This is our dog. He's a rescue. He was found tied to a dumpster, emaciated and suffering from a skin disease which the shelter believed was caused by his being crated his entire life.
It was estimated that he was a little over a year old.
We adopted Doofus-dawg on November 28, 2004 which is also the day we celebrate his birthday and -- although, he is the reason why we continue to use child locks on the cabinet that stores the trash bin -- he is an absolute sweetheart of a dog and considers himself an important member of our family.
- A week of shelter dog episodes, including the brand new "Carolina Picks a Lily" airing Monday October 3, 2011 on PBS KIDS (check local listings).
- A special "Helping Animals" section on the Martha Speaks website where families can find resources and information about supporting animal shelters, understanding and caring for pets, and responsible pet adoption. Visit the page at http://www.pbs.org/parents/martha/helpinganimals/index.html.
- Opportunities for families that have adopted a shelter animal to share their story on the Martha Speaks Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/pbsmarthaspeaks.
We love our Doofus-Dawg and, if you are making that GIANT leap in deciding your family is ready, willing and able to look past the mess (see picture/story above) I really do hope you consider adopting a shelter animal, too.
Oh, and Doofus-Dawg says, "Can I Haz Some?!?"
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Disclosure: No payment was received for this blog post. Although, I am a PBS Kids THIRTEEN Parent, every pet we've ever adopted, growing up and raising my own family, has been a shelter animal and I took it upon myself to share information about this program.