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His Story

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Meet Dozer the Red Nose Pit Bull. A sweet, cuddly, loving, cute, intelligent, well behaved, kissable, huggable, squeezable, and understanding little boy. He’s 10 years old and he’s adoptable from the Owensboro Humane Society! Although he’s considered a senior he still acts like a 6 month old puppy. He loves playing dress up and gives the best hugs and kisses a pit can supply!
Back in 2006 he was chasing down the UPS man while he was delivering packages and when he turned around Dozer was sitting in his truck like “Where we gonna go? Huh? Huh?!” Well the UPS man brought him to Wills Animal Clinic and no one had claimed him so, he was brought to us.
I have to admit, I was rather scared of Dozer when I first met him. He just paced back and forth in his cage and every now and then looked up. I didn’t know if he was territorial or just flat out going to bite me if I tried to pet him. He’d get right up against the wall of the cage whenever i’d pass through and I would run through just to avoid any accidents.
I kind of avoided him until Ma reassured me that he was sweet and wouldn’t bite me so one day when Ma & I was walking the field passing out treats I held my hand out and Dozer sat down and put his head down. From that very first pet he’s been my best friend.
He has recognized and memorized both my car and truck and throws a hissy fit if I don’t immediately come and see him. LOL! Pits as we know have a bad rep, but you know, if you tell Dozer to “Attack” he’ll jump up on you and just kiss you to death. He’s learned all of his basic commands and more such as “Strike a pose” “Show your sweet side” and many more (photos will be posted at the end)
Although he is very sweet and very friendly he still needs some work, he doesn’t like cats and is iffy with dogs. Ma and I plan on working with him more and breaking him of it. Heck if we can teach an old dog new tricks I’m pretty sure we can teach him to love everything.
He LOVES going on long walks and runs! We go walking around Thompson Berry Park all the time and you know, we have talks and he understands how I feel and what I’m saying. I’ve talked to him about how much I miss Zen and was on the verge of tears he sat down put his paw on me so I sat down with him. He laid up against me and literally kissed away my tears. I love him to death and I wish Ma would let me adopt him.
In fact when Zen went missing we had a search party. I grabbed him and we walked 6 miles placing missing signs all over the neighborhood and asked residents if they had seen him. Zen knew Dozer pretty well and Dozer would leave his scent everywhere helping lead Zen back to the Humane Society. He still listened to me then too. I believe if I had went alone I would have just lost it and have to call someone to pick me up.
Dogs have a healing power mentally physically and spiritually & Dozer has helped just as I have helped him.
I hope to find him a great home for him to live out his days. He’s 70+ years old in dog years and is ready to retire.
Please open your hearts an consider adopting this big ol’ lug. If you cannot, please share him.

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   “Show your sweet side”

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“Strike a pose!”

Dozer is available at the Owensboro Humane Society.
3101 W. 2nd Street 

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Help! I’ve fallen in love and I can’t get up!

Imagine this-
One day you’re out and about and you see your local humane society or shelter having an adoption event and they have animals or pictures setting out. You see the cutest little cat or dog but you know you can’t have them yet you want to help them. What can you do to help?
There are a couple different ways to help out in the animal community!
1. Donate! Every cent can make a difference, every pound of food can help, every little thing you donate can help a shelter/HS in a HUGE way! I personally had a donation drive on my 16th birthday. I raised a little over 600 dollars and got lots of food paper towels liter collers treats toys etc. Although I wish I could have raised more it still helped out the Owensboro Humane Society and my friends had a lot of fun!

2. Sponsor a pet! Ask them if they have a sponsoring program. You can give weekly monthly or yearly! say you want to give 10 dollars a month to a furbaby in need, that 10 dollars can help get them food pay vet bills and much more. Its kinda like a little bank account for each animal.

3. Volunteer!!! Most shelters/hs are in need of volunteers year round! Whether you’re cleaning a cat box or giving a belly rub it helps out. Volunteering is rewarding all in all. You know you’re doing a good thing & its fun! I’ve been volunteering with the Owensboro Humane Society for 3 years as of March and although its had its ups and downs I regret nothing. (Well maybe not adopting a cat or two but they have great homes now)

If you don’t have enough time to volunteer every now and then you can always visit the facilities and look around.

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Looking for Sponsor/ Roomie!

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I plan on attending Barkworld in Atlanta during August. Here’s the problem though, although I get discounted rates for being a student (Ticket wise which I already have) I’m saving up money for an airplane ticket and hotel expenses. Being a 16 year old kid who makes minimum wage with no car (I only have my permit so I don’t really need one yet) I’m saving up all I can to attend. I’ve started saving since the day I got back from BlogPaws and i have about $90 saved up. I have all summer to help collect money too but it’d be a lot more helpful if I had a roommate to split a room with. Ma and Carma are coming too but I don’t know if Ma can pull together enough money for the both of us which is why i’m trying to save up. I’m also looking for sponsors, I can do reviews and publicizing for brands and everything. (I can create short videos for my youtube accounts which really pack up views http://www.youtube.com/elileoplurodaun & http://www.youtube.com/immabirdie )

If you’re interested email me at Sarah.allen@stu.daviess.kyschools.us

Also feel free to share this post. I love my Barkworld family and I love going to the conferences!

 

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Welcome

Hello and welcome to my new blog Young Hands and Paws. This blog is centered around reaching out to kids 18 and under to volunteer with animals and to teach people about pets. My main motto is Adopt, don’t shop (I even have a magnet that says so).

So hopefully you’ll stick with me after reading that short paragraph and let me introduce myself. My name is Sarah “Eli Leoplurodaun” Allen I’m currently 16 years old and I’ve been volunteering with the Owensboro Humane Society for 3 years now. My love for animals has started at a very young age, my mother even has a photo of me dressed up as a Dalmatian sitting next to my dogs Hank and Judy (who both passed away when I was young). I wasn’t even old enough to walk yet! I grew up in a house full of fur babies. I honestly believe I would go insane without wearing dog hair on me!

I have a couple fur babies at home and now its their feature time.
First off I have Carma. She’s my mother’s first alert service dog & she is the spokesdog of the Owensboro Humane Society. She’s a standard poodle but she was the runt of the litter so she’s a little smaller than the norm.  

We got her when she was 11 months old from a pitbull rescue. She was the bait dog for them and when we got her she was pink and blue! She was my Christmas present and I love her to death. She is a total diva. She loves dressing up and getting her nails painted but she loves running around in the mud too. Goofy girl, I wouldn’t trade her for the world.

Next is my chihuahua Scooby. A few years ago we thought he was a stray running around. We found out that he lived right up the road from us and took him home, well he’d come back once every 2 weeks to stop by and have a meal with us, then it became twice a week, then every day and he’d stay with us for long periods of time. Late last year his owner came to us in tears saying that she lost her house and had to move to a busy highway in Ohio County & she was afraid he’d get ran over. We agreed that we’d take care of him and now he’s my adorable little bratty brother. He used to run the street and want to play all the time but now you can hold him like a baby (he naturally turns over like that) and he just falls asleep. He’s also gained a lot of weight since he’s been ours xD

Now is Jenny Sue, she was 6 weeks old when we first got her. She believes she can talk, if you first meet her you’d probably think she was just growling. But if you listen closely you can hear her say basic sayings. She’s a sweet little Cavalier King Charles Spaniel who is 10 years old now. She’s blind and has been since she was 8. We don’t know why she went blind actually. She was a very stubborn pup. She’d tear up cigarettes and knock over my dad’s beer and Ma’s RC just so she could get a drink! Thankfully we got out of the puppy years alive. She’s much better now.

I love my sissy spaniel and I wouldn’t trade her for the world

I also have another Chihuahua named Zen but he’s been missing since October… I really don’t want to think about it since it might make me cry.

Now time for my small fur babies.

I have a gerbil named PB and a Guinea Pig named Ms. Piggy. My uncle gave me the gerbil when I was down in Florida last summer. PB isn’t afraid of anything really, he chases after my dogs when we put him in his ball. LOL! and Ms. Piggy was brought to the Owensboro Humane Society and since everyone was afraid the cats were going to kill her Ma decided to foster her and then she fell in love with Ms. Piggy. That was the end of that!

Ms. Piggy
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PB

So now you know about my furkids.
I also have a trillion fish but only like 4 of them have names.

Thank you for reading and I’ll be posting more soon!