Ginger May be a Dunce, But….

Ginger, a SharPei mix and adoptable rescue pet dog, from Granite Hills Animal Care in Granite Hills, Georgia.

Ginger is a SharPei mix, an adoptable dog in Granite Hills, Georgia, and a dunce.

I don’t know Ginger.  I’ll probably never know Ginger, because she’s in Georgia, and I’m in New York.  But, out of all the dog pictures I saw on Facebook and Pinterest this week, Ginger (at Granite Hills Animal Care) is the one that I’ll remember best.

I think it’s because her foster dad put a dunce cap on her with a computer pencil.

I don’t know how you could go past this photo without wondering about the story behind it.  I had to know.  So I read: Last year Ginger got spooked by a retractable leash and ran into the woods for the night.  All night.

Ginger is also a-scared of baths:

"Ginger is being extra clingy this morning. 
 You see. . . Lena got a bath and dip, Rosie got a medicated bath . . .

 Imma thinking that Ginger is thinking that she might possibly be next. . . ."

There are so many photos of gorgeous, sweet, adoptable dogs and cats out there, that the trick is to stop the eye long enough to linger over YOUR dog, and provoke a question. If a straight-ahead photo of your dog doesn’t do it, apply your own touch.


She hasn’t had much interest, ol’ Ginger, but I feel like I know her.  If I lived in Georgia and were looking for a dog, I would be inclined to ask about Ginger.  I like her.  And you can tell Ginger is well-loved by her foster, because he didn’t hesitate to put a dunce cap on her.

Read more about Ginger on her Adopt-a-pet page.

Andy Mathis is the vet who keeps a Facebook page for Granite Hills Animal Care, here. It’s quite entertaining and worth the befriending.  Shelter Pet Magazine, Andy’s publication, also has a Facebook presence.

CharlieDog and Friends' "Adopt" Collar Bracelets encourage adopting the family dog or cat

CharlieDog and Friends’ “Adopt” Collar Bracelet (“Bella”), is one of twelve Michael Miller print designs.

Don’t you love telling your rescue or adoption story? CharlieDog and Friends has twelve different “Adopt” collar bracelets that, when you wear them, make people ask!  Great as Mother’s Day gifts for ladies with children of the furry persuasion, they’re only $10.00, and we give $3.00 from every bracelet sold to our “Rescue of the Month”. 

Suzy Allman is the Chief Everything Officer of CharlieDog and Friends, a plush toy company dedicated to helping America’s shelter pets go home.  She’s also a sports photographer for The New York Times, where she tries to get the dwindling newspaper readership to pause for more than a second in the Sports section.


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“SECOND CHANCES”: Calgary Humane Society

Animal shelter and rescue advertising publicity campaign for Calgary Humane Society, a shelter for homeless animals in Calgary, Alberta, Canada

“Second Chances” is a publicity campaign for Calgary Humane Society that uses the dog’s (vulnerable) point of view to evoke some badass empathy.

Okay, while I know it’s currently out of style to project your own human emotions on your pet (see monologue, above, from the point of view of the dog), one of the beautiful things about pet ownership is the way it encourages, even increases our ability to empathize.

Go get her, Vulnerable Guy!

I just love this campaign from the Calgary Humane Society***.  We all know — or are, ourselves — people with faults.  And we know that dogs and cats, like people, aren’t perfect, no matter where they live or come from.  This campaign gets you thinking about the last time you felt so strongly about someone that you knew you were about to embark on a new course.  Pets do that to you.


PS:  In addition to having an engaging website and progressive schedule of activities (see their Kids For Animals Club!), Calgary Humane Society has an active Facebook page, Pinterest page, and you can of course follow them on Twitter.

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CharlieDog and Friends' "Adopt" Collar Bracelets encourage adopting the family dog or cat

CharlieDog and Friends’ “Adopt” Collar Bracelets, to encourage adopting the family dog or cat, or start the conversation!

***CharlieDog and Friends is sending Calgary Humane Society a whole bunch of our unique “Adopt” collar bracelets to sell or give away or use in their next fund-raiser.  Adjustable to your wrist and made of colorful, gorgeous, machine-washable Michael Miller fabrics, our bracelets are embroidered with the word, “Adopt” (like our design “Bella”, right).  And they look just like the collar your other family member wears!  There are 12 styles in all.

Know of a great campaign or publicity event to get dogs adopted faster?  Let us know and if we use it on this blog, we’ll send that organization a whole bunch of our bracelets!