The Weekly Walk: Give a Woof!

The Weekly WalkArticle of the Week: Dogs Love Donations

Animals give us joy with kisses, by paying attention to us, and by allowing us to share videos of them on the Internet, so consider giving to animals in need this holiday season. There are numerous ways to donate. You can send money and supplies to local shelters. You can make purchases from companies that donate portions of proceeds to animal causes, such as our friends at Hendrick Boards. You can even foster a pet waiting for a permanent home. Want more specific ideas for spreading goodwill? Click here to learn how you can show your love for animals in Chicago, and click here to donate money to ASPCA, which will match each donation until it reaches $200,000. Woof!

Joke of the Week

Q: Why are Dalmatians no good at hide and seek?

A: They’re always spotted.

Treat of the Week

Homemade peanut butter bacon dog treats will show your pups you love them.

Puzzle of the Week

Solve the anagram “Sat Do In On.”

Hint: one word, what Chicago Dog Walkers gives to shelters/charities for referrals.

Highlight the space after the colon to see the answer: Donations 

Photo of the Week

Holidays can be hectic. Remember to make time for the laundry.

Video of the Week

Is this how you feel about the snow each year?

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Thank you for taking another Weekly Walk with us. Be sure to share holiday stories about your pets in the comments below, on Twitter, or Facebook. Woof!

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Make Toto Proud. Donate to Tornado Disaster Relief Efforts.

Destructive tornadoes tore through the midwest last weekend, and victims could use your support. Toto from the Wizard of Oz would appreciate you supporting them too. As a tornado survivor, he knows how far the kindness of strangers can get you. Dorothy and he landed in Oz with their home destroyed, and without the help of munchkins, a good witch, and a wizard, they may have never restored their lives back to normal. So let Dorothy and Toto’s story inspire you to donate to the Red Cross helping victims rebuild their lives from the recent destruction. You might even hear Toto barking thanks from somewhere on the other side of a rainbow. Woof!

Click here or the Red Cross emblem to get involved.

The Weekly Walk: More Helping Hands, More Helping Paws

Our last Weekly Walk covered ways to help victims of Hurricane Sandy. Many humans and animals have been rescued, and we want to start this walk by sharing a few websites we check for updates about the progress of saving pets. The three organizations listed below are the same that we mentioned in our previous post about donations.

Articles of the Week: Hands and Paws

The HSUS posts regular news stories about their efforts on the East Coast. Click here for their news page. One of our favorite stories involves rescuers dutifully plodding through deep sand to find a room of hoarded and abandoned animals.

Global Animal Foundation has a wonderful update about efforts being made by several rescue organizations. They have also raised nearly $3,000 in funds to distribute to organizations like HSUS.

People still regularly post photos and information about displaced pets on the Facebook page Hurricane Sandy Lost and Found Pets. People also share when owners and pets have been reunited as well, so it’s a useful resource if you’re still missing a pet after the hurricane.

Obie Weight-loss Update

Despite the added stress of a court case in his life, Obie lost more weight! He’s now 60 lbs!

Quote of the Week

“I very much believe in rescuing animals, not buying them.” -Candice Bergen

Command of the Week

Visit: Stop by last week’s walk to learn how you can help victims of Hurricane Sandy.

Animal Sound of the Week

“Woof woof” means “Thank you for the donations.”

Photo of the Week

BuzzFeed has 41 photos of dogs prepared for inclement weather.

Friday Fun: Lost Petz

No game today but an app. Lost Petz is designed to send alerts and share information about lost pets. From their website: “The Lost Petz App has been developed to allow pet owners to send out an alert to other pet loving people in the community if their pet goes missing. The alert includes a current photo and additional relevant information about the pet; allowing an anxious pet owner to recruit the assistance of everyone in the vicinity to help reunite them with their pet.” See the website, a write-up by the American Humane Association, and check out the app in iTunes.

Thanks again for taking this walk with us. As we said last week, more donations and aid are always appreciated for victims, and even sharing information about where people can receive help is important. Pass on details you think we should know about in the comments below, on Twitter, or Facebook. Woof.