Friday, March 25, 2011

Happy Beginnings: Ella

Ella's family writes that within a week of her homecoming, Ella was out of her crate and had the run of the house. She is best buddies with her sibling Yukon, and it looks like the two of them have the run of their yard as well. Ella and Yukon play and wrestle constantly, and Ella couldn't be happier.

Ella's owner writes "It has just been great we are so happy. She is a part of our family."

Enjoy your family, Ella! 

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Calendar Contest

Is your dog a cover girl or boy? If so, be sure to enter the Circle Tail Annual Calendar Photo Contest, and give your pooch a chance to show off!

The deadline to enter is June 15, 2011, and the cost is a mere $5 per entry. The grand prize winner will be featured on the 2012 Circle Tail calendar cover, with twelve other gorgeous winners featured each month. Winners will also receive a free calendar, so you can celebrate all of 2012 with one stunning canine after another.

For a sample, check out last year's grand prize winner, the beautiful Gracie:

Click here for details on how to enter, and send in your photos of your own precious pooch!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Happy Beginnings: Jackson

Jackson, known as Khanti during his time at Circle Tail, now lives in Kentucky with his new family. Jackson is in training to be a therapy dog, and he is getting wonderful practice by helping out at his owner's funeral home business. Jackson sits in when families come to the funeral home for services, and he has developed such a wonderful reputation as a canine grief counselor that his presence is now requested at most funerals. Jackson is a quiet source of comfort to the bereaved, and his gentle presence helps ease their grief. As Jackson's owner puts it, Jackson is "loved by all." He writes that Jackson "is a perfect angel, and I'm not sure what I would do without him."

Jackson is a professional, and he dresses the part. Keep up the great work, Jackson!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Celebrate Adopt the Internet Day with the Circle Tail Dogs!

In honor of Petfinder's Adopt the Internet Day, we are showcasing some of our precious adoptable dogs. Some of the cuties waiting for homes right now include:


and Vena

You can see all of our adoptable dogs and learn about our adoption process here.

Happy Birthday, Petfinder, and Happy Adopt the Internet Day, from the dogs of Circle Tail!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Happy Beginning: Ursula

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and this week's Happy Beginning is putting that theory to the test. I don't know the background of Ursula, a labradoodle who was adopted into her forever home a few years ago, and I don't even know much about new life. But this picture says more than my words ever could.

I think it's safe to say Ursula has made some great friends and is living a happy life, don't you?

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Former Circle Tail Inmate Handler Works to Help Troubled Youth

Victor Addis' life changed the day he started working with Marlys Staley and the Circle Tail dogs at the Ross Correctional Institution in Chillecothe, Ohio. Now, he is using what he learned from Circle Tail to change the lives of at-risk youths.

Victor's first Circle Tail dog was Lena, a pregnant beagle who no one else in the dog program wanted. Lena gave birth to 12 pups in Victor's cell and, as Lena had mastitis and couldn't produce milk herself, Victor spent a hot summer bottle-feeding all of her pups, often missing dinner so he could tend to the puppies. Victor says he wouldn't change the experience for anything, as it was the beginning of his new life.

He later moved to the London Correctional Institute, a lower security facility, and had the good fortune to be there just as Marlys was getting the London dog program started. He signed up to learn how to work with the service dogs in training, and went on to train so many service dogs that they became his specialty. Victor says he read all the dog training books he could get his hands on, and learned as much as he could from Marlys, taking notes whenever she would give training sessions at the prison. He still considers Marlys his mentor, and consults with her regularly.

When Victor was released from prison in 2003, he knew he wanted to continue working with dogs. Eventually, he formed Dogs Training Youth, an organization to help at-risk youth by exposing them to the joy and unconditional love of a dog.

The program started modestly, with Victor meeting with a handful of kids from his neighborhood who had taken an interest in his own dog, a beautiful Rottweiler named Cassie. Victor, Cassie, and the kids met weekly at Dorl Field in Norwood, Ohio, and Victor taught the kids how to work with Cassie using a clicker and other methods of positive reinforcement. Eventually, the kids started asking Victor if he could show them how to train their own dogs, and Dogs Training Youth was born.

The program, which only operates in the spring and summer due to weather and the lack of an indoor facility, pairs at-risk kids with local rescue dogs, and helps to teach the kids responsibility and respect for other living creatures through their work with the dogs. As Victor states, he sees things "start to click" for the kids as they work with the dogs, and they become excited and confident as they see what they and the dogs can accomplish together. As the kids gain more confidence and self-respect, they are less inclined to turn to the street looking for a sense of belonging.

Dogs Training Youth is getting ready to start its fourth season, and Victor is expecting as many as 13 kids to participate this year. Each one will have the opportunity to change their lives with the help of a dog, just as Victor changed his own life through the dogs of Circle Tail.

Photo courtesy of Dogs Training Youth

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Tweet a Circle Tail Pet Tuesday

The wonderful people at Petfinder created TweetaPetTues on Twitter in order to help spread the word about rescue animals in need of homes. The idea is very simple, as all any rescue group needs to do is add the hashtag #tweetapettues to their tweets every Tuesday, and their animals can then be seen by anyone searching for this hashtag. It goes without saying that the more an animal is seen, the better chance he or she has of finding a forever home.

We have an adorable group of puppies who were born here at Circle Tail on December 8, 2010. Their mom, a rescue, is a German Shepherd Dog mix. Dad, who is apparently a love 'em and leave 'em type, is unknown. So these pups are a cute-as-a-button mix of who knows what, and they're all ready and waiting for their new homes.

There's Camille:




And Lil Dude:


And five other equally precious dolls named Mercedes, Miranda, Rocque, Sparks, and Snoop Dog. (no, not that one :D)

To see the whole gang, along with the rest of Circle Tail's adoptable dogs, visit our page here: Dogs for Adoption

And if you're on Twitter, remember to check on Circle Tail's dogs on Tuesday, or any other day, and help spread the word!

Friday, March 4, 2011

Happy Beginnings

Circle Tail's Happy Beginnings is a celebration of adoption success stories, and a testament to the wonderful ways rescue dogs can enrich our lives.

Each week, we will shine the spotlight on one of these dogs, and share his or her personal success story. Our inaugural Happy Beginning is Lenny, a superstar who is sure to get our series off on the right paw.

Before he came to Circle Tail, Lenny spent his life tied to a tree. It was a rough start, and he had the rough, unkempt look to prove it.

It's clear from Lenny's expression that he was a timid and scared little guy, and who can blame him?

Once Lenny found himself in the safe and friendly world of Circle Tail, things started to improve. The wonderful Circle Tail groomers worked their magic, and brought out the handsome, playful boy hiding underneath Lenny's scruffy coat.

Happy to strut his stuff, Lenny was soon adopted, and found a home beyond his wildest dreams. He has two canine sisters, Maggie and Sadie, and he gets to go to doggy daycare with them and play to his heart's content. He is also a huge fan of playing Frisbee.

Lenny has come a long way since his lonely days spent tied to a tree. Now, he is living large and loving life, and he has the smile to prove it!

Way to go, Lenny!