Saturday, December 31, 2011

Health Tip: Chicken Jerky Made in China Making Dogs Sick

There used to be a little jingle for Libby's foods that went: Read the label and set...a better table!

So true, even in pet foods! Check your chicken jerky treats - VERY few are made in the United States.

Reports of illnesses in dogs given chicken jerky treats have spiked dramatically following a new government warning about pet snacks made in China.
The federal Food and Drug Administration has logged at least 353 reports this year of illnesses tied to imported chicken jerky products, also sold as chicken tenders, chicken strips or chicken treats, a spokeswoman said.

Even George Clooney Had a Home Check!

By Emily, executive producer

Posted December 15, 2011 5:03 PM |
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george-clooney-crop.jpgDon't take it personally if you apply to adopt a dog and the shelter or rescue group requires a home visit. Even George Clooney got one.

The actor tells Esquire he adopted his Cocker Spaniel mix, Einstein, from a shelter a year and a half ago.
So I go online and see Einstein. They had a whole film about him. It was actually really sweet. You see him all beat up and [stuff] in the shelter, and they show how they cleaned him up. God, I love this dog. So I called and said, "I like Einstein!"

The woman goes, "Well, we don't know if Einstein will like you."

"Well, can I meet with Einstein?"

"Yes, we'll bring him to your house, but if he doesn't like you, he can't stay. We have to have good homes for these dogs." She sounded very serious. (Read the full article.)
After the jump: Find out how George won Einstein over, plus: A pic of George with his pup.

george-clooney-440.jpgTo ensure the home visit would be a success, Clooney first rubbed his shoes down with turkey meatballs. When the shelter representative got to the door with Einstein, the dog threw himself at Clooney's feet.

"She says, 'I've never seen him react like that, ever!' And she left him with me on the spot," says PEOPLE magazine's two-time Sexiest Man Alive. "And forever, now, he just thinks of me as the guy with meatball feet. He loves me. I can do no wrong. He follows me everywhere."

Hey George, here's a little secret: When you adopt a dog, he'll love you and follow you everywhere, even without the meatball feet.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Health Tip: Clumping Cat Litter - Really Bad for Dogs

Basic information - dogs who eat clumping cat litter can become obstructed.

From the link, signs of obstruction can include:
If your dog is vomiting, reluctant to eat or has a loss of appetite, acting lethargic, or straining to defecate

Some more info on cat litter:

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Thank you for helping BDBH at the holidays!

We have had so many people send us donations for the holidays, getting pet pictures taken, and more. We want to let you know how much it is appreciated. We especially love getting those holiday updates from past fosters!

For those of you who have lost a dog this year, we found this poem.

Christmas Without My Dog

The tree is all trimmed.
The gifts are all wrapped.
The hymns are all sung,
Ant the travel plans mapped.

And still there's a sadness
That lies in your heart,
For a dog that was lost
And a love now apart.

A stocking is missing,
With toys and a treat.
A lap is now empty,
A space at your feet.

Yet remember this season
God's small gift to you,
Wonderful memories
To treasure life through.


Monday, December 19, 2011

Help Us Name Two "T" Boys!

We have a special needs little litter of 2 - our holiday shelter pull. These two little boys will have a Chip In to help with their Puppy Strangles treatment (juvenile cellulitis). Q boy Quincey had this, but his was no where near as bad as what these teeny little guys have.

So does anyone want to name T1 and T2? A $40 donation will name these two little T boys.

Thanks to everyone who has already made our holidays special by helping to decorate our tree (it is looking AMAZING!), getting pictures done with Santa in Rochester and Buffalo and for everyone who helps us by volunteering, donating and supporting our efforts year round.

We appreciate it!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Happy Howliday Tree

Big thanks to all who have already helped BDBH decorate our tree. 
Please share this on Facebook and more below - a share is as good as a donation!
Or to donate: BDBH Paypal
Thank you so much for your support!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

12/17 and 12/18 Pet Pictures at Pet Supplies Plus in Fairport - Proceeds to BDBH!

Thanks to the Pet Supplies Plus in Fairport - our friends there are hosting pictures with SANTA!

Santa Pictures and Dog Kissing Booth
Fairport PSP, 585 Moseley Road
Saturday, December 17, From 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sunday, December 18, From 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
The Pet Supplies "Plus", located at 585 Moseley Road will be 
hosting Santa Pictures and a Dog Kissing Booth on 
Saturday, December 17, 
From 10:00 am - 6:00 pm and 
Sunday, December 18, From 10:00 am - 6:00 pm. 
Get your pet's picture taken with Santa Claus! 
You also get your picture taken with your pet in our kissing booth! 
$5 donation, all proceeds are donated to Big Dogs Big Hearts Rescue. 
Participants receive a physical copy of each picture, 
digital copies will be uploaded to a website.
For more information, contact store at 585-421-3730

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Check our website soon!

For information on pictures with Santa for BDBH and our Happy Howliday Decorate Our Virtual Tree fundraiser!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Thank You

BDBH would like to share our thanks on Thanksgiving Day with all of you. Dogs in their forever homes, sharing a holiday with people who treasure them, fate having smiled upon them and giving them a second change.

Thanks to all the volunteers who take these dogs in and help them find their new homes, who do home checks, application checks, fundraising, transports, website updates, go to events and meet and greets and more. Thanks to their families and their pets for tolerating the time that is spent in all of these worthwhile endeavors.

Thanks to the great vets who help us, and all their staffs. Thanks to people who donate to our fundraisers, to the businesses who help us, and anyone else we have missed we want you to know we are thankful for your help.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Like Our Friend the Doody Master and Help BDBH Get 10 Free Bags of Dog Food!

We talk about it all the time, and now we can like it, and get free food for Big Dogs Big Hearts! Yep, we're talking poop! Once the Doody Master fanpage reaches 1000 fans, they will donate 10 bags of dog food (the 35 lb bags) to Big Dogs Big Hearts! Doody Master is an awesome service and they are so professional. is their facebook page. 
Thanks from the dogs!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

BDBH Picnic!

We were glad to see you, too! 

Thanks to everyone who attended today's 
Reunion Picnic.

We will continue to update blog with photos from the event.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Wow, we helped Hurricane Irene Pets in Albany!

Our two blog posts helped pets nearby!


149 of you  participated in the Write a Post, Help a Dog 2011 Campaign  with Pedigree and Pedigree Foundation earlier this month. It might not have been as big of a turn out as we had hoped as our goal was to raise 10,000lbs of food but we did have to contend with Hurricane Irene blowing through in the middle.
We all know that when faced with something as major as a natural disaster blogging wasn’t necessarily the biggest thing on everyone’s minds that weekend. Still a valiant effort and huge thanks to those who participated because at 20-lbs. per blog post, 2,980-lbs. of new dry recipe Pedigree food will be going to homeless dogs that will make for a lot of full tummies and got the ball rolling on what I am about to tell you.
Pedigree and the Pedigree Foundation were watching the storm as it made landfall going up the East Coast in order to figure out what they could do to help make the biggest impact for those effected. (As a Pedigree Sponsored Blogger to BlogPaws 2011 I was actually sitting next to people from the Pedigree team talking about the Hurricane making landfall and how the animals will be effected and what kinds of supplies might be needed to help.)
After leaving BlogPaws and receiving damage reports from cities all along the East Coast Mars Petcare made the decision that they would like to donate 27,000lbs of dog food to those hardest hit by the Hurricane. After carefully assessing the most pressing needs in the areas affected by the storm, Mars Petcare has determined we can all make the biggest impact by donating the food to RescueBank—a national pet food distribution organization working to get dog food to where it’s needed most in the Albany, New York area.
What that means is it is not too late for you to blog about the Write a Post Help a Dog Campaign and tell your readers and friends about the huge donation of dog food Pedigree will be making to RescueBank in order to reach as many homeless dogs in  local shelters as possible.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Big Dogs Big Hearts Rescue Writes a Post, Helps a Dog

All the dogs at BDBH want to join in to say thanks to the Pedigree Foundation for helping dogs in need. Pass it on!

How you can help in 2011
Simply spread the word about Write a Post, Help a Dog 2011 and once again Pedigree will donate 20 pounds of food for each blog post.  If you don’t have a blog feel free to tweet about the campaign or share on Facebook so your friends who do blog can participate. All bloggers are welcome even if you do not generally talk about pets on your blog. Its all about using Social Media for Social Good.
Here’s how it works:
  • The Write a Post, Help a Dog program is aimed at raising awareness of the more then 4 million dogs that wind up in shelters and breed rescues each year. As well as to help get them all food (our goal is 10,000 lbs of food in the next two weeks) for the more than four million dogs that wind up in shelters and breed rescues each year.
  • For each blog post mentioning the Pedigree Foundation from now until midnight ET on September 3, Pedigree will donate 20 pounds of its new dry Pedigree recipe food for dogs — its best recipe ever — to a shelter, because every dog deserves leading nutrition.
  • Feel free to mae your post more visually appealing by using either or both of the two images seen in this post.
  • The Pedigree Foundation — a 501 (C)(3) nonprofit organization is committed to helping dogs by providing grants to shelters and rescues and encouraging dog adoption. This year the Foundation has already raised more than $376,570 against its goal of $1.5 million to carry out its work to fund grants that not only help shelters operate, but to further shelter innovations.
The Pedigree Foundation depends on charitable contributions from individuals to carry out its mission to help dogs find loving homes. In addition to writing a blog post, here’s how you can help:
 Please spread the word about this program - other bloggers have until 9/3 to post on their blogs. 

Monday, August 29, 2011

Huge Thank You!

We have raised the $1600 for the heartworm treatment of Dena, Darson, Keena and Mila! This is an unbelievable amount of support from all of you.

Thanks to everyone who has been donating, forwarding, and thinking of these dogs. We truly appreciate it.  The names of all of those who made donations are on the right.  We wish we could personally thank everyone who has supported us, and these dogs, throughout their treatment.  Whether that support was care and concern, or a donation, every single one of you has made a difference.

Dena, Darson and Mila have completed all of their injections and are at varying stages of the one month post injection quiet. Keena will be starting, as enough Immiticide was available for her treatment to be started and completed.

Riot has also begun his treatment and more news on Harley as it develops! 

Also some good news on the heartworm front: Anna (formerly known as Nova) has been tested a third time and is negative!

Again, we thank you so much.  Please tell people about the importance of heartworm prevention (preferably) and treatment (if necessary)! And of course you can follow Mila's treatment at her blog.

Feel free to use these materials.