Rescue Ron!

Ron will love you forever and wants to be your best friend.  He’s also a super, duper cuddle buddy!

Ron is a Retriever mix (Chocolate Lab/Chesapeake Bay) rescued by JR’s Pups ‘n Stuff.  They believe he is anywhere from 1-2 years old, but his fosters say he has a much older soul due to his laid-back personality and the gray “beard” he has.  He weighs around 40 pounds and has been neutered, vaccinated, micro-chipped and is housebroken.

Ron arrived to his foster home in the middle of August.  Prior to his arrival, all that was known about him was that he was picked up as a stray in Missouri and was very close to being euthanized after testing positive for heartworm until his fosters committed to take him in!  Before arriving to Wisconsin, Ron was treated for his heartworm and because of it was on a very strict exercise routine for 4-6 weeks post-treatment.  In late September, he completed his heartworm treatment and oral meds and was given the okay to begin exercising.  He now is on a monthly heartworm, flea and tick preventative.  As for exercise, he has been taken on several walks around the neighborhood and does very well on the leash.  Doesn’t pull too often, unless he sees a rabbit!  He gets very easily distracted and excited when a rabbit enters his sight!  Keep that in mind when taking him outside to go potty.  He also gets spurts of energy (when not cuddling) to play fetch, but he doesn’t quite understand that he has to return the toy and not just sit and chew on it!

The couple who is currently fostering Ron have a Yellow Lab (Cooper) of their own who is three years old and 90 pounds.  They get along great.  They have had only a couple little spats since his arrival but what siblings don’t fight now and again?!  Cooper is being a very good big brother in showing manners and discipline and Ron is picking up on this slowly…  Ron has learned ‘Sit’.  Other commands such as ‘Stay’, ‘(Lay) Down’ and ‘Come’ are a work in progress.  He loves being next to you, so he does come when called but not sure if that is because he can’t be too far away or that he does understand the command.  Again, work in progress but he seems to be a quick learner.

Ron has stolen the heart of his fosters.  He is a sweet, happy and relaxed pup.  He loves attention, he loves being pet and he loves being around you.  He is not very big, so he makes for a great cuddle companion whether on the couch, in bed or on the floor.  He also has the most calm and serene personality.  Over Labor Day Weekend, he was around five kids (all ten years and younger) and three different dogs; a St. Bernard, Yorkie Poo and a Yellow Lab.  All he wanted to do was lay at your feet and observe.  We feel he would do very well in a home that had kids and other dogs or in a household with no kids or other dogs, either way.  (He has not been around kittens or cats, so his fosters are unsure how well he would do with them.)  Everyone who meets him is amazed how chill and sweet he is.  His fosters do a fair amount of driving and Ron loves car rides and does very well in the car.  They have had no issues or concerns during car rides.


Ron is listed as a Special Needs dog for a couple of reasons.  First, when he entered his foster home his foster parents noticed an occasional limp in his hind rear leg.  He was taken to the vet for X-rays and they showed he had a broken leg that probably happened a couple months prior to him coming to Wisconsin.  The vet was amazed with how well it has healed on his own and that he is no pain nor does not hinder his daily activities.  The limp is more visible after he gets up from sitting or lying for long periods of time and occasionally when he decides to run.  When taking him for walks, you don’t even notice it.  He also greets his foster mom everyday after work and jumps to give her a hug.  He literally will “walk” on his hind legs to greet her and there are no issues or whimpers of pain or discomfort because of his leg.  We hope that no one holds this against him because it truly does not deter his everyday activities.

Secondly, he appears to suffer from separation anxiety.  The shelter who rescued Ron was informed that for a period of time (don’t know how long) he was kept in a closet due to lack of space.  So can you blame him for not wanting to be away from you or being behind closed doors?!  However, his foster parents have seen improvements and continue to work with him daily.  He is kenneled most of the day while they are at work.  They can tell being in a kennel is not his favorite thing in the world but he does well.  He does better in airline crates over wire crates because they contain him better and he doesn’t hurt himself trying to get out.  But again, they have noticed improvements with this issue and they continue to make sure his daily routine when leaving him in the kennel is the same.  They also use calming treats to help with his stress and anxiety and are working on other methods to reinforce for him that the kennel is a safe place to be.  Outside of the kennel, when they are at home and at night when he has free reign of the house, there are zero issues.

Overall, Ron is a wonderful sweet dog who will make any individual or family very happy.  Regardless of his “special needs” his fosters are able to look beyond those and see a great dog who will be loyal, faithful and love you no matter what.  We hope that his furever family will do the same and love him for who he is and what he can offer as a companion and have the patience to work with him.  Since there is so little known of his past (but they don’t believe it was a loving one), his fosters are amazed on how loving and resilient Ron is and truly admire his personality.

For more information about Ron or to inquire about adopting him, contact JR’s Pups ‘n Stuff at:  All of their dogs available for adoption can also be found on Petfinder.

For more information about what JRs Pups ‘n Stuff provides as an organization or if you are interested in volunteering or becoming a foster, visit them at the following:



New Children’s Book Uses Dog’s Tail to Teach Lesson

8-year-old author acquaints readers with her experiences in second grade

A Dog’s Tail Will Not Wag (published by AuthorHouse) by Sofia Rose Musacchia is an enchanting, beautifully-illustrated children’s book about a dog named Max who has a problem with his tail. Filled with the exuberance and sense of wonder of its 8-year-old author and illustrator, this book is sure to entertain.

 Max is a Husky. He feels sad, left out of his friends’ activities because his tail will not wag. His friends make fun of him, and so Max goes on an adventure to seek out a friendly wizard.  He hopes the wizard can help him make his tail wag.

The wizard first tries a special machine, but the machine doesn’t work. It just makes Max’s tail tingle and feel funny.  Ashamed, Max tries to hide as a different kind of dog, and eventually ends up in the forest.  A friendly bear leads him out, and Max goes back to the wizard. Just because the first time didn’t work doesn’t mean he wants to give up.

The wizard next tries a magic potion – and this time it works! Max returns to his friends, no longer the butt of their jokes.

Young readers will empathize with Max’s story, as all children feel left out or made fun of at some point in their lives. Through the wonderful example of proactive action that A Dog’s Tail Will Not Wag provides, children can learn that they can control their own fates.

About the Author

Sofia Rose Musacchia is an 8 year old girl currently living in New York City with her parents and younger brother. Sofia has a love for writing and drawing and a passion for dogs.

AuthorHouse, an Author Solutions, Inc. self-publishing imprint, is a leading provider of book publishing, marketing, and bookselling services for authors around the globe and offers the industry’s only suite of Hollywood book-to-film services. Committed to providing the highest level of customer service, AuthorHouse assigns each author personal publishing and marketing consultants who provide guidance throughout the process. Headquartered in Bloomington, Indiana, AuthorHouse will celebrate 15 years of service to authors in Sept. 2011.For more information or to publish a book visit or call 1-888-519-5121. For the latest, follow @authorhouse on Twitter.

Autumn Marks Busy Kitten Season for Local Pet Shelters

Humane Society for Shelter Pets Encourages Americans to Help Overcrowded Shelters Find Their Kittens Forever Homes

Today the Humane Society for Shelter Pets (HSSP) encourages residents to help their local pet shelters alleviate the strain of autumn’s kitten season by adopting, volunteering their time, or donating resources to rescues and humane societies.

In most parts of the United States, kittens are born within a few weeks of tax day in April. They are ready to leave their mothers (if they have them) in June or July. Cats that are not spayed can have another litter in August and those kittens are ready to be adopted in October. This large influx of cats can put excessive strain on local pet groups, who are still working to care for and adopt cats born in April.

“Autumn’s kitten season can be a hectic and stressful period for shelters and rescues in your neighborhood,” said Diana Culp, Director of HSSP. “The Humane Society for Shelter Pets wants to remind Americans to give support at the local level to make the most difference in animal welfare in their communities. Contrary to common perception, national groups like the Humane Society of the United States are unaffiliated with and generally don’t provide much financial support to local groups.”

Below are just a few tips that can help your local shelter weather the stormy kitten season:

  • Goat’s milk can be used to feed babies in a pinch. Call your local shelter to see if they have any newborns in need of this product, then swing by your neighborhood market and pick up a few cartons.
  • Microwavable disks for buffet dining or stadium seating are another helpful item to donate. These handy little items make excellent warmers for kittens. Hungry kittens must be fed very slowly, and if they are not warm, they can’t eat.
  • If you’re already volunteering at a local shelter, offer to write up some personal ads for available kittens or put up some posters with adoption information at local libraries or retail stores.
  • Facebook is another great way to spread the word about adoptable pets. Ask your shelter for photos of kittens and then get creative! By adding written messages or photoshopping kittens into an amazing background, you can help make them stand out from the crowded world of Internet cats!

To find your local shelter and start helping go to

The Humane Society for Shelter Pets is not designed to raise funds for shelters from the public. Instead, the group’s primary mission is to educate the public about the importance of local giving. For more information visit,

Celebrated Etiquette Expert Mary M. Mitchell Appeals to Dog Lovers with New Book “Woofs to the Wise”

Three friends, two human and one canine, learn to communicate effectively through life lessons

 “Woofs to the Wise” delightfully reveals what can happen when a trio of divas confront career challenges, relationship issues, good manners, philosophies of happiness, and even death and find the answers in a charismatic French bulldog’s words of wisdom.

The odyssey begins when Nessa, a Philadelphian, decides to visit her best friend Mary in Seattle. While the two women adore each other, they are markedly different in personality. Long before her visit, Nessa begins peppering last-minute Mary with exasperating questions, leaving Mary’s patience and good humor sorely tested. She turns to her dog, ZsaZsa LaPooch, to speak for her.

Little did they know that their email exchange would take on a life of its own. Two accomplished professional communicators ironically find it easier to talk through a dog than to each other.

Sadly, this journey ends with Nessa’s death, but “Woofs to the Wise” fulfills Mary’s promise to Nessa to finish the book. It’s a book for animal lovers, certainly, but also for those searching for truths to apply to their own lives, along with some good laughs.

Mary M. Mitchell is an internationally respected etiquette expert and the author of nine books, including “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Etiquette.” She currently writes a column for Reuters. She has appeared on many major network talk shows and has a weekly commentary on Comcast network.

Nessa Forman was VP of Corporate Communications for WHYY, the Philadelphia affiliate for PBS and NPR. Prior to that, she was arts editor and critic for “The Philadelphia Bulletin,” where she also was, in her words, “a kickass reporter” who got arts reporting for the first time onto the front page.

ZsaZsa LaPooch is a six-year-old French bulldog. Her staff includes her guardians, Mary Mitchell and Jim Weber. She is known to wear pearls and divides her time between a floating home and an urban apartment in Seattle, Washington.

Profits from the book go to The Philadelphia Foundation for arts education of middle school children.

To book interviews or to request a review copy contact Erin Pankowski at or at 402-884-5995. Please visit for more information on “Woofs to the Wise” and author Mary M. Mitchell.

Published by TMO Press and produced and distributed by Concierge Marketing and Publishing Services, Inc.

Who Needs A Home? Mr. Tibbs Does!

Tibbs is a joyful pup. He only asks for love…. and snuggles…. and some food lol. He likes squeaky toys, bones and tug ropes. He loves fetch! This is great because he has lots of puppy energy. As soon as he has had a few minutes of ball time he settles into a happy day and later wants to snuggle and relax. Tibbs doesn’t bark much at all, he shakes his fanny when he first sees you’re home with whatever toy he finds first. He does great at the dog park loves the run sniff time. If there is a child there he is glued to them and will follow them anywhere he just loves kids. Tibbs lives with 2 big Lab sister dogs and a Chihuahua and get along great. He is totally submissive to them and people. His training is going great, he is completely crate trained and knows sit, stay, down, come, give, and outside. On car rides he is mellow and just lays down, does great walking on leash. Please adopt him soon as my husband has fallen hopelessly in love with him.  🙂  If you are interested in Mr. Tibbs, please send a message to or check out our website at

DOGTV Now Available on Roku

DOGTV, a new streaming channel exclusively for canine viewers, is now available
on the Roku platform.  DOGTV on Roku allows consumers instant access to all of
DOGTV’s programming streamed to their TVs for convenient viewing for dogs when
left home alone.  Available on all Roku streaming players for a $9.99 monthly
subscription, DOGTV has joined Roku’s growing collection of entertainment
channels and is the first channel aimed at non-human viewers.

this past February, DOGTV is also currently available as an on-demand channel in
San Diego where it has been viewed by more than 30 percent of the dog owning
households in the test market.

“The Roku platform is a significant step
toward meeting the growing international demand for DOGTV,” said Gilad Neumann,
CEO of DOGTV.  “While an online streaming service is available for those outside
of the test market, the addition of the Roku service opens the door for a larger
viewing audience to experience this innovative programming for dogs.”

its name suggests, DOGTV is television designed exclusively for dogs.
Scientifically developed, endorsed by pet industry leaders and backed by four
years of clinical research, DOGTV producers spent hundreds of hours to create
content that caters to a dog’s well-being and unique sense of sight, hearing and
movement detection.  Everything from the visuals – the scenery, scenarios, color
palettes and camera angles – to the audio soundtracks were selected with a dog’s
experience in mind.  DOGTV programming is organized into relaxation, stimulation
and exposure segments that provide the right balance for the daily cycle of
stay-at-home pups.

For a limited time, DOGTV is available in San Diego
where it can be found on Time Warner Cable and COX.  In addition to its Roku
channel, DOGTV is also available via an online streaming channel at for $9.99 a month. To access
dog television streaming content and learn more, visit DOGTV at or like tv4dogs on Facebook.
is the leading streaming platform for delivering video, music and casual games
to the TV. Roku launched the first player to stream Netflix to the TV in 2008,
and today streams more than 500 entertainment channels to millions of customers.
For more information, go to

DOGTV is the first programming of its kind for dogs.  This
television channel for dogs is a trusted source of scientifically developed
content for dogs that is endorsed by major research and animal welfare
organizations.  DOGTV programming content is organized into relaxing,
stimulating and exposure segments that provide the right balance for the daily
cycle of stay-at-home pups.  DOGTV’s content is designed for a dog’s visual,
auditory and emotional sensibility. For more, visit

Wisconsin Humane Society Receives $50,000 After Finding Homes For 500 Animals

Wisconsin Humane Society officials announced today that local philanthropist Stan Kass has donated $50,000 to the organization because their Milwaukee and Ozaukee shelters found homes for 500 animals in the month of September.

“We’re inspired by the response we’ve received from the community,” said Anne Reed, WHS’s executive director. “Thanks to Stan’s generosity, we were able to find homes for over 500 animals in just 18 days. We’re so grateful to Stan for the gift he’s given to WHS, and the animals and families whose lives he’s touched through this challenge.”

Beginning on September 4, Kass challenged WHS to find homes for 500 animals before the end of the month. WHS reached their goal one week early.

Visit or to view adoptable animals or learn more.