile. She was handed the dog out of the burning pile of trash in Iraq.But the U.S. military takes a strict line with soldiers befriending animals, and confiscated Ratchet as Sgt. Beberg prepared to fly home from Baghdad Airport at the weekend. The practice forces the military to be the bad guy. According to General Order 1A, a broad set of prohibitions for service members stationed under the Pentagon's Central Command, which includes the Middle East, service members are prohibited from "adopting as pets or mascots, caring for, or feeding any type of domestic or wild animal." The reasons range from obvious health concerns to the dangers of forming a bond with an undisciplined animal in a war zone to possible conflict with local residents.I'm sure their safety of their soldiers are important and the Army is concerned about diseases dogs could carry back with them but I hope they can work something out here. I can also understand how soldiers having dogs could compremise their positions and put other soldiers life at risk. A dog in the middle of a war zone is a cruel place for the animal to live at best. I can also see how this soldier feel in love with this dog and wants to bring her home. Now animal charity Operation Baghdad Pups, which has the motto 'No buddy gets left behind', is pleading with the U.S. Army to allow Ratchet to fly out of the country. Sgt. Beberg's mother Patricia said: 'This year has been extremely difficult on my daughter and her family. It has been a year of disappointments, loneliness, and fear because of all the sacrifices Gwen has done for her country. I don't know how my daughter will cope. Ratchet has been her lifeline.' Sgt. Beberg is also under military investigation for befriending the dog that saved her life. A close friend of Sgt Beberg said: 'It hasn't been easy for her - and the puppy she saved has been one of the few things that has kept her going. She's shared pictures of him as he grew from a frightened ball of fur to an adorable young dog. Gwen with 'lifeline' Ratchet in Iraq She's kept us up-to-date on his travel schedule, and badgered us into contributing money to bring him home. Soldiers can face immediate court-marshal for befriending animals.'It was so close... Ratchet was on his way to the airport.One soldier wrote to Baghdad Pups: 'I have sacrificed a lot to serve my country. All that I ask in return is to be allowed to bring home the incredible dog that wandered into my life here in Iraq and prevented me from becoming terribly callous towards life.' The charity Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals International has joined Baghdad Pups in asking the U.S. Army to show clemency to Ratchet, and allow the dog to return to Gwen's parents in Minneapolis and friends of Gwen have launched a campaign to get American senators to intervene. Ratchet as a puppy: An international campaign has now been set up to save the Army's policy. This story has made headlines international and hasn't been resolved yet. If your curious google it on your internet for updated information on this story.I'm sure the Army and Gwen will work this out and Ratchet will find his way to the USA.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Howl & Yowl (October 11th-12th)

This dog event rates in the top ten in St. Louis and a must event to attend. Take it from me you don't want to miss this one.This is the DOG EVENT you don't want to miss. Pets and their families are welcome to come from 11 am until 5 pm this Saturday and Sunday at 739 Weidman Road. This is located and sponsored by Country Acres Rescue which is located 1 mile north of Queeny Park in Manchester. They will have pet costume contest with prizes, face painters, clown, caricaturist, adoption booth, vendor booths, balloon art, wonderful carnival games, scarecrow corner and marshmallow roast. They will have live music by Tim Session and Emily and Ali from 1-3. They will be special guest appearances by Fred Bird and Star Wars Legions. Country Acres Rescue is a 501(c)(3) non profit, St. Louis based organization who's primary concern lies with the over population and unnecessary suffering of domestic animals in our community. They are dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, socialization and placement of homeless, abandoned, and abused/neglected cats, dogs, kittens, and puppies. They are committed to promoting better care and understanding of animals through education with an emphasis on the importance of spaying and neutering. Country Acre Rescue does not euthanize, unless a serious medical behavioral problem exists. This is a fabulous rescue to support and a wonderful fun event for the entire family to attend. For more information call (636) 227-1919 or go to their website

Sunday, October 5, 2008

18th Annual Canine Carnival

What an incredible fun day we had at the 18th Annual Canine Carnival at Tilles Park. Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. then the carnival kicked off promptly at 10:00 with the coronation of the Carnival King and Queen and the games and activities began. Carol House Furniture Pooch parade started at 10:15 and was led by Jennifer Blome from KSDK. At 10:30 was APA Adoptable Dogs on stage but this was our first year there and we didn't arrive until about 10:30 so we missed these fabulous events. As a new comer we didn't see the main booth you were suppose to register at when you arrived until we were leaving. I think quite a few people got confused with this as numerous people were saying they didn't see it either until they were leaving. It was jammed pack by the time we arrived with every kind of friendly dog imaginable having a blast meeting other dogs and spending time with their families. We met so many different types of dogs and their owners. We checked out all the booths at first then made our way back to the games. They had tons of games for dogs we could play for a $1.00 a ticket that had to be bought at a booth. We played several games, meet a ton of other dogs ( this is Big Moe and me) and their
owners and just had a blast mingling with everyone there. I even got to show off my Frisbee skills a little while we were there. They had contest throughout the day for Best trick, best kisser, best barker/singer and best costume by a dog. My suggestion is come early so you have an easier time parking. I have to admit it was fun walking with my owners all over first as we parked really far away. The games dogs could play were cheese ball toss, kitty couldn't come, the maze, hat trick, hide and find, beggin strip lucky puppy, spoonful of fun and T-bone steak wall were just some of my favorite ones. They also had people doing pet portraits, sketch artist who would sketch your dogs and a huge kids area of games and crafts. The Animal Protective Association of Missouri sponsored the event and is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to bringing people and pets together, advancing humane education and creating programs beneficial to the human/animal bond. I had an absolute blast and would highly recommend this event to other canines and their families.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Canine Carnival on Sunday, October 5, 2008

You don't want to miss the APA of Missouri's 18th Annual Canine Carnival at Tilles Park in Ladue. They have games for dogs, special dog contests, lots of children activites, pooch parade and so much more. It is from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. and admission is free. This is the APA biggest fundraiser of the year. Pets will be available for adoption and you can visit plenty of vendors booths. Kids will enjoy their own carnival games, activities and crafts. It is located at TIlles Park which is on the corner of McKnight and Litzinger. If your coming from Hwy. 270 go east on Manchester to McKnight and go left and on the corner of LItzinger and McKnight you will see the park. If you want any further information or would like to volunteer that day call Stephanie at (314) 645-4610 at ext. 122. Hope to see you there. I'll bring my business cards for my blog as you know I'm kind of a big deal....Love ya, Hudson

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Did you know St. Louis was the first Missouri city to

Bet you didn't know St. Louis was the first Missouri city to let dogs in outdoor restaurants. On Friday, July 17, 2007 St. Louis became the first Missouri city that now allows a local option for dogs to go dining with their owners. Dogs found their advocate in Alderwomen Lyda Krewson, who pushed for a city ordinance that allows dogs to dine with their owners at outdoor restaurants. Lawmakers passed this provision which was part of the Senate Bill 22 and Governor Blunt signed it. The state law applies to dogs, cats and any other domestic animal that would not under normal circumstances need a cage. Obviously this would not include pet gerbils, hamsters, birds, fish or even turtles. This new ordinance allows any well behaved dog the opportunity to enjoy going to an outdoor restaurant with their families for dinner. Stay tuned because I will be blogging very shortly on my Favorite Top Ten Dog Friendly Restaurants in St. Louis. I already talked about The Boathouse in Forest Park which is exceptionally dog friendly. I highly recommend this restaurant as the food is fabulous, the view is spectacular and the staff is super friendly.

Friday, September 12, 2008


I just found out about a fabulous organization that helps my fellow canines who are homeless, lost or the last. C.A.R.E. stands for the coalition for animal rescue and education. Their organization provides rescue services, shelter facilities, medical care and helps to adopt these animals to loving homes. Their goal is to eliminate the endless cycle of pet overpopulation and neglect of animals by creating public awareness. They work deligently with animal rescues, spay and neutering programs and community education. They are a not -for-profit organization 501c(3) located in Washington County in Missouri that is on 155 acres. They are a no-kill shelter who accepts animal rescued and their animals can be adopted through their website at . You can view their pets on this site. They adopt their pets in St. Louis through Petsmart at Manchester Meadows shopping center. They have a high rate of adoption. They also encourage people to call them at (636) 208-6267 to set up an appointment to come out and see their animals for adoption. If you are considering a pet for your home this is a fabulous place to call. Here's to adding a wonderful pet to your home through C.A.R.E.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

The Boathouse in Forest Park

Last night the fam and I went to the Boathouse for dinner and had a wonderful time. If any of you haven't been there it is very canine friendly. They have a big sign at the entrance saying dogs welcome and the minute you walk through a gate to their restaurant they have water bowls and a tin of dog treats on your left. How's that for service my brothers and sisters in the canine world. We sat outside overlooking a beautiful lagoon full of ducks and heron. We met a beautiful King Charles Cavalier Spaniel who was sitting to our right with her folks and a cute little yappy York terrier a table away. The fam gave me some delicious table scraps and raved about their food. They even had Fitz's root beer floats which I can only assume was outstanding by the way my fam devoured them. Anyone can rent paddle boats and paddle all over the lagoon which people did the entire time we ate. Lots of families even took their dogs on the boat with them. The prices were great and the service was fantastic so I highly recommend this place for canines and their families. We had fabulous weather and the trees around the lagoon were spectacular. One weeping willow tree to the far left is so calming. Then we took a walk around forest park. It is just stunning as always and this wasn't the first time in the park for me. I've been around the block a time or two. If anyone has any other suggestions on most go to dog friendly places let us know in the comment section here. I will feature shortly my favorite restaurants around St. Louis and places to go.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Fostering for Pet Adoption

As if my family wasn't busy enough they decide to start fostering animals for the Pet Adoption Center on Mid Rivers Drive. Was I not entertainment enough for them. I'm just not getting it. Anyway what they do is help raise the animals until they are old enough to adopt them out to families.Some of these animals were found without their mothers etc... Some of the kittens didn't even have their eyes open yet and "Mom" had to wake up every three hours around the clock to feed the babies. The Pet Adoption Center has a wonderful program and program director "Katie" who helps you through everything. I have to admit I had a blast with each one of the animals we fostered.Our families goal was to make them the most lovable pets they could. They always brought them around lots of their friends and family and other animals. Every one of them would drive me insane wanting to play 24/7 and acting like I was their mother biting and sucking all over me. I put up with it and generously shared all my toys and bed with every single one of them. It was hard to let them go and we checked on them every other day until they were adopted out. "Mom" says our babies were the friendliest and going to make the best pets for their new families. We took pride in the fact that we never lost a baby we fostered and they were all adopted out of the Pet Adoption Center within a week of us returning them. It was a great way for our family to see what type of animals they loved. I highly encourage anyone to foster for their local animal shelter as it is so fun to do. IF you don't want a permanent pet it is a great way to enjoy an animal for a short time. It's a great way to also teach your children about compassion. Here's to volunteering and fostering at your local shelter.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Hudson's Top Ten List of Things He Hates

10. Belts ( I go spastic over them)
9. Guns (fake or real)
8. Puppy Mills
7. Bubble Wrap
6. Being crated all day
5. Not sleeping in bed with one of my family members every night
4. Pet Stores (98% of dogs they get come from Puppy Mills)
3. Dressing me up in ridiculous dog outfits
2. Buying a dog off the Internet(except through a rescue group site)
1. A day without my Frisbee time (a worthless day in my life)