My precious girl! I love taking pictures of her when she is sleeping. She looks so innocent… Those who know the Puppacino, know she is anything but innocent!
Sorry I missed posting Pet of the Week last week, but here are my choices for this week!
Could this little girl be any cuter? Look at her big brown puppy eyes and those wonderful, pricked up ears! Wanita is a 1-year-old, 33 pound Pitt Bill mix. She was found as a stray and brought to Lollypop Farm in the hopes she will find a loving forever home. She is a bit on the shy side, but once she warms up to you, she’s a lover. Wantia and her adopter will have to enroll in training classes. She is eager to please and training classes will help build a solid relationship. You will receive a discount on your first course with Wanita. A home with children over the age of 16 is recommended. Wanita needs to meet all family members, dogs included. Come out and meet this cutie with a curl in her tail…she’s looking for a family willing to give her the time and attention she deserves!
This 4-month-old kitten is sweet and sassy! Roxi was surrendered with her littermates and spent some time in a foster care home while they grew big enough be adopted. When she is awake, Roxi is a girl on the go. She busies herself with chasing toys at top speed, attacking bugs, playing with the dog’s tail, putting those pesky pens back on the floor where they belong, and helping with your spelling when typing up a messx9aijge. (See what I mean?) But Roxi’s need for speed doesn’t keep her from cuddling up on your lap, or your shoulder, for a bit to purr and get some much needed one-on-one time. Roxi has a heart murmur, so her adopters will need to speak with our veterinarian to understand what that means. No matter what, she’ll definitely keep you laughing, give you love, and make a great family member.
October is Adopt-a-Dog Month, and Lollypop Farm is aiming to find homes for 175 of them before it’s over! Each week, they’ll pick their “Top Dogs.” Their adoption fees will be just $75! Plus, anyone who adopts a canine friend in October will receive a 10%-off coupon for the Lollypop Shop and a free bag of food. You’ll also be entered ingiveaways for great prizes for your pooch. Read more…
Molly is a 4-year-old Retriever mix who is happy to see the end of the summer! In July, she was found as a stray in Lima and brought to Lollypop Farm. After arriving at Lollypop Farm she gave birth! Molly and her puppies went into foster care while the puppies were nursing. Now that she knows her puppies have been adopted into good homes she is ready to find her own loving forever home. Molly is a great dog who is eager to please and responds well to treats and praise. She can use some help learning how to walk on a leash and might benefit from training classes. Training classes are a wonderful way to build your relationship with your dog, and you will receive a discount on your first course with Molly. Come out and meet this nice girl…she can’t wait to find a good home where she is loved and well cared for!
Silas is a 3-year-old male cat who weighs 12.5 pounds. He was found as a stray in Canandaigua and brought to Lollypop Farm. His family never claimed him, so now he’s interviewing potential adopters! Silas is super friendly and has become a staff favorite! He’s a very playful and affectionate cat. Silas loves getting attention and being petted. This sweetie will even give you kisses to show his appreciation. Silas has a bit of a bossy paw, when you stop petting him, he will tap your hand with his paw to ask for more! Since Silas was a stray, we don’t know anything about his history–but we do know he’s a wonderful cat.
Casper and Amber, the dog and cat from last week, were adopted! And, during the two-day Cat-to-School Special last weekend, 98 homeless cats and kittens were adopted to new, loving homes!
Don’t forget this weekend is Barktober Fest 2011!
Saturday, September 24, 2011
8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Egypt Park (Next to Lollypop Farm)
Now entering its 14th year, Barktober Fest 2011 is Greater Rochester’s most popular event for pet lovers! Over 2,000 people and their pets will come together at Egypt Park near Lollypop Farm on September 24th for the 5-mile race, 1.5 mile nature walk and pet festival in an effort to raise $136,500 to support homeless and abused animals in our community.
In addition to the race and walk, the day-long festival includes dog competitions, vendor booths, kid’s activities, food, demonstrations, and more. This is one pet-friendly event you won’t want to miss!
Casper is an 11-year-old white German shepherd/Husky mix who weighs 58 pounds. He was brought to Lollypop Farm because his previous owner didn’t feel he was getting the attention he deserves. This elegant gentleman is a very sweet dog who walks well on his leash, likes to be petted and take treats ever so gently. A home with children over the age of 10 would be best for Casper due to his size and age. He is available in the Seniors-for-Seniors program, so adopters age 60 and older can take him home free of charge! Casper is waiting with his paws crossed for a nice, comfortable home where he can spend his golden years. Come and meet this beautiful boy today!
Amber is a sleek 2-year-old cat with a beautiful silvery gray fur coat. She was found with her two kittens and brought to Lollypop Farm in the hopes they would all find loving forever homes. Amber’s kittens have been adopted, so now it’s her turn! She’s a very sweet and loving girl. Amber is a quiet cat who loves to have her head scratched. Her gentle kneading shows how much she loves the attention. Please consider adopting Amber and giving her a fresh start. She will make a wonderful companion…you’ll wonder how you ever managed without her!
Lollypop Farm is having a Cat-to-School Special on Friday, September 16, and Saturday, September 17, all cats who are one year and older will be completely free of charge at all four of their adoption centers during regular hours. Cats younger than one year will be available to adopt for just $99.
They currently have almost 500 homeless cats and kittens in their care, so new homes are urgently needed. This is the perfect time to add a feline friend to your household.
As always, each cat or kitten adoption includes:
- Spaying and neutering
- Feline leukemia testing
- Vaccinations and deworming
- A certificate for a free health exam
- A 30-day gift of pet health insurance
- Advantage flea-control treatment
- Free behavior advice
Visit one of thier four adoption locations to meet the wonderful cats and kittens available, or, if you can’t add a cat to your family right now, please help spread the word by telling your friends and family about this great deal on cat adoption!
View the wonderful adoptable cats available at the main shelter in Fairport and the adoption centers at PetSmart in Henrietta, The Mall at Greece Ridge, and Pet$aver Healthy Pet Superstore in Greece.
The Cat-to-School Special was made possible through a grant from the ASPCA.
Here is the final entry for my top five highlights at BlogPaws. I’d love to know what some of your favorite things were from BlogPaws…leave me a comment below. I can’t wait to get to next years conference in Salt Lake City, Utah…hope to see you there!
2. Breakout Sessions
Over the course of the conference, I went to seven breakout sessions. I live tweeted from all of them, so you can check out my twitter feed @puppaccino if you’re interested in reading all of the takeaways from each session I attended. The two I enjoyed the most were Demystifying Search Engine Optimization (August 26) and Authentic Influence: How to Use Social Media to Expand Your Influence & Grow Your Business or Blog (August 27).
I personally want to thank Lena West’s assistant for booking her into the wrong hotel! Originally, SEO Optimization and Authentic Influence were scheduled at the same time. Due to the error, the BlogPaws organizers thought Lena wasn’t able to make it to Virginia because of the hurricane and cancelled her session. Had she been there, I would not have attended SEO Optimization and would have missed out on a great presentation.
I learned a lot about how to improve SEO from Michael Ayalon of Pet Web Designer. A few of his tips included: have your own self-hosted blog with your own URL; the more frequently you update your site the more often Google spiders will index it; have key words in your page titles (www.blogname.com/key-words-in-your-title); encourage people to leave comments on your blog post; use target key words in the text of your blog post, meta tags and post title; and Google will tell you what people are searching for at the following URL: https://adwords.google.com/select/KeywordToolExternal!
Lena West of Influence Expansion was engaging and shared her proven approach to building influence. It was really a treat to be a part of this session. She explained that having influence means you’re able to get a group of people to do something when you ask them to do it. Influence doesn’t happen overnight, you have to work at it. To develop your influence be yourself, engage with your followers, and in the world of social media it’s essential to be consistent and not drop off the map for weeks at a time. Once you have influence you can write your own rules providing a little more flexibility. The best thing about influence is it drives everything else – it will drive your SEO, traffic to your blog, the potential to earn money and much more. And most importantly, be who you are because you won’t expand your influence if you aren’t being yourself! Check out Lena’s website, www.influenceexpansion.com and download 76 Ways to Expand Your Influence, you won’t be disappointed!
1. BlogPaws Community!
My favorite part of the conference was meeting all of the amazing people who attended BlogPaws! This is a special group of people and I’m honored to be a part of this community!
3. ACES Workshop
I had the privilege of attending a special three-hour “blogger edition” of the Animal Center Education Services (ACES) workshop offered at the Helen Woodward Animal Center (HWAC) in Ranch Santa Fe, California. During this special edition of the workshop, P&G Pet Care brought Mike Arms (HWAC president), Krissie Newman (animal advocate and vice president of the Ryan Newman Foundation) and Angela Morris (P&G Pet Care) together to share proven and effective ways to find families for orphaned pets.
This workshop was fantastic and I’m so excited to be able to share some of the information I learned with Lollypop Farm! The absolute best tidbit from this workshop was from Mike Arms. He told us about an adoption event to increase the adoption rate of black cats: Me and my Shadow. If you adopt a cat during this event you can take home a black cat for free! Since I have a black cat, I absolutely love this idea. I hate that black cats have lower adoption rates because of silly myths or the idea that they aren’t as pretty as other varieties of cats. Black cats are wonderful, beautiful creatures who have just as much love and affection to give!
Thank you P&G Pet Care.
Check back tomorrow for #2 (and maybe #1) on my list of BlogPaws Top Five Highlights!
This week, I picked an adorable rat terrier named Ziggy. He’s been up for adoption for three weeks, which surprises me since he is a so cute and little! My cat pick is Momma, a beautiful tiger cat.
Ziggy is an eight-year-old male Rat terrier mix who weighs ten pounds. He was found as a stray in Holley, New York and brought to Lollypop Farm where he’s waiting to find the forever home he deserves. We don’t know much about Ziggy’s past, but we do know he loves people. Ziggy enjoys the attention of shelter volunteers, especially when they take him for a walk! This little guy would do best in a home with children over the age of 16 as he is a bit fearful of quick movements. Ziggy is eligible for our Seniors-for-Seniors program, so adopters age 60 and older can take him home free of charge! If you are interested in meeting this little guy, bring the whole family out, including any resident dogs to make sure they will be friends. Come and meet Ziggy today–he just might end up being your new BFF!
Momma is a 2-year-old female cat with a beautiful brown tiger coat. She was brought to Lollypop Farm because the landlord would not allow her previous owner to keep her. Momma is, in fact, a mother who was brought to Lollypop Farm with her kittens. Her kittens have all been adopted, now it’s Momma’s turn to find a loving forever home! Momma had a difficult time adjusting to life at the shelter, so she has been living in a foster home where she loves to watch the world go by her window. This pretty girl has lived with both cats and dogs before, though she really isn’t terribly fond of dogs. Do you have room in your home and your heart for this calm kitty? Please email Karib@lollypop.org today to make an appointment to meet Momma.
As I mentioned last week, Bear and Chocolate were both adopted! Genny, the dog from the week before was adopted too! Wedge, the cat from my very first Pet of the Week post, is still patiently waiting for a new home. He has been at Lollypop Farm since May. If you know anyone in the Rochester, NY area looking for a wonderful boy, tell them about Wedge!
4. Disney’s Spooky Buddies!
BlogPaws was chosen for the first press screening in the country for Disney’s Spooky Buddies! How fun is that?! Disney rolled out the red carpet for us! We got to see the movie, participate in a Q&A session with the director, meet the actors (cute, furry golden retriever puppies) and they gave us more swag! The movie was lots of fun and will be a perfect treat for the whole family when it’s released on Disney Blu-ray Combo Pack & DVD September 20th. Check out the movie trailer!
Check back on Friday for #3 on my list of BlogPaws Top Five Highlights!