Thursday, March 18, 2010


My sweet rescue Oliver the pittie who I found on my front porch back in early October is now ready for his forever home. John Sibley (an animal handler for Best Friends Animal Society) has been taking care of Oliver, teaching him all the manners he needs to make some blessed family very happy. (john has taken Oliver on as a personal/private foster and Oliver is not part of the Best Friends organization). please check out Johns Blog with all the good news on Oliver and his updates. If you think you might be the perfect home for Oliver, you can contact John or myself. We can work out transport anywhere in the country for the right person.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Oliver the pit on the Radio

Bark Radio did an interview with me and John Sibley (Oliver's new foster dad) about Oliver the pit bull.....take a listen.....

oliver radio interview

Monday, January 11, 2010

Neglected Chinese Sharpei Dog with Mange saved from Death

This little girl, number A016657, was in serious trouble, as she was in Wichita City Shelter, KS, which is a high kill shelter.

She was depressed, alone, unloved and in pain. She was scheduled to be put to sleep.

I spotted this poor girl and I couldn't just let it go, i had to do something! I had to try and save number A016657. I called everyone and did everything, I could think of to help her, including putting a photo up on twitter with repeated pleas for help. One of my pleas included the words 'we can help her i just know it! who can get her?'

And sure enough, the tweets and retweets finally found the heart of an equally caring soul, who fell instantly in love with number A016657 and, despite all the unknowns, stepped forward immediately with an offer to adopt.

Number A016657 was no longer just a number. She became 'Angel' a much loved rescue dog and Operation "Rescue Angel" (KS Sharpei) was soon under way.

I pulled Angel from the shelter at the eleventh hour and took her straight to a very rescue orientated and kind vet's for assessment, treatment and care.

at the vets

Getting a bath and conditioning treatment

application of antibiotic soothing cream

gentle girl, unphased by cat

Angel's new life has started. She will get all the veterinary care that she needs and as soon as she is well enough she will travel nearly 2000 miles across the States, to her new forever home, which she will share with three other lovely dogs.

I am in awe of everyone who put so much effort into saving her life. Thank you too, for reading her story. If you would like to contribute to Angel's treatment, care and travel costs you can do so by sending your donations to paypal account

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Just One Dog

this video reminds me of what a lot of you did to help me help Oliver. It's a very merry Christmas for "Just one Dog".

Thursday, December 10, 2009

I rescued a human today

An animal’s perspective on animal rescue -


by Janine Allen

Her eyes met mine as she walked down the corridor peering apprehensively into the kennels. I felt her need instantly and knew I had to help her.

I wagged my tail, not too exuberantly, so she wouldn’t be afraid. As she stopped at my kennel I blocked her view from a little accident I had in the back of my cage. I didn’t want her to know that I hadn’t been walked today. Sometimes the overworked shelter keepers get too busy and I didn’t want her to think poorly of them.

As she read my kennel card I hoped that she wouldn’t feel sad about my past. I only have the future to look forward to and want to make a difference in someone’s life.

She got down on her knees and made little kissy sounds at me. I shoved my shoulder and side of my head up against the bars to comfort her. Gentle fingertips caressed my neck; she was desperate for companionship. A tear fell down her cheek and I raised my paw to assure her that all would be well.

Soon my kennel door opened and her smile was so bright that I instantly jumped into her arms. I would promise to keep her safe. I would promise to always be by her side. I would promise to do everything I could to see that radiant smile and sparkle in her eyes.

I was so fortunate that she came down my corridor. So many more are out there who haven’t walked the corridors. So many more to be saved. At least I could save one. I rescued a human today.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Oliver in Utah!!

check out this link that takes you to the blog of the new foster dad in Utah. great write up about pit bulls too.

Oliver update

Friday, November 27, 2009

Mini Mitts

now that Oliver is safe and sound in his new home, I thought i better post something that had to do with knitting for a change. i mean the blogs is called pugsnknits after all. So my beautiful and wonderful 3 year old nephew tried on some adult fingerless mitts i had and exclaimed "I want some!" Well i can't deny him that so i just made up a simple little pattern for little hands. you can find them on ravelry here.

Mini Mitts

Yarn: Queensland Collection Kathmandu Aran colorway 119 black (leftover from grandpa's sweater)
needles: size 4 (magic loop or you can double points as well)
gauge: i have no idea as i already gave them to him but will ask for them back later :)

CO 20 sts, join for working in the round. (K2,P2) an inch.

next round: knit all rows (stockinette stitch) for as long as you want it before the thumb. (mine was 3 inches from CO edge)

1st round: K1,M1,pm,knit to 1 st before end of round,pm,M1,K1.

2nd round: knit

repeat these last 2 rounds a total of 4X (or until you have a total of 28 sts.

then repeat round 1 one more time. (30sts)

next round: knit all sts until you get to the 2nd marker, remove marker, BO 4 sts

next round: BO 4 sts, remove marker, K2,P2 to end of round.

next round: continue in K2,P2 rib (joining back in the round) for one more inch.

bind off loosely. weave in ends. all done!

you can increase the number of sts or needle size to adjust to age. cooper is 3 and has fairly small hands. i would increase by and even number of sts.