Monthly Archives: August 2012

Macho Man

In light of PETA’s recent ridiculously silly comment about how people only want to adopt pit bulls because of their “macho image,” I give you: “Cooper Being Macho.”

(And since I don’t know how to work YouTube and create my own musical slide show, please let this play in the background as you’re clicking through. )

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If you’d like to add this Macho Man to your family, please fill out an adoption application with Agape Animal Rescue.

…and don’t forget to VOTE FOR COOPER!



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Rainy Day Snuggle Time

Sometimes on a lazy hot August afternoon, the stars align and the conditions combine for some serious, professional A-grade snugglin’ – a storm blowing in, a soft couch and a sleepy momma napping with a blanket.

And Cooper is just the man dog for the job.

If you’d like to add this furry professional snuggler to your family, please fill out an adoption application with Agape Animal Rescue.

And don’t forget to VOTE FOR COOPER!



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In My Own Backyard

I woke up one day last week to the unmistakable whimper of puppies.

My heart sank.  I knew immediately where it was coming from.  I had heard it before.

I looked out my back window and my suspicions were confirmed. 

I counted at least six little puppies, maybe 5-6 weeks old.  I know who their momma is – she’s a repeat offender.  She’s one of the many stray dogs who roam my neighborhood, un-cared for, un-loved, and of course un-spayed.  She hangs out in my neighbors back yard a lot of the time, though she doesn’t “belong” to them (that is, they claim no responsibility for her).  And so, these puppies,  like other litters before them, will go unclaimed as well.

Since Foster Dad and I began our foster journey almost a year ago, we’ve rehomed five dogs.  Five dogs who otherwise might not have had a chance at a happy healthy life, are now in loving furever homes.  This last batch of stray puppies brought more dogs into this world than Foster Dad and I have rescued and rehomed since we started fostering.  Because of this one dog, all our efforts have essentially been canceled out – plus one more!

Talk about a deflating moment.

I see these poor puppies and I feel completely helpless.  We are absolutely not in a situation to rescue a litter of puppies.  And if they have any pit bull in them (and knowing who the daddy most likely is, they probably do), they don’t have a chance at the Humane Association or our local Animal Control – neither of whom adopt out pit bulls. 

At the same time, my heart aches for them and their mother – did Roxie come from a situation like this?  Was she born under a shed to a malnourished over-bred mother?  When she was big enough, did she finally wander off because she didn’t know what else to do?  If we hadn’t picked her up that night, how soon would it have been before she popped out a litter of her own?

I’ve had this post in “draft” form for nearly a week now, trying to think of a nice tidy way to wrap it up.  I don’t have it.  I am beyond upset at what I see going on right in front of me.  I can’t even bring myself to think about how many other stray dogs in my city alone are contributing to the pet overpopulation problem, right this moment – let alone all over the country. Every time I come back to this post to finish it up, I get so angry I could cry.  So, with nothing else to say o the matter at this moment….

…to be continued.



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Former Foster Update: Molly Tamale

We’ve said it before, but getting updates from our former tenants is the absolute BEST part of fostering, hands down.  I was so excited to find this note from Molly Tamale’s new dad in my inbox this morning.  Sounds like she’s really hit the jackpot this time…enjoy! ~Laura

Just a note to let you know that Molly is doing great. She has traveled to Louisville 4 or 5 times now and south Alabama once. Basically you wake her up when you get there. She travels quite well.

She loves my sister’s backyard. They have moles. Rather, they HAD moles. Molly loves to play whack-a-mole. Score: Molly 3: Moles 0. She either punches them with her nose or smacks them with a paw, never bites them.

She has also learned to run (on leash) beside me on my bicycle. We don’t go for long rides because of her short legs but about a 1/2 mile in the neighborhood to give her a good work out.

Hope you are both doing well. We’re following the continuing saga of Cooper on your blog.

Molly Tamale has found her Furever, but Cooper is still looking for his!  If you’d like to add Cooper to your family, please fill out an adoption application with Agape Animal Rescue.



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Shop ’till You Drop

As we announced last week, Cooper is running for President through Agape Animal Rescue’s first ever Democracy for Dogs campaign

He’s laid out his platform, tapped his foster brother as his campaign manager, and when I wasn’t looking he borrowed my credit card because all of a sudden he has a new outfit, fit for the campaign trail!

What the what?  Cooper, is your bow tie not presidential enough for you?  Cooper mumbled something about “campaign contributions” and “tax deductible” before he scampered off to play strategize with Oscar, so I took a look at my credit card statement to see what was going on.  I found two strange charges – one to The Cozy Critter, and another to Dog Tag Art.  Time to investigate these shops so I can see where Cooper is spending my hard-earned cash! 

The Cozy Critter is your one-stop-shop for all things doggie swag.  They have collars in different styles (martingale, buckle, etc), leashes in various lengths including couplers and training handles, harnesses (even for cats!), treat bags, scarves and more.  All of them can all be ordered in any one of their hundreds of fabric choices, which are all organized by category so you can easily find what you’re looking for.  Their “patriotic” category explains why Cooper found his new collar design so quickly.

I was actually pretty surprised that Cooper discovered Dog Tag Art before I did.  Once I found the site I got lost in the seemingly unending designs of pet ID tags. You can browse through hundreds of designs, or you can upload a photo and create your own.  Here’s the best part – all their tags are just $11.99! 

I was pleasantly surprised at the tag’s quality.  At such a bargain price, I expected it to be a little wimpy, but their tags are actually made of recycled steel coated with a polymer that makes them smooth like porcelain. The price of your tag includes four lines of text on the back, which Dog Tag Art guarantee for life – if the text ever becomes unreadable, they’ll replace your tag at no charge.

Well, if Cooper was going to insist on doing some online shopping without my approval, at least he has good taste!  And to top it off, he learned the meaning of the phrase “shop ’till you drop.” Being this stylish is exhausting!

Don’t forget to Vote for Cooper!  A $5 donation will get you one vote, or you can vote with $20 and get this super sweet T-shirt to show your support of your favorite candidate (ahem, which is COOPER, by the way):


Along with his presidential campaign, Cooper is also campaigning for a Furever Home of his very own!  If you’d like to add this presidential pup to your family, please fill out an adoption application with Agape Animal Rescue.



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How do you sleep like that??

I’m pretty sure that if Cooper somehow managed to fall asleep outside in the rain, he would drown.

This wouldn’t have been nearly as funny if he hadn’t heard the camera, turned to look at me, then go back to snoozing in this position.  This dog, I swear…even in his sleep, he’s a comedian!

PS. The polls are open…don’t forget to Vote for Cooper in Agape  Animals Rescue’s first ever Democracy for Dogs campaign!

Cooper is still looking for his furever family.  If you think you’ve  got what it takes to be Cooper’s People, please fill out an application with Agape Animal Rescue.



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Pooches for President!

“Momma, why are all the angry people on the tee-vee yelling at each other about other angry people?” 

“Well you see, Cooper, it’s an election year.  There are two men who both want to be in charge, but they have different ideas about the best way to do that.  All those people you see have each decided which man they like the best, and are trying to explain why they like that person.  That’s called Politics.”

“But why are they so angry? Isn’t there anything they can all agree on?”

“There probably is, Coop, but in Politics it seems that most people prefer to focus on their differences instead of their common ground.”

“Well, that’s silly!  I bet I could do poly-ticks better than any those people.  Heck, I already have the outfit, and I’ve got some ideas I bet everyone can agree on!  Let me see if some of my friends will do poly-ticks with me…”

After our conversation, Cooper has decided to enter the “ruff” and tumble world of politics – he’s thrown his hat collar in the ring for Agape’s Pooches for President Campaign

Cooper has chosen to run for the Re-pup-lican party, under the pseudonym Mutt Romney.  His slogan is “Go with Mutt, it’s clear cut!” and his platform is “No pup left behind.”  Now let’s meet the other candidates:

First is our incumbent candidate.  Smiley is running as a member of the Pee Party, with a platform of “Life, liberty and tummy rubs.”  Smiley’s campaign slogan is “Woof we can!” 

Finally, our Dog-ocratic candidate Sammie is going by Bark-rac Obama in this race.  Her slogan is “She’s on track, vote for Bark-rac!” and her platform is “A bone in every bowl.”


All three candidates have agreed to keep things pawsitive, and their campaigns all agree on the following fundamentals:

  1. Implementing a federal spay/neuter initiative
  2. Making dog fighting a felony
  3. Making chaining or tethering a felony 

With a shared platform like that, any one of these three pooches would be an excellent choice.  However we are clearly a little biased, so our vote is going to Cooper of course!   Oscar has even signed on as his campaign manager, and has tons of ideas to get Coop as much pawsitive press as possible over the next serveral months.

You can cast your vote for Cooper with a $5 donation, or a $20 donation for a vote and your very own Mutt Romney campaign t-shirt! Visit Agape Animal Rescue and make your voice heard: “Go with Mutt, it’s clear cut!”



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