5 Bham Dogs That Are Ready For Fall

We don’t know about y’all, but we love fall.  That cool, crisp air and colorful leaves just warms our hearts. Living in Alabama, we know that “fall” doesn’t start until November…maybe.  Mother Nature has definitely been teasing us with somewhat cooler weather but not enough to breakout our scarves and heavy sweaters.  Needless to say, these Bham dogs are ready for fall.

1. Pumpkins, pumpkins, and more pumpkins! Hmm, I wonder if we can turn these pumpkins into pumpkin spice lattes?  Fairy Godmother where are you…

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@nala.sky

2. Hey, hoomans! Don’t y’all just want to make some cocoa, watch Netflix, and snuggle!

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@thebhamgrumble

3. This trail is awesome!  Look at the beautiful leaves.  C’mon hooman, let’s keep hiking!

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@misssadiebelle

4. Hey hooman, do I look like a lumberjack in this plaid?!

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@miss.molly.doodle

5. All these leaves for me?! 

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Birmingham Dog-Friendly Patios

Dog Friendly Restaurants

We asked our Instagram followers to tell us their favorite dog-friendly eateries around town. Below, we have compiled a list of their responses.  Please keep in mind that this list is based on the responses of our followers.  We cannot guarantee that all restaurants listed below have a dog-friendly atmosphere.  You should call, email, Facebook, or Tweet to confirm your furbaby is still welcomed on their patio.  Also, feel free to keep us updated so we can add/remove restaurants on the list.

Although the breweries are not mentioned below, they all have a dog-friendly atmosphere. (Good People, Trim Tab, Avondale, and Cahaba)

If you are looking for us to feature your dog-friendly patio or pawtner with us on a dog event, contact us at dogsofbham@mail.com.

Avondale: Hotbox, Melt

Downtown: Catina Tortilla Grill, Carrigan’s Public House, Paramount, Trattoria Centrale

Highland: Rojo

Lakeview District: Babalu, FIVE, Moe’s BBQ, On Tap Sports Cafe, Slice Pizza & Brew

Southside: Black Market Bar & Grill, Cosmo’s Pizza

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280: Big Bad Breakfast

Cahaba Heights: Food Bar, The Olive Branch

Homewood: Jackson’s Bar & Bistro, La Bamba, Saw’s BBQ, Urban Cookhouse

Hoover: Baha Burger, The Boot’s, Brixx Wood Fired PizzaRagtime Cafe, Vecchia Pizzeria & Mercato

Mountain Brook: Chez Lulu, Mafiaoza, Otey’s Tavern

Vestavia: Diplomat Deli

Finding Lily, Part III: Bonus Tips

We would like to thank Sarah and Allan for putting together this series (Click here for Part I and Part II). We hope that this information will be able to help others who may find themselves in a similar situation with a missing dog. For our final post in the series, we are sharing bonus tips that Sarah and Allan have provided to all of our readers.

Bonus Tips:

  • Carry a photo of the dog and ask everyone in the area if they’ve seen it.
  • Talk to the valets! They are outside all day and if your dog walks by, they’ll see it.
  • Create a mass text message for everyone involved in the search party. This will insure that everyone has the latest info and help everyone to stay fanned out.
  • Create a line of searchers stationed at every other block and walk as a unit down every street, looking up and down each avenue all at the same time.
  • Leave an article of your used clothing at the door of your building in case your dog does find its way back to your building by scenting.
  • Extensively search any area of town that your dog is familiar with.
  • Don’t just look up and down the streets, look next to buildings, around bushes, air conditioner units, parking decks, or anywhere else the animal could take shelter.

Sarah and Allan Woodall are local artists and animal lovers. You might know Sarah from her series This is Birmingham, a collection of paintings, prints, t-shirts, and gifts featuring pop art paintings of the Birmingham skyline. You might know Allan from his weekly series Spatter Beasts, a collection of monster illustrations created from splattered ink, or from his famous Sloths Furnace t-shirts. You can find their art in their online stores at https://www.sarahwoodallart.etsy.com and https://www.allandoodles.etsy.com.

Finding Lily, Part 2: How Lily Was Found

Yesterday, we discussed the background of how Lily became lost. Today, we are going to focus on tips and techniques on finding your lost dog based on our experiences on how we found Lily through Community, Prayer, Relentlessness, and Scenting.

(1) Community

Never underestimate the power of a united community. The people of Birmingham are the reason why we have our dog with us today. There are two ways to utilize your community. First, contact all of your family and friends who live in the area. We are extremely blessed to have some amazing people in our lives, because our family and friends hit the streets the moment we called them and they didn’t go home until we found our dog. The key is to have as many people out looking as possible. Second, social media, social media, social media! Social media is an unparalleled community resource. Make a lost dog flyer and post it anywhere you can online. Then beg everyone else to post the flyer anywhere they can. Use Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Nextdoor.com, and every lost pet website there is. *The key to posting missing dog flyers on social media is to keep them updated. Any time we had new information about Lily’s location I would create a new flyer so everyone would have live reports on her whereabouts. We have some great community social media accounts like Dogs of Bham, Instagram Bham, Buy Local Alabama, Discover Birmingham, James Spann, and Scott (Reg) Register just to name a few. The people who run these accounts were a catalyst to a social media takeover for our dog-hunt. One person told me that Lily was the most sought after dog in Birmingham, and I believe it! But here’s the amazing thing: people—friends and strangers alike—saw the flyers and actually went out to help us look! They spent hours of their day on foot, in their cars, and on their bikes helping us search. Allan and I would like to thank those people again—from the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU.

Lily Flyer

Example of flyer (included contact info and where Lily was last spotted).

(2) Prayer

When you lose something you love you find yourself praying a lot, if you’re a person of faith. We began every day of our search by asking God to give us wisdom on where to look for Lily, and to guide us in the right direction. We asked God to calm our anxious and worried hearts and to keep Lily calm, safe, and alert. I honestly believe that God heard and answered our prayers. When we found Lily she didn’t have a scratch on her. She dodged cars for three rush hours and spent four nights on her own downtown. God knows our hearts and He hears our prayers!

(3) Relentlessness

A very important key to finding your lost dog is relentlessness. It’s physically and mentally exhausting to conduct a several day dog-hunt, but you have to do it. If your dog is lost in the city it isn’t going to just wander back to your building and sit on the sidewalk waiting for you to pop outside and spot it. They’re going to be on the move and you’ve got to go find them. Maybe if you live on a lot of land or in a low-traffic neighborhood, you can rely on your dog’s sense of smell and on flyers to find your pooch, but every minute that your dog is lost in a city is even more dangerous. Allan and I spent every waking moment looking for Lily from Thursday night to Monday morning. Take a vacation day from work if you have to. Take two. Do whatever it takes. Establish a team to help you. You will need to spend all of your time outside so your dog can smell you, see you, and hear you. Ask someone else to be in charge of calling local shelters and vets. Ask another person to be in charge of updating social media. Ask a third person to make copies of your flyers for distribution. You should delegate as many tasks as you can. That will free you up to spend your time out on the street searching. If the sun is up, it’s your responsibility to be looking for your lost dog.

(4) Scenting

Finally, the magic trick: scenting! Dogs have an incredible sense of smell. Once we had a good idea of where Lily was camped out we set up a little hub that we hoped to lure her to. There was a patch of pine straw next to some air conditioner units where she was seen over the weekend. We put one of my unwashed sweatshirts in the pine straw along with a pair of my used socks. Clothing that smells strongly of you is key. We also set out a large bowl of water, but no food. We didn’t want any other animals to be drawn to the food and risk Lily losing control of the territory. Finally, we marked the area with urine. We had our other pup pee all around the area to establish her scent for Lily. Then we sprinkled my husband’s urine all around the area. We also made trails of the urine coming from all directions, leading to the hub we built for her. Yes, we were the ones walking around Southside with the water bottles full of urine. But I would do it again 100 more times if I had to, because it brought Lily home! The next morning as the sun was rising, we drove over to the spot and there she was, sleeping! Right in the spot we built for her! Once she saw us she ran right to us and has been cuddled up next to us ever since.

Lily is found!  This photo was taken right after Sarah and Allan found Lily.

Lily is found! This photo was taken right after Sarah and Allan found Lily.

Lily + Sarah

Lily + Sarah

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The process of finding your lost dog is an exhausting one, but it’s so rewarding. Don’t give up and don’t lose hope. Your dog wants to be found and is out there somewhere waiting for you to come get it. All of your hard work will be well worth it once that fur-baby is back in your loving arms!

Tomorrow, we will share the last post in the “Finding Lily” series.

Sarah and Allan Woodall are local artists and animal lovers. You might know Sarah from her series This is Birmingham, a collection of paintings, prints, t-shirts, and gifts featuring pop art paintings of the Birmingham skyline. You might know Allan from his weekly series Spatter Beasts, a collection of monster illustrations created from splattered ink, or from his famous Sloths Furnace t-shirts. You can find their art in their online stores at https://www.sarahwoodallart.etsy.com and https://www.allandoodles.etsy.com.

Finding Lily, Part I: The Background

Hello, everyone! Sarah Woodall here. I’ve been asked by the creators of Dogs of Bham to write a guest post on how to find your lost dog in the big city. I’m sad to say that I have firsthand experience in losing a dog in downtown Birmingham. But, it is with tremendous amounts of joy and thankfulness that I can say that I also have firsthand experience in FINDING a lost dog in Birmingham! I would like to share with you fellow dog parents some really great tips and techniques that my husband and I learned during our four-day search for our beautiful Lily.

Meet Lily!

Meet Lily!

Here is the short story of how she became lost: I took her out to potty in the courtyard of our building. Like we always do, I let her off her leash to give her some space. She’s a very loyal and obedient dog, so it’s never been an issue. Foolishly, I forgot to check that the back gate was completely closed. (Ouch!) Lily is an extremely skittish rescue dog who has a hard time trusting anyone she doesn’t know. So when a rambunctious little neighbor puppy came into the courtyard and attempted to engage Lily in some rough housing, she panicked and bolted. It was rush hour and raining and I was obviously panicking. My husband and I, along with some wonderful friends and family members, spent hours searching for Lily that night, to no avail. We searched until midnight or so before finally having to give up for the night. We spent the next three days straight conducting a full on search and rescue mission to find our lost and scared dog.

There were many times that it felt like we were searching for a needle in a haystack, or as my best friend said, it felt like we were tracking a unicorn. But don’t give up hope! Your dog CAN be found and there are tricks to finding them. There are four things to which I attribute to us finding Lily: Community, Prayer, Relentlessness, and Scenting.

Tomorrow, we will dive into these four topics. Stay tuned!

Sarah and Allan Woodall are local artists and animal lovers. You might know Sarah from her series This is Birmingham, a collection of paintings, prints, t-shirts, and gifts featuring pop art paintings of the Birmingham skyline. You might know Allan from his weekly series Spatter Beasts, a collection of monster illustrations created from splattered ink, or from his famous Sloths Furnace t-shirts. You can find their art in their online stores at https://www.sarahwoodallart.etsy.com and https://www.allandoodles.etsy.com.

Ringo’s Donation to Two by Two Rescue

Two by Two Animal Rescue is a non-profit, no kill organization based in Helena, AL.  As of right now, they do not have a facility so they rely on generous donations, fundraising, and the open homes of their foster families.  They are a group of wonderful people who are doing amazing things for the dogs in our community.

Yesterday, Dogs of Bham founder, Lexi, and her dog Ringo (also know as happy__ringo) presented Two by Two with a generous donation of $500 he earned through Dogly.  Dogly is an app which helps you earn grants for your local rescue or animal shelter.

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Being able to help local organizations means a great deal to us at Dogs of Bham, it was awesome being able to give back to people who give so much of their time and lives to help dogs in our community.

Win 4 Tickets to Regions Tradition! (CLOSED)

We have teamed up with Two by Two Rescue to give you a chance to win 4 tickets to the upcoming Regions Tradition at Shoal Creek! Two by Two Rescue is currently in the Birdies for Charity fundraiser program through Regions Tradition. Two by Two Animal Rescue is a 501 C (3) not-for-profit, no-kill organization.

Prize: 4 Good-Any-One-Day-Grounds tickets to the Regions Tradition at Shoal Creek, May 13 –May 17

Here’s how to enter:

1. Follow @dogsofbham & @twobytworescue
2. Repost this image with #dogsofbham_BFC2015
*Max repost entries per account (2)

For an additional entry, you can donate to Two by Two Rescue in the Birdies For Charity & email us a copy of your receipt along with your username, and we will give you ONE MORE ENTRY. Also, for those of you who do decide to donate, 100% of your donation will go to Two by Two Rescue.

Accounts must be public for us to see your repost entry. This contest is open now until Friday, May 1st. Winners will be annouced no later than Saturday. Total possible entries per person (3).

Adoption Pawtential: Fred

Hello world, meet Fred! He is a 5 yr old Boston Terrier who is looking for his furever home.

His Story: Fred was on sale for $20 on a Facebook yard sale not in the best of shape. Thankfully, he was rescued by a friend of Alabama Boston Terrier Rescue who brought Fred to their care. His eyes were dry and scarred from old ulcers that went untreated causing him to have vision impairment now. He has had a cherry eye removed and tested heart worm negative.

Currently, Fred is living with a foster family and is loving spending time with them and their Boston Terrier, Leia. He has been with them for four days and has not had an accident in his crate. Go Fred! Fred will be available for adoption in about a month to make sure he has completed all of his antibiotics and is completely ready and healthy for his furever home!

Fred’s foster sister Leia and him chillin on the sofa.

If you’re interested in adopting Fred, please contact his foster family (@leia_bostonprincess) or Alabama Boston Terrier Rescue.

Recap: Mutt Strut 2015

Photo Credit: Hand in Paw

This was our first year to participate in Mutt Strut, and we had a blast!  If you don’t know, Mutt Strut is a dog friendly 5k and 1 mile fun run that benefits Hand in Paw–which is an animal assisted therapy organization right here in Birmingham.  They are truly an amazing organization!

The day was gloomy but everyone was so excited to participate in the run/walk.  While waiting for our 1 mile fun run, we checked out the various vendors and even had a chance to see the doggie costumes.  The costumes were one of our favorite parts. There were a lot of creative people (as you will see below the photos).  We can’ wait till next year!  If you missed Mutt Strut, check out the photos below.  We even highlighted photos from our Dogs of Bham community members.

Make sure you #dogsofbham and tag us in your photos for us to see and possibly feature.

Alicia’s dog Piper with her hubs.  We love the tie dye bandana! 

The BEST costume ever! #howtotrainyourdragon

This was just too cute!

 

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