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We always receive very touching emails from our members. This one, from Pet Realty Network Member Tina Giufre, was especially heartwarming, and thought we should share it with you.

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Hi, Rhona,
You probably know the story of the dog, Yuggi. It turns out my best friend’s mom is Yuggi’s new mom. He couldn’t have found a better home! She treats her pets like she treats her children, as it should be! Below is an email I sent to my friends and family that I thought you’d like to read.
Tina

Tina Guifre

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My friend Thrin’s mother, Lois, had a Weimaraner, Baroness, who died last fall. Baroness had been abused and had a problem with aggression but Lois took her in and rehabilitated her. She turned out to be a nice dog. Obviously, Lois is a big animal lover and has always been a dog person. After her sister, Aunt Retha, died, Lois became a cat person, adopting her sister’s two cats, Snow and Joe. I think Snow’s name is Snowball. She’s beautiful and white. Joe’s a shy, scrappy-looking guy, all black with only three legs – something about an encounter with either a car or a train, I can’t remember. Lois has since taken in a third cat but I can’t remember that story.

Lois spends winters at her house in Naples and summers in Cincinnati, bringing her pets wherever she goes. But in January, she was missing Baroness, so she decided to go to the Naples Humane Society and adopt a dog. She and Thrin walked in and looked at all the poor pups in their cages. Lois paused, looking at a black lab who looked so sad. She said their eyes locked. She just had to have him. After filling out all the forms, she was allowed to take him home.

Then she found out that he was something of a celebrity. The Humane Society people didn’t want her to be swayed by his story, so they didn’t tell her anything about his past until after she adopted him. Read this story: http://www.naplesnews.com/news/2007/Nov/24/abandoned_broken_and_against_odds/

I haven’t met Kodi yet – she changed his name from Yuggi – but I’ve heard he’s a sweetie! I’ll probably meet him this weekend before Lois heads back up to Ohio for the summer. I’m so glad he ended up with her. He will be riding to and from Ohio in a Rolls Royce and will have steak and Frosty Paws treats at his own birthday party each year.

He’s a lucky dog!

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If you are looking for anything pet friendly in Florida, look no further than Orlando where you will find some of the best dog parks and pet friendly real estate agents around.

The Orlando Sentinel agrees. Their recent story, Home is where the Bark is talks about pet friendly real estate options in the Orlando area, and why “pet friendly” is so important to homeowners.

For example, Sherice Ward recently purchased a home in Avalon Park, in very close proximity to Paw Park where she can walk to with Lacy her 3 year old Chocolate Labrador mix.   Ward said she would have never purchased a home in that area, unless it was pet friendly. Dogs are also welcome at outside restaurant tables and town events such as the wine and food festival.  

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Today’s Ft Myers News-Press confirms that pet friendly areas are important elements when it comes to pet owners looking for homes in Southwest Florida.  Dog Parks are being built right into the design of many Southwest Florida Communities. 

“One of the things we found, in doing research for the Bonita Bay Group, is that pets are an integral part of people’s lives, and we always had plans for a dog park,” says Debbie Holm-Sheeley, general manager at Bonita Bay’s Sandoval in Cape Coral, which opened Barkley Park about a year and a half ago in the 3-year-old development. “When we talk to people about purchasing at Sandoval, we find they love the idea of the dog park, so it’s been a good component for us. We also have sidewalks, so people can walk their dogs.”

 Read the full story, and see photos here!

Our congrats go out to Ryan Newman, for winning the historical 50th running of the Daytona 500 yesterday.  Way to go for all of your hard work on the track, and most importantly for all of the work you do for homeless pets! 

If you didn’t already know, Ryan and Krissie Newman are the national spokespeople for the Humane Alliance’s National Spay/Neuter Response Team (NSNRT) and honorary capital campaign co-chairs for the Humane Society of Catawba County.   In July 2007, Humane Society of Catawba County’s Spay/Neuter clinic is being built through a $400,000 donation from the Ryan Newman Foundation.

In addition, 100% of the Ryan Newman Foundation’s portions of the net proceeds from the book, Pit Road Pets: NASCAR Stars and Their Pets, will be donated to the Humane Society of Catawba County’s capital campaign to build a no-kill animal shelter, education center, dog park and regional public low-cost spay/neuter clinic in Hickory, North Carolina.

And to top things off, just before the race this past weekend, NASCAR fans had the opportunity to attend a Live and Silent Auction Event to benefit the Halifax Humane Society, the Ryan Newman Foundation and the Greg Biffle Foundation.  NASCAR fans and memorabilia collectors could bid on over 100 autographed items from  drivers including Jimmie Johnson, Tony Stewart, Dale Earnhardt Jr.  
Proceeds raised from the evening will benefit the Greg Biffle Foundation, the Ryan Newman Foundation and the Halifax Humane Society, three organizations that support improving animal welfare.
 

If you are looking for a place to help socialize and exercise your pet during the long days while you are at work, check out The Dog Resort, just opened in Fort Myers, Florida.   The Dog Resort is a full-service facility for dogs of all sizes and shapes, where grooming services, day care socializing and training, as well as long-term stays are all available for local dog owners. 

Thanks to the News Press for the full story!

Earlier this month, we told you about Part 1 of Dogster’s interview with The Dog Whisperer, Cesar Millan.   Don’t miss Part 2 and Part 3 of this captivating interview on Dogster’s for the love of Dog Blog.   Read the rest of this entry »

A few weeks ago, I wrote about a well-prepared fire department’s use of their pet oxygen masks saving the lives of pets in a fire in Georgia.   

Yesterday, the story about the cat that survived a house fire in New Jersey by hiding in a couch made me finally pick up the phone to call my local Fire Department to ask the question. 

Does my Fire Department have pet oxygen masks?   Read the rest of this entry »

Humane Society Naples reduces adoption fees in honor of homeless pets 

Saturday, August 18th is “National Homeless Animals Day, and The Humane Society Naples is offering 50 percent off on ALL pet adoption fees on Saturday, August 18th and Sunday, August 19th.  Read the rest of this entry »

Here are a couple of updated photos of us this month at bath time.

I love my pool as a matter of fact I’ve been known to fall asleep as you can see and my face tends to go under water.

I hate when that happens!! 

My mom sits next to me on a bucket to make sure I don’t go under.

And then there is Theodore my brother who lays in the grass hoping he does not have to get a bath.

Doesn’t work though!! I always go first!!

Send us your pets summertime photos to molly@petrealtynetwork.com 

In the shadows of the Michael Vick case, The Humane Society of St. Lucie County Florida, recently rescued 29 Pit Bulls from what appeared to be a home used for dogfighting.

Many of these dogs were outgoing, friendly, no docked tails, and no clipped ears, suggesting to both Humane Society officials and police that possibly these dogs were not fighters, but instead used as bait to train the dogs who did fight.  Read the rest of this entry »

Amber is a 14 year old female short hair cat, available for adoption at the Humane Society Naples.  

She loves to be around people and is most comfortable in busy environments. Amber likes to dress up for parties as long as she is the center of attention. She isn’t a lap cat, but does enjoy attention and being petted. Her adoption fee is $35 and includes current vaccinations, sterilization, ID microchip, and 30 days of free pet health insurance.   Read the rest of this entry »

Gwinnett County firefighters used their brand new animal oxygen masks in May 2007, when responding to a fire at the Animal Care Center in Suwanee, Georgia.   Read the rest of this entry »

This is a picture of our office building after Hurricane Wilma in October 2005. 

Thankfully, no pets or people were injured.  But this picture reminds us that we need to do everything possible to be prepared for Hurricane season, and here are a few steps to take to help you do just that. 

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At times nature can be cruel, but there is also a raw beauty and even a certain justice manifested within that cruelty.    

The alligator, one of the oldest and ultimate predators, normally considered the “apex predator”, can still fall victim to implemented ‘team work’ strategy made possible due to the tight knit social structure and ‘survival pack mentality’ bred into canines.  

See the remarkable photograph below, courtesy of Nature Magazine. 

Note that the Alpha dog has a muzzle hold on the gator, while another dog has a hold on the tail, and the third dog attaks the soft underbelly of the gator. 

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Photo Courtesy of Y’Vonne Murray, Pet Realty Network Member in Bonita Springs Florida. 

Thanks to dog lovers in Lee County Florida and about 500 Members of Save Our Off Leash Dog Area (SOODA), Dog Beach in Bonita Springs can stay open, according to Lee County Parks and Recreation and the Couny Commissioner.  Thats good news for dogs!   

For more details, read the full article from the Naples Daily News.

 

This URGENT REPORT comes from a report on Best Friends Network and also from the many E-mails that we have been receiving as friends are trying to spread the word about this situation.  Read the rest of this entry »

Key West Florida has a city law prohibiting more than four domestic animals per household.  But the historic Hemingway house has 50 feline residents.  Read the rest of this entry »

10 acres of pristine land in Bonita Springs is the new home to Providence Equestrian Center, a riding academy with a huge menu of activities including single and group lessons a Pony Club plus miles and miles of trails. 

Instructor and owner Heather Cassase encourages the full riding experience and riders participate in all aspects of riding including grooming and tacking their horse, and hosing down  a hot horse after riding.  She believes this emcompasses complete knowledge and a relationship with the horse. 

This is the only equestrian facility of its kind in Bonita, and a welcome addition for horse lovers! 

The facility is located at 13731 East Terry Street.  For information call 239-289-5042.