We are so lucky to have such a diversity of breeds volunteering for us in the ARF! Reading Program. Today we sit down (Sit! Stay!) for a chat with Sadie, a border collie-heeler mix who was rescued by our volunteer, Karen Novak. Continue reading
Everybody knows that dogs are loyal buddies who’ll do anything for you (without the snooty superiority of cats), but assistance dogs definitely go above and beyond normal doggie duties. Not only will they provide cuddles, companionship, and kisses, but they’ll also help their human companions with disabilities and essential tasks, like helping a blind person navigate the outdoors or bring a phone to a person in a wheelchair.
And that’s why International Assistance Dog Week (IADW) was created—to recognize all of the assistance dogs who are hardworking and dedicated to helping their person mitigate the limitations caused by their disabilities. This year, the IADW is celebrated during the week of August 7-13. Continue reading
At All for Animals, we are so lucky to have a diverse range of breeds as our ARF! therapy dogs. This month, we’re talking to Audrey Joy, a Portuguese Water Dog, to find out what makes her tick. She took time out of her very busy schedule to talk to us—and thanks to her dog mom, Lynn, for letting her take the time!
Q: First of all, what IS a Portuguese Water Dog?
A: Thanks for asking! I’m so happy to be a Portuguese Water Dog, because our fur doesn’t make humans sneeze—we actually have real hair! My breed was once very useful in Portugal—we would swim and chase the fish into the fishermen’s nets. Unfortunately, they found some beepy thing to replace us dogs, which is sad, because that sounds like fun! Now we’re just awesome pets. Continue reading
I imagined the President and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) would be a kind and compassionate individual. What I didn’t realize was this person would take time out of his busy schedule to chat on the phone to little ol’ me.
But Wayne Pacelle is that person. Not only that, he was also so generous with his time he wrote a testimonial for Animals Have Feelings Too!, the children’s book written by Karen Lee Stevens, the Founder and President of All for Animals. I was lucky enough to talk with Wayne last month about his new book, The Humane Economy: How Innovators and Enlightened Consumers are Transforming the Lives of Animals. Continue reading
It’s time for our June ARF In the Spotlight dog, and this month it’s the lovely six-year-old Ellie. We caught up with her recently to ask her a few questions about her life and being an ARF dog. Here’s what she had to say:
Q: Is being an ARF dog your only job? Continue reading
“I’ve read your report, Ranger, and I’m afraid your numbers are terrible. No treats for you today.”
In my mind, this is what a dog boss would say to his dog employee if dogs went to work in an office. But then, I have an active imagination!
And even though dog executives aren’t having meetings about number of squirrels chased last quarter, there’s still an opportunity to get your dog in an office environment: Take Your Dog To Work Day. It’s on June 24th each year, and it’s coming up soon! Continue reading
My love of reading started early; so early, in fact, I can’t even remember learning to read. I had my nose stuck in a book most of my childhood, devouring every title that we had in our den, handed down to me from my two older sisters. My mother would tell me to go clean my room, only to find me an hour later in my messy room, engrossed in a book.
I remember being horrified that Persephone let all the evil out into the world, bewitched by enchanted princesses who danced the night away, and amazed by the Chinese fable about the boy who could hold the ocean in his mouth. When I graduated to novels, I cried for days after finishing books such as Where the Red Fern Grows and Watership Down, feeling like I’d lost actual friends. In my mind through the power of books, I rode the Black Stallion, discovered Narnia, lived with Laura Ingalls in the Little House on the Prairie, and uncovered the magic of The Secret Garden. Continue reading
This month’s In the Spotlight features Molly, a beagle mix who had a pretty tough life before ending up with a wonderful human here in Santa Barbara.
Q: Hi Molly! We hear you’ve been certified as a therapy dog.
A: Yes! I got certified through Love on a Leash last year. Now I volunteer as an ARF! (Animals + Reading = Fun!) therapy dog with my human, Elizabeth, at the Santa Barbara Public Library and at Santa Barbara City College during Dog Therapy Day. Continue reading
If there was ever a “National Day” we would have started ourselves, it’s National Kids and Pets Day. And since someone else had the great idea to get this day on the calendar, we are happy to both celebrate it and spread the word about it.
National Kids and Pets day, celebrated every year on April 26th, is a day dedicated to all that All For Animals stands for: furthering the wonderful bond between children and animals, educating the public about how children and pets should interact safely, and bring awareness about pets in shelters awaiting new homes. So, if we didn’t start this holiday, who did? Continue reading
Buttercup, a five-year-old Golden Retriever, is our Canine Ambassador and ARF! Therapy Dog of the month. And since February is the month of love, we encourage you to read about Buttercup and think about adopting a new furry friend of your own! Our Santa Barbara shelters are filled with dogs, cats, and even bunnies, waiting to find a loving home.
Recently, we interviewed Buttercup to find out more about what gets this gorgeous girl up and at ’em in the morning. It turns out, she’s more than just a pretty face… Continue reading