I believe it, Everybody wants to be the Cadbury Bunny, lol! Dog-gone Doggie!

Jack, the Dog of the Day
Name: Jack
Age: Seven years old
Gender: Male Breed: Lab, Beagle mix
Home: Milford, Michigan, USA
Jack, affectionately known as Jackie Loo, has been my best friend from the minute we met seven years ago. The little four month old puppy was at a pet store rescue adoption event where my mom stumbled upon him while buying guinea pig food. My mom brought the rest of the family out to meet him later that day and I immediately knew that he would be coming home with us. When he was about two years old I moved away to college. Despite only seeing each other for the occasional weekend and holiday, Jack remained my dog. He loved my parents but was always ecstatic to see me and heartbroken when I had to leave again.

Jack has recently come to live with me and I find it incredible how adaptable and happy he is. Together we compete in agility and he is the master of all tricks. Favorites include limping on command, blowing bubbles in water, getting beer from the fridge and riding a skateboard among countless others. He loves to be the center of attention and thinks the world revolves around him. Our future goals include becoming therapy dog certified so we can brighten the lives of people in nursing homes and hospitals.

Jack, the Dog of the Day
Jack, the Dog of the Day

Special Kitty of the Day for April 1

Lily, the Cat of the Day
Name: Lily
Age: One year old
Gender: Female
Kind: Calico
Home: Denver, Colorado, USA
Lily joined our household in November 2011. We lost our sweet eighteen-year-old calico “Cali” last year. When we saw Lily we knew it was time to add her to our household in memory of Cali. She looks a lot like a “Lucky Cat” you see in Asian restaurants, and we are the lucky ones to have found her. She was abandoned in a house with her sister kittens and rescued by a local cat organization. We spotted her in a local pet store chain where she was up for adoption. It was love at first sight.

Lily is petite, fetches, drinks water from faucets, and watches everything we do with great interest. We see that adorable pink nose up close all the time. Lily’s favorite activity is to prance up the staircase with a small plastic yogurt cup in her mouth, then throw it downstairs, over and over. Her vocalizations are various and unique — she meows loudly and frantically while she waits for us to get out of the shower. She says “mmmmm” with a question mark at the end to great us when we enter a room. She also carries on conversations. She has the markings of a calico or tri-color Japanese Bobtail, but as you can see, she has a long tail with a white dot at the end. She is extremely calm and gets along well with two males cats in the household, ages eight and eleven. In fact, she rules!

Dog-gone Doggie of the Day for Feb. 7th

Maddie, the Dog of the Day
Name: Maddie
Age: Thirteen years old
Gender: Female Breed: Wire Fox Terrier
Home: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Maddie, is short for Madeline, but also comes to Maddles, Mad Dog, and Super Maddie. Maddie was rescued from a pet store where she had spent her youth in a wire cage stuffed with other dogs.

Full grown and unsold the store owner had her up for quick sale as he was going to take her back to the “breeder” a.k.a. puppy mill in Lancaster county to a fate unknown if she was not unloaded that week. Wild and aggressive from being in a cage her whole life, I wasn’t sure if I was up for dealing with her, but I knew that with her “quick sale price”, she would surely end up in the pound or somewhere worse.

Against all my beliefs about pet stores and puppy mills I bought her freedom at the price he’d get back from the “breeder”. He wasn’t gonna take a loss and let her go for free. I wrapped her in my arms and brought her home to Alex my beloved Irish setter as his new little sister. He was quite upset at first, and left the room when ever she entered, but soon fell in love with her, even if she did push him around like only a terrier can.

After Alex passed, she was there for me and now goes everywhere I go, we are practically inseparable!

She is my best friend and my co-pilot in life. Since I take her everywhere she gets lots of attention for her good manners and I think she may be the unspoken ambassador for “Good Dogs!!!!” Maddie is also the genesis for a book I co-authored with Kit Feldman called “The Culinary Canine … Great chefs that cook for their dogs.”

I was sitting out at an outdoor cafe with a bit for her and a bite for me when I came up with the idea of wouldn’t it be great if there were restaurants with dog menus? Then talking to a chef he said he cooks for his dogs and it wound up as a book! All because of Maddie!