Welcome Dogasaur Fans as well as my loyal readers.  You are a writer’s best friend. This Blog  is written for those who have a “Weekness for Dogs!” Please remember to visit this Thursday, August 26th, for a special post about Rose Russo, followed by some great posts honoring dogs’ best friends from across the nation on a variety of topics about man’s best friend.  Don’t miss out-Subscribe now!

In launching his Dogasaur website, Josh Abrams, much like Will Judy, Founder of National Dog Week, has dedicated his life to the mission of “making our dogs’ lives better, even if only by a little each day.”  Thank you, Josh and Steve, for posting about Every Dog has its Week on your fan page. www.Dogasaur.com  Last Sunday, 625 of you came to read! With over 70 million dogs taking up residence in our nation, we need to honor man’s best friend by keeping the bark in National Dog Week, September 19-25.

A big bark out to Michele Adams and all the volunteers working to make the Big Pine Bark Park down in the Florida Keys a reality by the time National Dog Week un-fur-ls this September.  Stay tuned for a posting on their big fundraiser on August 29th and their progress!

 I received lots of comments about how you will spend National Dog Week this September. Here’s one:

GFM wrote: “Lots of treats, walks and love for my 4 dogs…I would also like to donate supplies to “Angels in Fur” Rescue.  They are doing great work…On that note:

Saturday was National Homeless Pet Day.  Started by the International Society for Animal Rights (ISAR) in 1992, this observation always occurs the third Saturday in August, bringing to light the ongoing plight of homeless pets in America.  It is estimated that there are over 8 million pets without homes in this country and only about half of them will ever find permanent homes.  

One of the more frustrating aspects of my research performed on Will Judy’s National Dog Week is the fact that the more things change the more they remain the same.  In 1928, just like today, many of the nation’s pets suffered during hard economic times.  Then, it was hard for a dog to even get its day, let alone a week! Nowadays, my Facebook wall is covered with photos and pleas for 11th Hour rescues, many too heartbreaking to even read.

Will Judy started the National Dog Week movement to honor the silent canine heroes of WWI and, as a responsible breeder, trainer, and dog expert, said that he did not want to see more dogs in American homes, but better dog owners and a society that took care of the dogs that were already here.

This year, the theme of the day is focused on the importance of spaying and neutering our pets. This is certainly one good idea to help control our nation’s pet overpopulation problem, but surprisingly, many feel they are not obligated to do so.  This procedure not only stops unwanted litters, but has some health benefits for your animals.  DO IT! But sometimes, unexpected or sudden life changes can put our beloved, well-cared for pets in jeopardy.  Foreclosure, military deployment, even domestic abuse can find pets on the street.

There are too many people to cite for their work on behalf of these hapless animals, and in the effort of being brief, I offer just a few for now….

Every day, somewhere in America, volunteers work hard to pull endangered dogs from high-kill shelters, transporting them to safety, often at great distances.  For example, last week RAIN (Rescuing Animals in Nassau) in Fernandina Beach, FL, transported dogs to a shelter all the way in Tampa.  Just a few weeks ago, dogs suffering from the fall out of the BP debacle in Louisiana were transported to St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center in Madison, NJ (www.sthuberts.org).  Eight of those dogs were taken in by my local shelter here in Brick, NJ for placement (www.jerseyshoreanimalcenter.org).

Laura Pople, Executive Director and Founder of Seer Farms, runs a successful people-centered animal sanctuary in Jackson, NJ, providing emergency extended care and housing for pets that find themselves victims of natural disasters, or situations arising from the misfortunes of their owners.  On Sunday, September 26, the event, “Walk for the Cause of Foreclosed Paws,” will be held to benefit the animals of Seer Farm. Go to www.Seersfarm.org for details.

And how do all these pets get fed while they await new homes.  People like Nikki Moustaki, founder of the Pet Postcard Project, have come up with creative and fun ways for everyone to get involved.  Nikki, a writer, obedience trainer, TV personality, and active rescuer is definitely a champion of homeless cats and dogs.  To learn how to be part of the PPP, go to www.betterwords.typepad.com/petpostcardproject/.

Do you have ideas on how we can alleviate America’s pet overpopulation dilemma?  I welcome well-thought out essays no longer than 500 words on the topic.  I look forward to reading them. Send to pst39crd@aol.com.  Also, if you are sending dog week stories, they must be about organized plans you have for the week.  Thanks.

Read related article: www.examiner.com/pets-in-newark/lisa-begin-kruysman.