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                                                     10 Things I've Learned From My Dogs:

                                    1- It's okay to remain shower-free for long periods of time
                                    2- Shaking your ass does get attention
                                    3- Stalking is an acceptable behavior, esp. when food is involved
                                    4- Napping is good anytime of the day
                                    5- Non-stop talking will get you what you want
                                    6- You can actually sleep with only 50% of your body on the bed
                                    7- Daycare isn't just for kids
                                    8- Love comes in all shapes and sizes
                                    9- It's okay to pee outdoors


                                    10- Individuality makes us all special
 
Hi paws and peeps,
It's DogMa here. Been a bit under the weather with some sort of mutant sinus infection.
No worries, I'm on the upswing and Tutu Tuesday will be back this coming week.
In the meantime, check out this pawmazing story written by our pal Mr. Buddy Rose.
It is a touching, powerful piece that shows how love does not discriminate.
Buddy is a Pit Bull type dog.
If Breed Specific Legislation (BSL) existed in his town,
Buddy would not have been able to help this little girl.
Please give it a read and share with others how Buddy is a very good boy.
xoxo,
DogMa
                                              Sunshine & Me -- by Mr. Buddy Rose

Almost a year ago I met a little girl named Sunshine. She was very, very shy and really scared of me and my older sister, Mollie the Mini-Schnauzer. When I first met her, she hid behind her foster parents and would not come close to me. After seeing her several times, I realized her life was a lot like my own.

You see, in June of last year, Sunshine was a foster child in the care of my neighbors. She’s a beautiful little 6-year-old whose life had not always been the best. Neglected, possibly abused, Sunshine had been taken from her biological mother by the courts. She suffers from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

I started seeing Sunshine pretty regularly on my walks and slowly, so slowly she learned she could toss me treats and I would catch them. Soon, she would learn to feed me treats from her hand. Later, she would sit on the grass with me and pet me or I would roll over and she would give me tummy rubs. Her foster parents said that after she saw me or spent time with me, she would calm down and not be so scared. Sunshine does not care that I am a pit bull, she just loves me. She gave me a nick-name. To Sunshine, I will forever be her “Football-Head.”

I gave her a framed picture of me which she keeps on her night-stand. She tells me she kisses my picture every single night and tells my picture, “I love you Football-Head.” I gave her a necklace with my picture on it. She has her necklace on every time I see her. Her foster parents say she can’t wear it to school but as soon as she gets home she has to put her “Football-Head” necklace on.

For almost a year there has been a lengthy court battle. Sunshine’s foster parents wanted to adopt her & some of Sunshine’s extended biological family was not happy about this adoption. During this time, I would visit Sunshine a couple of times a week – or if she needed me, she would come to my house and visit me. Sunshine and me, we didn’t care about any legal processes. We just wanted to play or sit in the grass.

Sunshine talked about me in court.  I guess she talked about me so much that her foster dad finally had to tell the judge that “Football-Head” would not be able to testify because dogs are not allowed to testify in adoption cases. I really don’t think I would have to say anything in court, just hanging out with my friend Sunshine should be enough for anyone to see how much we love each other.

After a very lengthy court-battle and saying good-bye to Sunshine several times because we thought she would not get to stay with her foster parents, this story has a happy ending. I will get to see Sunshine all of the time now. Sunshine was adopted last week by her foster parents – my neighbors! Because of me, Sunshine may one day get her own PTSD dog to help take care of her. Until then, she has me.

I am not a Therapy Dog or a Service Dog. Who knows? Maybe one day I will be. For now, I yam just very, very happy to be Sunshine’s Football-Head.

I yam Mr. Buddy Rose and I yam a very good boy.
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Sunshine drew a picture of Buddy

(Published on Buddy's website and in June 2013 "Milo Sez" End Breed Specific Legislation Newsletter. If you would like to receive this newsletter by email please visit Milo's World.)


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For more information on Buddy, check out his:
Website
Facebook page
Twitter

For more information on Pit Bulls, Check out Pit Bull Rescue Central's:
Website
Facebook Page

 For more information on Breed Specific Legislation, check out Stop BSL's:
Website

Facebook page
 
Bella and Harriet practice their skills every day for relay event.
Go Team SWD!

Until the next practice session...
Harriet Tubman is on the ball.
 
The Beast's tail always dances to the sound of DogMa's voice.
Check it out.
Smiles and giggles guaranteed.
 
The Sleeps with Dogs fundraiser comes to an end this weekend,
but it's not too late to order some pawsome swag from Bully Mart and PetHub.
Get yourself some sweet SWD bracelets, key chain, decal or  get a BSL BITES bracelet or tag.
When you're done hooking yourself up, 
head on over to PetHub and get your pooch a supaw cool tag!
The money raised will go to dogs in need. 
Is there anything more wooferrific?!
Our pals at Bully Mart are donating a portion from each sale. 
So, the more purchases, equals more money going to dogs in need. 
Check out what Bully Mart has to offer by clicking on the link: 
SWD FUNDRAISER

Our peeps at PetHub are offering a pawmazing deal for the SWD Fundraiser. 
Till the end of March, you can order PetHub's tags for 20% off the price... 
AND (DogMa's fav part) they will donate 20% of each order to our fundraiser. 
There are lots of cool tags to chose from. 
 Click on the link to order: Shop PetHub
and use code: SWD20 to receive the 20% discount.
Where will the SWD fundraising money go?

When you order a SWD fundraiser item from Bully Mart and PetHub,  
you will be helping this mom and her baby girl. 
The stray pregnant Pit Bull was rescued by an amazing couple in North Georgia, 
just a few days before giving birth. 
They named the mom Mia and and her only puppy, Myrical.

Mia and Myrical are two of the dozen homeless dogs rescued by Shasta and Rick Matthews. 
You may have also seen a post on our Facebook page about a deaf boy named Casino 
and a starving boy, now named Lucky
They were also rescued by Shasta and her husband. 

Shasta and Rick are not a 501c rescue yet, but will be one day. 
They are, however, legit -- the real deal. 
Check out their open group on Facebook:
Matthews Animal Rescue
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Mia and Myrical
Shasta and Rick are just a young couple with two small children 
who care deeply about these otherwise discarded animals. 
They are on a very limited income and yet 
the animals and children always come first in their house. 

Shasta wrote this about the photo below:

 Cuddle bugs.. I bet most people can't say they can bring this many dogs in
that have been abused and thrown out to the streets 
and everyone of them love each other my kids, myself and my husband. 
And this isn't even all of them. 
We didn't save them they saved us...

I have chosen Shasta and Rick 
to receive half the money raised in the SWD Fundraiser 
(the amount will be matched by me, DogMa). 
The other recipient will be a local Pit Bull rescue,
chosen by SWD fans through a Facebook vote.

From the bottom of my heart, 
thank you for supporting Sleeps with Dogs
and dogs in need.
xoxo,
DogMa
 
Hey Pals - it's the Beast here. 
DogMa appears to be having a ruff time deciding on a SWD tagline.
She recently sent out a plea for help where peeps sent some pawsome suggestions,
but good ol' obsessive DogMa can't commit to any of them.
So please, try to come up with some more ideas. 
I am begging y'all.
Oh and DogMa says, offer still holds...
paw or peep who's tagline is selected 
will get a supaw cool SWD care package!
Ready.
Set.
GO.

Bow wow for now,
Bella the One-Eye Beast

P.S. DogMa says she really appreciates the help and she wuffs you all.


 
The pawsome Lady Bug The Pibble Mix held a contest on Facebook called 
Through My Eyes,
asking peeps to show how your furbabies SEE our world.
Piggie and Bella got in on the action
and wanted to share their impawtant messages with you all.
xoxo,
DogMa

For more information on Lady Bug The Pibble Mix, check out her:
Facebook Page

*Special thank you to Mr. Buddy Rose's pawmazing mom for creating these masterpieces*
 
Hey Paws and Peeps -- DogMa is asking for your help!
You see, Sleeps With Dogs needs a simple, catchy, fun tagline and I'm at a loss.
So here's the challenge: Woof at us with as many tagline suggestions as you want.
If we select yours as the new SWD tagline,
you'll get a pawsome gift of gratitude from DogMa and the SWD Crew.
On your bark,
get set,
GO.


Can't wait to read all the pawtastic tagline entries.
Thanks for your pawsistance - We heart y'all. 
xoxo,
DogMa
 
In the spirit of the howliday season,
we are giving away a Shelter Angels Pit Bull Rescue 2013 calendar.
There is pittie eye candy featured each month of the year,
including our very own Piggie starring as Miss May.
And the best part, 
The proceeds from this pawsome work of art
go directly to Piggie's former rescue,
Shelter Angels Pit Pull Rescue in Atlanta.

See below for details on how to enter...
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Miss May
Here are the simple instructions to enter giveaway:
In the comments section at the end of this post, 
add a comment with your dog's favorite nickname,
along with your email address.
 That's it. Supaw easy, right?
On December 26th, the winner will be randomly selected from the entries. 
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*Calendar comes pawtographed by Miss Piggie May*
For more information on Shelter Angels Pit Bull Rescue, check out their:
Website
Facebook Page

For more information on Shelter Angel's Pit Bull Rescue Calendar and to purchase calendars, check out:
Website
Facebook Page
 
When the pawsome PetHub folks asked me to rep for them at BarkWorld,
 the social petworking conference held in Atlanta, 
I immediately said yes. 
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PetHub swag in BarkWorld bag of goodies
PetHub's motto is - Protect. Share. Nurture. - and that is exactly what they do 
with their pawtastic state of the art digital tags and online protection plan.
Both Piggie and the Beast wear PetHub's ScruffTag Collars and love them. 
Check out SWD's PetHub Review to see why.

On Friday (10/26/02), with my PetHub tee shirt on, Piggie and I set out for BarkWorld.
Here is our report.
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This tee shirt says it all about PetHub
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Pig makes a grand entrance on the red carpet with her PetHub ScruffTag Collar and of course, a tutu.
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Bloggers, companies and social influencers
We met a lot of supaw cool people and paws and chatted about the pawsomeness that is PetHub.
The Pig and I yapped all day (well the Oinker mainly demanded belly rubs) 
and had a blast talking about PetHub's guest blogging programs. 
If you received info from me, please contact PetHub. 
For those bloggers I was unable to hound, 
please contact PetHub if you're interested in pursuing guest blogging opportunities
or contact me at swdhouse@gmail.com and I'll hook you up with the info.
PetHub is pawtastic and totally cool and has the DogMa seal of pawroval.
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Carma Poodale rocks her PetHub ScruffTag Collar
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Jasmine gives a barkout to PetHub

For More Information on PetHub, check out the following links:
Website
Facebook
Twitter

xoxo,
DogMa