Homeward Bound to My Furever Family

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Hi, I’m Frida and I am a delightful and darling deaf dachshund. I recently found my forever happy home and I’m discovering new adventures every single day! Here’s a “tail” of my very first day with my new dad!

 When I arrived at my new house, there was a nice fella with a long white beard there to greet me! I know what you’re thinking… it’s Santa Claus!  Well, I’ll do you one better!  That man is now my new dad, Theo, and we are having a blast together. I took a good, long sniff around the house and was even introduced to a kitty cat, who seemed like she had no bones about me.

 My dad found a chew toy for me to run around and play with, and that is just what I decided to do. After a while, I became sleepy, so I decided to catch some z’s in my cozy new bed by my dad’s office desk.

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 After snoozing, I decided to find a safe spot for my toy.  So, I went on a hot pursuit, looking for the perfect hiding place.

 Under the dining room chair? No, too obvious. Dad would probably find it.

Near Miss Cat? Definitely not!

 Aha! At last, I found the perfect spot… under the covers of my dog bed, of course!  But, just as I was burying the treasured toy, I caught a glimpse of my dad watching me this whole time! Doggone it! Strike one…on to a new hiding spot. With a little more sniffing and hunting, I think I found the most ideal and secret location. Okay, I’ll tell you, but make sure you don’t tell a soul!  Shhh… it’s outside between the big rubbery snow tires and the tall wooden fence. Whew… after all that work my little legs became tired, so I decided to take a quick siesta. Wasn’t that a good idea?

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 All I could dream about was my new toy! Waking from my nap, the first thing on my mind was to grab my toy! But don’t you worry, I remembered exactly where I put that fluffy thing! I briskly trotted in the house and over to my dog bed, to find… nothing! *Gasp* I looked to my dad and said, “Hmm, that’s strange. I could have sworn I put it here.” Back outside I go to hunt down my buried treasure. Now where did I put that thing?

In the flower pot? Nope.

On the porch? No, not there.

 Alas, I found it!  Right where I left it!  Silly me!  I cautiously took my toy back to my bed for a chew break. Then, I beelined it to the backyard to find the perfect spot to bury my toy once again. The first three spots weren’t quite right, but the fourth spot was perfect!  I toss my toy to the bottom of a hole where a plant once laid. “This time, I won’t forget where I placed you”, I said to my toy.

 I went out for a short walk and built up an appetite. I ate dinner and aimed straight for my bed.

This time, as I laid down, slowly dozing off to sleep, I told my dad, “this will work out just fine.”

Amy Yasukawa, SVPP's summer intern, helped Frida scribe her blog.

 

My Visit with Pawpular Pups at PetCon

Hi, I’m Chief!  Let me tell you about a pawsitively perfect event I attended, called PetCon. It was an enormous, fun and pet-focused convention held last month in Los Angeles.  I was one lucky boy as my mom, Ashley, took me along with a few of my pup friends. And let me tell you, I have never seen so many dogs in one place! There were a lot of four-legged friends like me, both big and small, and of course, many two-legged human friends as well.

What is PetCon you might ask? Well, our new intern, Amy, interviewed me about my experience at the event!

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What was your favorite part of PetCon?

My favorite pawrt about PetCon was the food! My mom took me to a booth that created my face with a pancake! I had to model and stay still while they were drawing me with pancake batter. And boy, did it smell yummy! The finished product looked like me, but less furry and less handsome.

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Did you meet any of your four-legged celebrity idols?

Ever heard of Bush’s baked beans? Well, I got to meet the famous Duke (@itsdukebush) himself! I would consider him one of my idols because he gets to be around those good smelling beans all the time! I tried to get the famous recipe, but the Bush family secret is still safe!

Did you meet any other impressive friends?Y

Yes, of course! There was a pup that pushed around a shopping cart, which would be amazing to master so I could go grocery shopping once in a while! I also saw Louboutina (@louboutinanyc), the famous hugging golden retriever. I also give great hugs, and kisses too!

What activities did you participate in at PetCon?

There were so many activities to do at the convention! I got to sit on a comfy couch, which made me feel like the “Chief” of Police. I met a nice lady, I think my mom called her a psychic reader. She told my mom all about my past (before I was adopted), and also told her what makes me happy! I posed for countless photos with new friends -- the pawparazzi were everywhere! My mom got to chat with numerous two-legged friends, vendors, and panelists at the convention as well. There were food trucks and even artists who drew a cartoon version of me!

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Oh, before I forget, did you know I’m on Instagram? I’m famous! It’s @thetravelsofchief, so use those paws to add me, because I’m what you may call, a social butterfly and love meeting new friends!

Well, hope you enjoyed reading about my adventures at PetCon!

Xoxo,

Chief

Editor’s Note: Amy Yasukawa, SVPP’s summer intern, worked closely with Chief on his blog — even scribing as he described his PetCon experience.  

I want to be your Hero!

Who do you know that loves a snuggle as much as a walk, a ride as much as a nap, a cat as much as a dog (or person!), and alone time as much as some company?

It’s me, Hero. I’m a 12-year old Chihuahua mix and I’m every bit the wonderful companion pet that you could hope for and love!

I was surrendered to the shelter because of my age, but I’m the very best a 12-year-old could be. In fact, my foster mom says 12 is the new 10!

I’m perfectly house trained and crate trained, and will make you proud with my grasp of basic commands.

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And, oh, does your demanding schedule make you worry about adoption? Honestly (and if I can say so myself!), I’m the ideal pet for someone with a busy lifestyle. I’m super happy when you’re home and also perfectly content to bide my time with some R&R when you’re out! In fact, “nap” could be my middle name. I’m happy to co-exist with easy-going, calm cats and dogs, older kids and any adult who loves me. I’m a grade-A snuggler who knows how to make the best of a warm lap. Going for a drive? I can tag along!

To learn more about adopting me, click here. I hope to meet you soon!

Xoxo,

Hero

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Five Fabulous Reasons Why We Should be Family!

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My name is Waffles and I need to bend your ear (although mine are pointed!). I’ve been in foster care for a while — in dog and people time — and I am soooooo ready for my forever home! Here are five fabulous reasons why you will hopefully love me, adopt me and make me part of your family...

1. I am like the best waffle ever! I’m a little crunchy on the outside but sweet and warm on the inside! It takes a minute to find my soft spot, but once we’re friends, I am fun, quirky, devoted, and affectionate. I’m all about the cuddle, the walk and — you choose — an awesome toy or bone! Don’t even get me started on tricks!

2. I’m mature without being old! I’m about 10 years old and am probably a Virgo — loyal, analytical, kind, hardworking, and practical, with a marvelous little bark.

3. I’m one of a kind! I’m a 13-pound mix, and you know that the best dogs are mutts! But, I come from good, honorable stock — Chihuahua, probably some Spaniel, maybe some Terrier...I have some enviable curly locks and cute pointed ears that are best of breed (I mean best of many breeds!).

4. I’m famous! You can find me adorably depicted on the Pup Plaza mural in all of my canine splendor. I was probably born to be a model. Woof!

5. I can fit beautifully in a home as a solo pet – and be a devoted member of the family. Like all dogs, I do best with a little routine and some good structure to bring out the very best Waffles in me!

My foster mom is amazing, but limbo can be hard. I’m ready to begin the next phase of my life and maybe it will be with you. Please fill out an adoption application today!

Xoxo, Waffles

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It was a Hard-knock Life Until SVPP Rescued Me

My name is Pipsqueak and I was rescued from the San Jose Animal Care Center.  Silicon Valley Pet Project (SVPP) saved my life!

I’m 8 years old and was suffering from really bad teeth, an enlarged heart (which makes sense since I have so much love to give!) and a luxated patella.  I don’t know what that is, but I had a hard time walking.

With the amazing care of Angie, my foster mommy (I love her!), and my wonderful medical team, I had all of my medical woes fixed!  I want to wag my tail in thanks to The Pet Specialists of Monterey, VCA Blossom Hill and SAGE Veterinary Care. Now, I’m bouncing around with happiness waiting for my forever family.  

I am so grateful to everyone who helped me, cared for me and loved me.  I’m one lucky little girl!

I know that SVPP paid thousands of dollars to ensure I would have an amazing life, and I can’t begin to repay them.  It’s hard for a cute chihuahua like me to find good work. So, I’m looking to all the amazing animal lovers in our community to help me repay this gift I’ve been given -- the gift of life.  

But mostly, I’m looking for that bed I will call my own for the rest of my years.

Here’s a little more about me...I love to cuddle with my guardian and take brisque walks.  I’m especially appreciative of the distance I can go — up to a full mile! — since this was a challenge before my leg and ticker were fixed!  I have a terrific appetite and squeak for my meals! Surprisingly, I love fresh veggies like peas, green beans, cauliflower and broccoli, and nothing beats a sliced carrot for dessert!  By the way, I’m perfectly house trained and have even mastered the doggie door!

I am sooooo lucky and look forward to meeting my forever family! Please fill out an adoption application for me here.

Check out my Tale of Three Surgeries: https://animoto.com/play/U24DalNpqwV03ybbSKFIWw

Silicon Valley Pet Project relies on donations to help dogs like Pipsqueak get the medical care they require. 

Pup Plaza, Silicon Valley’s first Dog Community Center, is Now Open to Dogs and People!

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Why a Dog Community Center?

This past #GivingTuesday, Pup Plaza, Silicon Valley Pet Project’s latest initiative, had its official opening to the public. We are excited about the potential of Silicon Valley’s first dog community center and the positive impact we hope to achieve. The new facility is located in the Cambrian Plaza Shopping Center in San Jose and we welcome visitors!

Mike Colgan of KCBS Radio came to our event and was tickled by the concept that dogs should have their own community center. By the time he left, he understood SVPP’s vision: a community center that helps dogs in need! KCBS Radio’s video can be seen here.

So, why a dog community center? The better question is: why not? We seek to offer a space for the community to celebrate the special bond between humans and canines, all with a mission to help dogs that need homes.

In the short month since Pup Plaza opened, we have already made an impact. 

 
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Enjoying time out of the shelter!

 

We have provided some much-needed stress relief for 25 shelter dogs through our Shelter Dog Day Out Program (in partnership with the San Jose Animal Care Center).

We have hosted 4 weekly dog adoption events in a comfortable, relaxing environment and provided guidance on adoption.

We have offered 2 Doga Sessions (Yoga + Dogs) where people and their dogs enjoyed some quality time together and a deeper bond.

 
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Doga at Pup Plaza

 

We have hosted 2 weekly free behavior meet-ups with our certified dog trainer to help keep dogs in their homes and out of the shelter.

We have welcomed individuals who don't have dogs of their own to join us at our weekly Community Open Hours for a little unconditional love.

 
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Getting his dog fix!

 

We have proudly worked with an Eagle Scout group to provide custom built dog houses for Pup Plaza's outdoor space.

 
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Henry and inspiration, Frodo

Custom-made dog houses for Pup Plaza

Custom-made dog houses for Pup Plaza

 

Our one-of-a-kind dog community center would not be what it is without the captivating mural by Phuong-Mai “Mai” Blasich. Mai's depiction of some of our beloved rescue dogs provides a joyful backdrop to a space dedicated to dogs and the community who cares for them. Read more about the mural at Pup Plaza here.

Pups of Silicon Valley Pet Project

Pups of Silicon Valley Pet Project

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We are excited about Pup Plaza's potential and dedicated to our mission of saving at-risk local shelter pets through rescue, community involvement, and education.

Connect with us through Pup Plaza's Instagram and Facebook to celebrate the love of dogs!