From China to Scotland — One Tiny Dog’s International Story of Finding Her Fur-ever Home October is National Adopt a Shelter Dog Month!

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In June 2016, Dion Leonard had one thing in mind — trying to win the grueling 250km Gobi Desert Run. What he didn’t expect was to have a small stray dog join him for over 70km of the race. Appropriately naming her “Gobi,” Dion knew he needed to make this unlikely running companion a permanent member of his family back home in Scotland. Working to coordinate her adoption would turn into a worldwide, against-all-odds search to see them reunited after Gobi and Dion became separated in a city of more than three million people just days before she was set to head home.

Parents and young readers can share in experiencing this powerful true story of friendship, compassion, courage, and love with the release of Gobi: A Little Dog With a Big Heart [picture book, 4-8 years] and Finding Gobi: The True Story of One Little Dog’s Big Journey [Young Reader’s Edition, 8-12 years] with Thomas Nelson.

I found both books inspiring! I really enjoy the Young Reader’s Edition and think that every child who likes dogs should read it! They will fall in love with Gobi! ~SoCal City Kids.

Find out more here: http://www.thomasnelson.com/gobi-a-little-dog-with-a-big-heart-picture-book

and http://www.thomasnelson.com/finding-gobi-1

Follow Dion and Gobi on FacebookTwitterInstagramYouTube, and at www.findinggobi.com.

More info about the Author:

Dion Leonard is a 41-year-old Australian who lives in Edinburgh, Scotland with his wife Lucja. Dion has not only completed but competed in some of the world’s toughest ultra marathons across the planet’s most inhospitable landscapes. This includes running across the brutal Moroccan Sahara desert twice in the 250km Marathon Des Sables and also twice across South Africa’s Kalahari Desert, also 250km. Dion’s latest 250km race across the Gobi Desert in China turned out to be a completely different race, where he fell in love with a stray dog (later named Gobi) that followed him during the week and who would change both of their lives forever. Learn more at www.findinggobi.com. Follow Dion and Gobi on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and at www.findinggobi.com.

Self Disclosure: I received free copies of the above books to facilitate this featured book post. 

Ping-Ping is Pet of the Week! Updated to the correct name for this adorable Dog!

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Ping-Ping is a sweetheart. Unlike her bouncy name, she’s very calm, sensitive and sweet—can we say “lapdog”? Ping-Ping is a 3-year-old female Shih Tzu mix who’d be a wonderful companion for a person with a low-key lifestyle. Meet her in the shelter side of the Companion Animal Village at 7700 East Spring St., (562) 570-PETS. Ask for ID#A597176.

 

(The usual suspects contributed to this rescue)

Credit: Courtesy of the Companion Animal Village.

Hot Like Lava! Pet of the week!

HotLikeLava, Oct. 5 Pet of the Week

Hot Like Lava (yes, that’s his name) is a 2-year-old male orange tabby—a real social guy who’s actually as cool as a cucumber. At 15 pounds, he’s a hunk ’a’ purring love. And of course, after spending a few minutes with him, your heart will be molten. Meet Hot Like Lava at the Companion Animal Village at 7700 East Spring St., (562) 570-PETS. Ask for ID#597535.

 

(This rescue encouraged by the usual suspects.)

Credit: Courtesy of the Companion Animal Village.

Bacon Bits is Pet of the Week! AWWWWWWWW!

BAcon Bits, September 28 Pet of the WEek

Itty-bitty Bacon Bits is a neutered male Chihuahua-longhair mix, absolutely adorable and affectionate. All he needs is a visit to the dentist, and he’ll be a sweet little lapdog. BB has a low-grade heart murmur, but this likely won’t affect his life-span— at only 7 years old, he’s got a lot of good years ahead! Meet Bacon Bits at the City of Long Beach Animal Care Services on the shelter side of the P.D. Pitchford Animal Village, 7700 E. Spring St., Long Beach, (562) 570-PETS. Ask for ID#A587192.

 

(The usual suspects contributed to this rescue)

 

Credit: Courtesy of the City Of Long Beach Animal Care Services.

Stewie is Pet of the Week!

Stewie, September 21 Pet of the Week

What begins with s? Well…shih tzu mix, soft, serious expression, super-sweet (that’s two s’s!)—and Stewie, who’s all those things. Stewie’s about 9 years old and has a mellow disposition. He’d make a lovely lapdog as well as a possible companion for another dog—he appears to get along quite well with other dogs. Meet Stewie on the shelter side of the Companion Animal Village at 7700 East Spring St., (562) 570-PETS. Ask for ID#A596221.

 

(The usual suspects contributed to this rescue)

Credit: Courtesy of the Companion Animal Village.

Nermal is Pet of the Week!

Nermal, September 14 Pet of the Week (1)

Except for her lovely gray coat, Nermal is about as different as she can be from her Garfield namesake. For one, she’s not an annoying pest—she’s sweet, chatty and a little shy at first. She’s also a female and only 3 years old. Although the expression on her face is one as having been caught with a paw in the treat jar, she’s very mellow and would never pull anything like that! Meet Nermal at the Companion Animal Village at 7700 East Spring St., (562) 570-PETS. Ask for ID#A594880.

 

(This rescue encouraged by the usual suspects.)

 

Credit: Courtesy of the Companion Animal Village.

Cats Go Crazy for SqueezeUp Treats, the First Interactive Wet Cat Treat!

Delectables SqueezeUp, available in Chicken and Tuna flavors, is a rich, thick puree in a lickable tube that provides cats with a fun and delicious treat! Our cats love these even my picky Cat Titan who does not even eat can food!

Ideal as an in-between meal treat or as a savory topper for dry food, Delectables SqueezeUp’s convenient, single-serve tubes provide cats with tempting treats made with real chicken or tuna, without by-products.

Delectables SqueezeUp, launched in July 2016 as the first interactive wet cat treat, is sold as a 4-pack and is available at major retailers including WalmartChewy.com, and Amazon.com.

These do not last long in our house!

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Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this post. The video was provided. 

Tommy is Pet of the Week!

Tommy, Sept. 7 Pet of the WEek

Big, furry Tommy is one of the senior residents of our shelter at City of Long Beach Animal Care Services. At 13, he’s a lover—shy at first but loving when he gets to know you. He’s got some good golden years left, and he’d love to spend them getting to know someone who will provide a home and security. Meet Tommy at the Companion Animal Village at 7700 East Spring St., (562) 570-PETS. Ask for ID#A595865.

 

(This rescue encouraged by the usual suspects.)

 

Credit: Courtesy of the Companion Animal Village.