Woman Hosts Pet Adoption Event But No One Shows Up And A Truck Pulls Up Behind Her

It can be very hard to run an animal rescue. Sherri knows this. She takes care of homeless pups through the animal rescue shelter she opened on her own in Southern California. Even though Sherri loves her job and can’t believe she’s lucky enough to have it, she often struggles with keeping West Coast Animal Rescue in tiptop shape.

She takes in all pups, including old and injured pups who would be put down in a pound. They come to Sherri’s animal rescue to find shelter, and with luck, eventually, a forever family who will adopt them. Not everyone wants to adopt old or hurt pups, even though they need a home too.

Her friend Susan knows how hard her life can be, and she contacted Prank It FWD to help Sherri show her pups and volunteers the love they deserve. We can’t really describe how beautiful this video is. Sherri and her volunteers definitely deserve all the love they get on this day, and we are so happy all these pups get to live in their forever homes!

 

9 Summer Essentials to Keep Dogs Cool

The dog days of summer are right around the corner, and that means spending spending all day outside with your pooch. From dog cooling mats to hydrating dog toys, these summer must-haves will keep your pup having fun in the sun for longer.

1. TechNiche Cooling Dog Coat

A German Shepherd Runs While Wearing the TechNiche Cooling Dog Coat.

“I’ll admit it. I have a vest-ed interest in this company!” – Photo by Facebook.com/TechNicheInternational

Have you ever thought it would make your dog’s life a lot easier if she could sweat? Available in a range of sizes, the TechNiche Cooling Dog Coat will give your dog the perspire she desires. The fabric is designed to work with her natural cooling process to create a “sweat-like” system and evaporate water on the jacket when it gets hot. All you need to do is soak it in water for a couple of minutes before putting it on.

TechNiche Cooling Dog Coat is $32.87 on Chewy.

2. KONG Aqua Dog Toy

A German Shepherd plays with a KONG Aqua toy.

“Maybe next time don’t throw it THAT far.” – Photo by Amazon

When it comes to dog toys, KONG is one of the big boys. The “pupular” brand provides playthings for every occasion, including lake days. KONG Aqua Dog Toy gives Fido the chance to play fetch out on the water. Swing it, fling it and watch him bring it back to shore. The durable rope makes it great for tug of war and helps humans throw it farther than ever before.

KONG Aqua Dog Toy is $15.99 on Amazon.

3. Jasonwell Foldable Pool

A Husky enjoys his dog pool.

“I swear I’m loving this.” – Photo by @nukas_resilientpack

While a pool in the backyard might be a pipe dream for you, installing one for Fido doesn’t have to be. In fact, Jasonwell Foldable Pool allows you to place one wherever you are, thanks to its easy-to-use foldable design. This portable pool is ideal for dogs on the move who love to splash and play in the water. The best part is that it doesn’t require inflation and it’s made of extra-tough PVC to prevent scratches.

Jasonwell Foldable Pool is $29.99 on Amazon.

4. Superjare Outdoor Dog Bed

A dog enjoys his elevated and shaded dog bed.

“This bed lifts my spirits.” – Photo by @findlay_hayden_bc

Playing outside is overrated. Laying outside is where it’s at. With the easy-to-install Superjare Outdoor Dog Bed, your pooch can hang out with you all day, even if there isn’t a cloud in the sky. The two biggest ways a dog bed gets hot on sunny days is exposure to direct sunlight from above and the ground overheating below. This one is raised and has a canopy, protecting from both of these heat sources. It’s also made from breathable fabric, which will keep your canine comfy.

Superjare Outdoor Dog Bed is $73.99 on Amazon.

5. Pikolai Outdoor Water Dispenser

A Retreiver Steps on the Pikolai Outdoor Water Dispenser to Drink Water.

“Oh, this is what you mean by step on it!” – Photo by Amazon

If your dog wants to stay and play outside in the sun, how do you make sure she keeps hydrated? It won’t take long for a bowl of water to become contaminated with hair, mud and creepy crawlies. Pikolai Outdoor Water Dispenser solves the problem by giving pups access to fresh water at the paw of a button. Simply connect the split-adapter to your hose, and your pooch can quench her thirst whenever she likes.

Pikolai Outdoor Water Dispenser is $51.99 on Amazon.

6. All For Paws Chill Out Ice Bandana

A dog wears an ice bandana to beat the summer heat.

“Ice, ice, baby.” – Photo by @sprockettdogs

Similar to a dog cooling vest, this ice bandana is a great accessory for pups who love to sunbathe. Fit the bandana to your furry friend, remove it, run it under water, and place it in the freezer for a few hours (around a frozen item like an ice cream tub to keep its shape). And voila, you’ll be left with a super-chill, comfortable and wearable canine ice pack.

All For Paws Chill Out Ice Bandana starts at $8.49 on Amazon.

7. Happy Hours Dog Hat

A dog wears her dog hat while playing outside.

“Hats off? I think you mean hats on!” – Photo by Amazon

From droopy sun hats in Renaissance paintings to cowboy hats of the Old West, shady headwear has been utilized by humans for sun protection for centuries, so why not protect our dog’s faces in the same way? Happy Hours Dog Hat is a baseball cap with ear holes that welcome even the pointiest of ears to protrude comfortably, and a strap underneath that keeps it safe and secure on the head of active pups all day long.

Happy Hours Dog Hat is $8.29 on Amazon.

8. My Dog Nose It! Sun Protection Balm

Dogs Looks at Woman's Hand Holding a Pot of My Dog Nose It! Sun Protection Balm.

“Dogs burn too, y’all!” – Photo by @shuffle_all

Every dog is susceptible to sunburn. Even the hairiest of hounds have vulnerable areas with less of a covering. My Dog Nose It! Sun Protection Balm can help keep your dog safe without the toxic ingredients found in certain human sunscreens. You can use it on your pup’s nose, ears and other exposed areas to protect, soothe and heal by adding moisture. Pair it with a dog coat and body spray to disperse the protectant evenly across your pup.

My Dog Nose It! Sun Protection Balm is $12.94 on Chewy.

9. K&H Pet Products Coolin’ Comfort Bed

Retriever Receives Pets on a Blue K&H Pet Products Coolin' Comfort Bed.

“Cool bed, right?” – Photo by @adventures_of_flerken

Dogs who suffer from excessive panting on hot days need somewhere to lay that helps, rather than overheating them even more. Just add water to the K&H Coolin’ Comfort Bed, and your pooch will have somewhere icy-cold to hang out for hours. The orthopedic core makes it great for dogs of all ages, shapes and needs.

K&H Pet Products Coolin’ Comfort Bed is $46.64 on Amazon.

This post from BringFido originally appeared as 9 Summer Essentials to Keep Dogs Cool.

New-Mom Introduces Newborn To Her Pet, Dog Shows Mom Her 1st Rookie Mistake

If dogs are “man’s best friend” then it is only natural that these special relationships begin at a young age. Science suggests that dogs can actually smell when a newborn is related to their “pack leader.” This explains why most dogs form an attachment to a newborn brought into the home.

In this 32 second video, a tiny newborn is sleeping on the sofa. The infant is lying on his tummy in just a diaper. He is mostly uncovered and this is NOT OKAY with his doggy sibling. His pup walks over and with her snout, she nudges the couch and blanket until “her” baby is warm and snuggly.

This type of nurturing is expected from a parent but to see this from the family dog is so unexpected and sweet. Especially because the dog lacks the digits to do most tasks, yet has figured out how to accomplish something so darn adorable— and is taking care of the tiny baby she already adores.

I promise you, watching this will be the sweetest 32 seconds of your day! And don’t forget to share this with family and friends. Keeping it to yourself would just be wrong a little selfish, sorry.

Route 66: A Pet-Friendly Road Trip

Upon completion in 1938, Route 66 spanned 2,400 miles, passed through eight states and three time zones, and connected urban and rural destinations from Chicago to LA. Unfortunately, the days for the “Mother Road” were numbered. After the introduction of new highways across the country, the legendary road was finally decommissioned. Nowadays, the remaining sections of Route 66 and the iconic attractions along the way are the ideal setting for your pooch’s very own classic American road trip.

Illinois

A White Dog Stands at the Historic Route 66 Sign in Pet-Friendly Illinois.

“I got my kicks on Route 66!” – Photo by @hhanreck

Route 66 begins at Grant Park in Chicago, where you and Fido can explore the dog park before putting the keys in the ignition. The Chicago section of the road is lined with murals and untouched historic gas stations. In nearby Collinsville, the World’s Largest Catsup Bottle is the first of many oddities you’ll see along the way. For a break from the road and some gorgeous hiking opportunities, stop at the Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie, a former ammunition factory during World War Two and the Vietnam Conflict. Bullets are no longer made here; instead, the whole area has been converted into a 7000-acre tall grass preservation with 20 miles of pet-friendly trails.

Back in its heyday, drive-in movie theaters were packed every night along the Mother Road. Litchfield Sky View Drive-In is featured in the Route 66 Hall of Fame and is the last remaining drive-in on the highway in Illinois. After the credits start to roll, you can hang your hat for the night at one of Litchfield’s pet-friendly hotels.

Missouri

A White Dog Sits in Front of the Arch at Pet-Friendly Gateway Arch National Park.

“This thing is my arch-nemesis.” – Photo by @thegoldenretrieverotis

Home to one million people along the Route 66 corridor, Missouri is the next state en route. Although not the capital, St. Louis is a major city in the Show-Me State. Take “paws” and pay Fido’s respects to 19th-century westward pioneers at Gateway Arch National Park on the banks of the Mississippi River. The world-famous arch, which celebrates the city’s role as the “Gateway to the West,” towers 630 feet into the sky and is a sight to behold. St. Louis Riverfront Trail is a pet-friendly paved pathway that covers just over 21 miles and provides great views of the monument.

After a day in Saint Louis, drive to nearby Cuba, MO, and spend the night at one of the state’s most popular attractions, The Wagon Wheel Motel. The 75-year-old structure has earned its place on the National Registry of Historic Places and offers a couple of pet-friendly rooms.

Before leaving Missouri, swing by Devil’s Elbow. The centerpiece is an old steel truss bridge that crosses the Big Piney River. Remnants of the popular pathway can be found throughout this area, including eerie old buildings that once thrived with tourists.

Kansas

A couple and their dog pose next to Cars On the Route in Kansas.

“I meet celebrities all the time.” – Photo by @raggyjo

Kansas has the shortest stretch of Route 66 of any state. The 13 miles that wind through the county of Galena are well preserved and still have a few whacky attractions that provide a great backdrop for photoshoots. Cars on the Route doesn’t allow canines inside to dine, but the outdoor area houses several “living” vehicles, including the mining boom truck that inspired the character “Tow Mater” in the Pixar movie “Cars.” Luckily, Old Riverton Store & Deli is just six minutes up the road. The classic grocer has been feeding locals and travelers since 1925. To this day, you can grab a delicious deli bite with your dog outside the building, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Spend the night at the Old Riverton Post B&B. Located just two blocks from the highway, this historic house was built in the late 1800s.

Oklahoma

Two Dogs Sit in Front of the Dog-Friendly Blue Whale of Catoosa.

“When you’ve seen one giant fake Blue Whale, you’ve seen them all!” – Photo by @sam_scicc

Cyrus Avery, the Godfather of Route 66, lived in Oklahoma and it’s where he first hatched his plan to construct it. The Oklahoman corridor is lined with gaudy roadside attractions and old-style vendors. Begin your tour at Commerce, OH, and the Hole in the Wall Conoco Station. This quirky filling station was built into a wall in the 1920s. Keep driving and you’ll end up at Ed Galloway’s Totem Pole Park, full of bright totem poles constructed by yet another quirky artist. You can explore the pet-friendly trail around the huge handmade sculptures with your pup for free. Half an hour away, you’ll arrive at one of the strangest anniversary gifts of all time, The Blue Whale of Catoosa. Hugh Davis built it in the early 1970s as a surprise for his whale-obsessed wife Zelta.

Sleep three minutes from your new friend the whale at this beautiful gingerbread house. Be careful not to shoot your pooch a grumpy glare when he steals your last bite of dinner here; you can still face jail time in Oklahoma for pulling a face at a canine!

Texas

Woman and Dog Stan in Front of the Historic Route 66 Sign in Pet-Friendly Amarillo.

“Is this the way to Amarillo?” – Photo by @sarac829

The Texas stretch of Route 66 goes through the panhandle for 179 miles, taking in 17 towns along the way. Fido’s first stop should be at the Leaning Water Tower in Groom. Not as widely known as the tower in Pisa, passersby often wondered how it got its lean. Was it lightning, an earthquake or a UFO crash? No, it was actually a marketing ploy by the owner to draw attention to his nearby truck stop. Half an hour from the tower, you’ll reach one the biggest towns en-route in Amarillo. Stop to check out your second oddity of the state, Cadillac Ranch. Forget about all the other fields you’ve seen with Cadillacs buried nose down in the mud, this totally Instagram-worthy roadside attraction is the original and was first installed in 1974.

After your pooch has left his mark at Cadillac Ranch, refuel at The Big Texan Steak Ranch and Brewery. Grab a seat in the pet-friendly beer garden and see if anybody can take on the 72oz steak challenge (humans only, Fido). Customers who eat the monster slab of meat in under an hour don’t have to pay a dime. Sleep off the meal at Texas Space, a bright blue house with an awesome balcony and a “mascot” by the name of Peabody. Fido will love getting to know the plastic moss-covered dog hiking his leg in the grass.

New Mexico

Two Woman and a Dog Pose for a Photo in the Middle of a Street in Pet-Friendly Santa Fe.

“Route 66 is for rebels like me.” – Photo by @overthemoonabovethemountain

Just as you’re starting to get used to the weird and wonderful sights of Texas, you’ll find yourself in New Mexico. Follow the brown road signs along the original 1926 section of the highway to downtown Santa Fe, which is easily worth exploring over a weekend. Next up is Albuquerque, the largest city in New Mexico, and a historic stay at a classic accommodation. El Rancho Hotel was popular during the glory days of Route 66 and was even favored by Hollywood superstars like John “Wagging” Wayne and Kirk “Dog-less” Douglas.

After a long drive, Fido can stretch his legs at El Morro National Monument. Dogs are welcome on the short trek to the monument and beyond to a view of Native American ruins and protected inscriptions that date back centuries.

Arizona

A Man and Dog Sit and Take in the View at the Pet-Friendly Bell Rock Vortex.

“What do you mean, ‘red rocks.’” – Photo by @official_hamlett

The I-40 was placed directly over Route 66 in parts of Arizona. If Fido can sniff it out, he’ll be rewarded with some of the longest sections of the old road sandwiched between the beautiful red rocky mountains and the Colorado River. Stop for a hike in Petrified Forest National Park, which leads to magnificent views of the surrounding area.

After your trek, refuel at La Posada Hotel. This eclectic inn is architect Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter’s southwestern masterpiece. Explore the gardens, gallery and museum with your leashed pup, just avoid the hotel cat. From here, head to Walnut Canyon National Monument, one of the few canyons in the country that allows pets. You and your pooch can descend down 185 feet of steps and check out 25 rooms that were built into the walls 700 years ago.

Follow up your hike with a gentle stroll on the Route 66 Trail in nearby Flagstaff and a stay at The Shop, a cabin with a hot tub and hammock.

California

Woman and Dog Look at a Retro Car at the Pet-Friendly Wigwam Motel.

“Waggin’ at the Wigwam!” – Photo by @anokiart

Your epic road trip ends in California, but there’s so much to see in the Golden State before you head home. Swing by Amboy Crater, an extinct volcano only 1.5 miles south of Route 66. Estimated to be 79,000 years old, the volcano last erupted 10,000 years ago. The drive to get there will take you through stunning scenery, and it’s a great place to visit at sunset. Neighboring Mojave National Preserve has sections that welcome dogs to roam off-leash as long as they are under voice control. For a taste of the Old West, bring your pooch to Calico Ghost Town. This old mining town is the ideal destination for furry ghost hunters to experience the “paw-ranormal.”

Hit the road again to San Bernardino and The Wigwam Motel, one of the last remaining lodgings of its type in the world. Stay together in one of the big concrete wigwam rooms before making your final journey on Route 66, which leads you right to the Pacific Ocean. Stroll along the pet-friendly boardwalk to Santa Monica Pier, where you’ll find a sign for the “End of the Trail.”

What a great adventure, a once-in-a-lifetime experience, another box ticked off Fido’s bucket list. Now all you have to do is drive home!

This post from BringFido originally appeared as Route 66: A Pet-Friendly Road Trip.