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!

 

Struttin' our stuff at the #MuttStrut5K this morning! #dogsofbham #rouxgram #yesthatsRouxonmyshirt #popyourpup

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#mrsnitzel #handinpaw #muttstrut #DogsofBham

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We are having a blast at Hand in Paw's Mutt Strut! Stop by and see us! #teamwags #dogsofbham @wagshomewood @merrmerr10 @rustylittlebox

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Dog Park Etiquette 

The dog park is a fun place for dogs, and their owners, to mix and mingle.  It’s also a great place for dogs to burn a lot of energy.  However, if not prepared, it can also be a place of unfortunate mishaps.  It is important, as the dog owner, to prep your dog before going to the dog park.

Sidenote:  If you know your dog has nervous or aggressive behavior toward humans or other dogs, find a time to go to the park when there is not a crowd in order to eliminate dangerous situations.  Sometimes, socializing the dog in a dog park will not rid the dog of the nervous/aggressive behavior but worsen it.  For extreme aggressiveness, a professional trainer would be needed to address the behavior.  We must all work together to keep our furbabies safe.

Check out the info graphic below created by Scri(be) Inspired for Angels Among Us Pet Rescue for Dog Park Etiquette Tips.

Yes, we love warm weather (and so do our pups)! 

In Birmingham, the weather has been warming up which means we can enjoy more outside activities with our pups. Check out these outdoor shenanigans our Bham pups are doing…

1. Grabbing a drink or playing fetch at a local brewery.

2. Stopping to smell the flowers.

3. Becoming one with nature and going hiking.

Ready for more sun and less rainy days.

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4. Basking in the glory of the sun.

Happy Spring! 🌼#bostonterriersofinstagram #dogsofbham #homewoodanimalhospital #lifeofSmalls

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5. Playing outside with their favorite balls.

6. Sprucing up the garden. 

I like leaves 🍃

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Dogs & Blogs

First of all, can we all say ‘Hallelujah’ for a non-rainy day!  It was a beautiful Sunday to meet up with Birmingham dog lovers at Loch Haven Dog Park in Hoover.  It was great to meet everyone and their fur babies outside the Instagram world. We want to thank Birmingham Bloggers for connecting us with this event and CahaBones and Kim Crenshaw for taking part.

  

CahaBones had a table set up with several of her delicious treats.  Of course, we couldn’t help but purchase several bags for our doggies (especially the Blueberry Coconut).  If y’all don’t know, CahaBones is an all natural, all Alabama ingredient dog treats.  Melissa, who is the wonderful mastermind behind CahaBones, has tons of various spent grain and grain free treats.  Our dogs give both paws up to CahaBones.

The majority of the time was spent with our Q&A session with Kim Crenshaw.  (She even showed a little bit of agility training with her dog Velocity which was super cool)  For some of you that might not know her background, she is a nationally ranked trainer and animal behaviorist with 25 years of experience.  She has national titles in obedience, agility, rally obedience, tracking, canine good citizen, herding, versatile companion dog, and therapy training.  Kim had great advice to give to several of our dog owners.  Here are a few tips from the Q&A session with Kim Crenshaw:

-If you are trying to correct a behavior, use a vocal command combined with the action.  For example, if you’re using bitter apple spray for your dog to keep him/her from nibbling, chewing, licking, or biting, make sure you are using a vocal command and spraying instead of just spraying your dog.

-Your dog’s safety should be your ultimate concern.  It’s okay to remove your dog from a situation you think is unsafe.  For smaller dogs, she even suggested picking him/her up.

-Remember, you are the pack leader of your household not your dog.  If you’re having issues of obedience, you need to reestablish dominance.  You can do this without ‘breaking’ your dog.

If you want more information about dog training or agility courses, here is Kim Crenshaw’s contact information:  kim@bhamdogtrainer.com.

We can’t wait for another meet up with our Birmingham dog community!  Thank you for coming out and enjoying the beautiful weather with us.