Archive for November, 2009

11/28/09 Dog Walking

Posted in Uncategorized on November 28th, 2009 by katie – Be the first to comment

I headed over to BARCS this morning to walk dogs for a few hours. I was really happy to see that several of the dogs I’d walked on Thursday had already been adopted, including Henne, Misty, and Coraline. There were a bunch more new “adopted” or “adoption pending” cards on the kennels, so I guess a lot of people had been in on Friday. There were lots of other volunteers there, and lots of adopters coming in and out, so it was busy but good. I played with Baby again, the little fawn colored pitbull girl, and she was just as sweet and cuddly as ever. Josie, another small pitbull girl was a little bit less shy of me this time but still unsure about the outdoors and the other barking dogs. I saw some adopters looking at Snow, the small all-white pitbull girl, so I hope she will be adopted.

Here’s a cute picture of Amiyah, who I also walked today:


Thanksgiving at BARCS

Posted in Uncategorized on November 26th, 2009 by katie – Be the first to comment

BARCS was open to volunteers this Thanksgiving morning so I decided to spend about 3 hours walking some really sweet, awesome dogs. I hadn’t been able to volunteer for a while and it was great to be back at BARCS. I was reminded again how much fun it is to play with these wonderful pups! Here are some of the dogs I walked (pictures taken from the profiles on the BARCS website)


Daze & Foxy


Pancha & Georgetown

One of the main dog kennel rooms was under construction but they had opened up one of the other back rooms that used to hold animal control cases. There were probably about 60-70 dogs total and I think I walked about 30 before I left a little after noon. When I arrived in the morning, I was the only dog walking volunteer for about an hour or so and I wasn’t sure how I was going to manage getting to everyone before they closed. But luckily over the next few hours, at least five other volunteers showed up so I was very grateful, and I am confident that they were able to finish up getting to every dog.

My main objectives when I do dog walking is to get the dogs to a) go to the bathroom b) burn up some pent up energy c) practice walking on a leash and d) interact with me. These things are usually accomplished in this order. When I bring a dog out of the kennel, it is usually pretty ramped up because it hasn’t been out for 1-2 days and all the other dogs are barking and carrying on as we walk down the row of kennels. Once we’re outside, they usually go a bit haywire because I’m sure it’s a blast of smells and sounds.

One dog that I took out today, an all white pitbull named Snow, just froze as soon as we got outside. She looked around, ears on high alert, and just snorted in each direction, not sure what to make of the world. There was a big squeaky train going by, cars going overhead nearby on the interstate ramp, and a Ravens game in the football stadium just a few blocks away. After a few moments I crouched down to her level and called her to me, and she came right over and curled up against me, licking my chin. I love how the pitties like to do that :-) We stayed that way for a quite a while, just sort of hugging while she took it all in. After a few minutes, she must have suddenly gotten up the courage to play, because when I stood up she started bounding around giving me play bows, ready for some action. It was so cute!

Another memorable guy I played with was named Henne. He *loved* playing fetch in the fenced-in play area and was quite sneaky with the tennis ball. He would lie down on top of it and give me a side-long glance out the corner of his eye, but when I snuck up on him, his wagging tail gave him away. Then I’d trick him into rolling onto his back for a belly rub, and then snatch up the ball and toss it so that he would go bounding after it. He had a great big wide head and chest, like a bulldog so the goofy grin he wore just looked hilarious. After about 15 minutes he just sprawled out on the grass like a big lump. This picture just about sums him up; I’m sure that the camera man had to run ahead up ahead to try to snap this action shot photo:



Several other major snugglers were Coraline and Baby (both mini-sized pitbulls, fawn colored and super cute and cuddly), and Stouffers (an all white fuzzy shepherd mix – named after mashed potatoes?). They all just wanted to be held and rubbed. I didn’t see pictures of them posted on the website yet but if I do I’ll have to share. It was all I could do to stop myself from bringing them all home.

Spike and Misty are two “oldies but goodies” which are available for free adoption because they are over the age of 7. Spike is 7 years old and Misty is 9. Both were total sweethearts and very well behaved on our walks. I really hope someone will give these sweeties a nice place to retire.


Spike & Misty

Spike featured in the Baltimore City Paper

Posted in Uncategorized on November 19th, 2009 by katie – Be the first to comment

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Spike is a shepherd/golden retriever mix with a great smile who is available for adoption at BARCS.  In order to promote his adoption we are waiving the adoption fees!  Included with the adoption are spay/neuter surgery; vaccinations for rabies, DHLPP and bordatella; de-worming, a flea preventative, a general examination, a food sample, and even a month of free health insurance.

Spike is a very sweet fellow, even during his vet exam. Plus he is…
- good on leash
- affectionate
- understands “sit”
- “smiles” alot; always looks happy
- likes toys and runs toward toy when you throw it

7 years old and 74 lbs. He would do best in a house without cats, as he doesn’t like them.

Thanksgiving Adoption Specials at BARCS

Posted in Uncategorized on November 19th, 2009 by katie – Be the first to comment



From the BARCS website:

The Baltimore Animal Rescue & Care Shelter (BARCS) is celebrating Thanksgiving by making it easier for Baltimore area residents to add a loving animal companion to their household.  BARCS is looking for permanent homes for hundreds of wonderful dogs and cats at our shelter.

As we all spend time with family and friends during the Thanksgiving holiday, we hope you will remember BARCS, and plan to visit us and adopt one of our amazing animals looking for a forever home.  For the Thanksgiving holiday period, BARCS is cutting the normal fees in half to just $30 – effective November 23 – 29, 2009.

Adoption fees include spaying and neutering, rabies vaccination, DHLPP vaccination, bordatella, de-wormer, flea preventative, a general examination, a food sample, and Felv testing for cats and kittens.  There is an additional $10 fee for Baltimore City residents for a city license.

To adopt an animal from BARCS, stop by the shelter at 301 Stockholm Street, Baltimore (across from  M&T Bank Stadium), call at 410-396-4695 or visit BARCS online:  The shelter is open for adoptions Monday through Friday from 2 pm to 6 pm, and Saturdays and Sundays from 11 am to 4 pm.  The shelter will be closed on November 26 in observance of Thanksgiving.

See many (but by no means all) of the available pets here

Poinsettia Sale benefits BARCS animal shelter

Posted in Uncategorized on November 19th, 2009 by katie – Be the first to comment

poinsettia_sale_logo-2009From the BARCS website:

BARCS is the second largest animal shelter in the State of Maryland, taking in over 40 animals every day. Please help us help them!

Order beautiful holiday poinsettias from BARCS to benefit the shelter’s Spay and Neuter program. Sign up for 12 or more and BARCS will deliver them to your home or office, just in time for the holidays.

Your purchase will help curtail the overpopulation of unwanted cats and dogs in Baltimore City. And the big, gorgeous red and white poinsettias are a true bargain — 25% off the florist’s retail price!

The poinsettias come in either a $15 Medium size (7” pot, standing 17” with 10-15 flowers) or a $30 Jumbo size (10” pot, standing 26” tall with over 20 flowers).We added a couple of extra days to place your order, but orders must be pre-paid by THIS MONDAY – November 23rd.

Orders can be placed by mail or online at

Aw :-)

Posted in Uncategorized on November 16th, 2009 by katie – Be the first to comment


This baby is Chantal, and she is featured in the Baltimore City Paper’s Gimme Shelter feature this week!

Click here

MD State Parks to open up more areas to pets

Posted in Uncategorized on November 15th, 2009 by katie – Be the first to comment

From the Active Dog email mailing list:
The Maryland Park Service has proposed some extensive changes to their pet policies that could potentially open up many trails and other public areas to those of us who want to enjoy these beautiful areas in the company of our dogs.
They are currently seeking public comment.  So please take a look at the new policies and let them know what you think.
Proposed policy changes:
Comment form:
(comments accepted until November 30, 2009)
In a quick review, I was especially happy to see proposed changes for the Patapsco Valley State park. We recently enjoyed a beautiful walk along the dog-friendly Grist Mill Extension trail, but because of the current pet restrictions in the park, were not allowed to park our cars inside the park to access the trail.
These changes can open up many new areas to explore.  Please tell our park service that we appreciate their efforts to give dog hikers more access to Maryland public lands.
And please share this with your friends and other pet lovers!