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And Here It Is – 2017

Yep, yep, yep – the new year has come. I look at all that I let fall to the wayside last year. I look at the political landscape and the world in general. My response to both is “Oh my!” and not in the cool George Takei way. But we stand tall, shoulders straight, and we step forward to do what each of us can to make this world a better place.


Lost and discarded pets fill my Facebook news feed and I turn my attention back to where my education and advocacy began – the Wake County Animal Center (WCAC). I need to get back to my roots – taking pictures of pups to replace their crazy scared intake photos. Be sure and check back to see the sweeties looking for their furever homes in 2017.


In the meantime, let’s take a look at a couple of long timers who are looking for their perfect family.

Lady Bell* (113184)

Lady Bell
Lady Bell

Yes, she’s chilling out in a great foster home, but she’s been in the system since June 2015 and she really just wants a family to call her very own. Lady Bell is no slouch and is looking for a home where she’ll get lots of training and exercise. Her foster momma says some of Lady Bell’s favorite things are “playing with other dogs, running, wrestling with other dogs, playing in the water, belly rubs, treats and chew toys.” Here are few pics of her enjoying life.



She does need a house rather than an apartment, and a good fence as she loves to jump. Also, small children and feisty cats are not a good match for her active, curious ways. So, if you’re looking for someone to do things with – agility, walks, runs, dock diving – contact Lady Bell’s foster momma at wcacfoster@outlook.com.


Junior* (124955)


Being a Staffy fan, I just can’t resist this face. Junior is a 4-year-old American Staffordshire Terrier who has been in the shelter system since November 2015. He’s currently in foster care getting lots of love and heartworm treatment.

He has what I consider classic Pittie traits, loves lots of human attention and just being a couch potato until you bring out his tennis ball or dinner bowl. He can be shy, so he needs slow proper introductions with both humans and dogs and would probably do best in a quiet home.

Email the shelter to talk with her foster family and get all the great details.

Remember, when you’re looking for that new family member, check out your local rescues and shelters. The WCAC is open seven days a week from noon until 6 PM. You can start your search by checking out the gallery here https://pets.wakegov.com/.

*click on a pup’s name to go straight to their page on the WCAC website


I’m done with why. Why did this animal end up at the Wake County Animal Center (WCAC)? Why did their owner surrender this sweetheart? I’m done with it because the stories/reasons/excuses are either going to tear out my heart or make me want to punch someone in the throat.

Monday night I spent a little time with each of these darlings – falling in love with each.

Gladys (136850) – she gave me the Ruby look so I had to take her picture. She’s got a deposit – woo hoo! She’s super skinny and despite having just arrived that day she was all wiggles. She wasn’t looking for pets, just someone to be with her – and get a bite – and sit next to you – and get a drink – and come back to sit next to me.

Socks (136504) – a distinguished gentleman of 13 years looking to be your one and only fur baby.

Nesquick (136588) – a cute little girl just two years old looking for fun in all the best places.

Oh, my, gosh, Scrappy (136601) broke my heart when she pressed herself in the corner and would not come out. She’d gone from living in a back yard with her doggy sister to being alone in this weird smelling, loud place. She’s become a volunteer fav and is coming out of her shell.

UPDATE: Scrappy has gone to rescue!

Dusty (136527) – a lady of 13 years. Won’t you make her life whole again with a fureverfamily?

Sebastian (136855) – too much of a gorgeous boy to be a stray.

And Clinton (136390) is just your typical happy gentle-treat-taking Pittie. And such a handsome boy!

Okay, I will ask “Why?” Why are you still looking at these pics and not on your way to the WCAC to meet your new best friend?

Labor (of Love) Day

Yes, I labored on Labor Day. And, yes, it was a labor of love. I was finally able to make one of the Wake County Animal Center (WCAC) Dog Playgroups. It was fun to watch the different pups run, jump, roll, and wrestle until they were just too pooped to do anything other than flop on the ground with their tongues hanging out. It was even more fun to see a couple of pups I took pics of earlier in the week get to romp.

Ollie (ID: 122007)

If you visit him today he won’t be quite as white; he had a great time running and wrestling in the yard. This beautiful Lab mix is about four years old and weighs around 52 pounds. He’s tall and his fur is so soft.

Ollie (ID: 122007)
Ollie (ID: 122007)

He was very well mannered when we had our photo session and seems to know “SIT.” Also, he took treats very gently for a Lab.

He is heartworm positive, but I’ve come to learn that is not quite so scary as it sounds. There are different types of treatments at different cost points. Please stop by and visit Ollie. You’re bound to fall in love.

Jessica (ID: 122010)

Another sweetheart who was very well mannered for her photo shoot, and she hadn’t been at the Center long enough to go for walks. I was very impressed with how nice and calm she was in her kennel.

She’s a Hound mix who is around a year old and weighs 55 pounds. She’s got some long legs and a wonderfully expressive face.

Trudy (ID: 122015)

Two words – wiggle butt. Oh, my, gosh, she is absolutely adorable. And those ears! This little American Staffordshire Terrier mix is about three years old and is “recovering” from having puppies.

As much as she was scampering around me in the kennel wanting to play, she still sat so nicely to have her picture taken. No jumping, just scampering.

Charizard (ID: 122037)

Charizard (ID: 122037)
Charizard (ID: 122037)

Yes, he took some very funny looking photos, but he was such a good boy and easy to correct when he got a little too rowdy in playgroup.

A two-year-old American Staffordshire Terrier mix who is a long-legged 52 pounds. Again, I am impressed with how good he was during his photo shoot.

Nalah (ID: 122076)

Another sweetheart, although she was most determined to escape her kennel when I had finished her photo shoot. Silly girl, she wouldn’t be the one to break my “no escape” record.

Nalah (ID: 122076)
Nalah (ID: 122076)

Her fur is like velvet and she’s a two-year-old American Staffordshire Terrier mix who has some muscle on her and weighs 73 pounds.

I’m told she can be a little over-the-top when the Fido Fitness crew walk another dog past her kennel. Then again, she hadn’t been at the Center long enough to get out for walks. It’d torque me off if I saw others go by to have fun in the big outdoors and I was stuck inside.

Karen (ID: 122177) – Veronica (ID: 122176) – Sheila (ID: 122178)

I usually don’t photograph the puppies. After all, puppies are first to be adopted and they’re hardly there long enough for me to get my pics processed and uploaded. AND usually you can’t tell them apart enough to know who is who. But these three were just too cute with their fully bellies and snozzly attitudes.


As always, you can learn more about all the sweeties needing homes by going to the WCAC Adoption Gallery web page and browsing all those adorable mugs. You’ll find out particulars and some insights in their bios.

The WCAC is open seven days a week from noon to 6:00 PM. Stop by and find the love of your life.

Clyde Davis

WCAC ID: 106689

Happy Halloween! Sweet Clyde Davis has a lobster love for you and he wants you to know that he’s worth it.

Clyde Davis (WCAC ID: 106689)
Clyde Davis (WCAC ID: 106689)

Clyde is almost three years old and has been in the shelter since July. He’s a beautiful black and white American Staffordshire Terrier.

“I am a fun, out-going guy looking for a great family to give me a great life! I’m a guy who loves to go on walks and because I AM GOOD ON LEASH, we can go on lots of them in a park or around the lake. I like to play in a yard so let’s have fun as you teach me how to fetch! I KNOW SIT and because I am treat-motivated, I’m sure to learn more! I APPEAR HOUSETRAINED TOO! If you are looking for a good boy who’s just looking to give love and get love back and make a family very happy, then I’m your boy!”

Clyde Davis is a volunteer favorite. Stop by the WCAC today and visit him. I’m sure they’ll be someone there to tell you even more great stuff about this sweet sweet boy.

The WCAC is always full of great animals looking for their furever homes. They are located at 820 Beacon Lake Drive and open daily from noon to 6:00 p.m. You can also check out the adoption gallery to look for your new love.


WCAC ID: 106788

This sweet girl has been sitting in the shelter since July. It’s time for her furever family to come forward!.

Elena (WCAC ID: 106788)
Elena (WCAC ID: 106788)

“Hello, my name is Elena and I’m longing for an active family who will cherish me for all eternity!

“I’m a very sweet, energetic girl who has a lot of love to give as long as you promise to give me lots of love, cudldles, and belly rubs in return! The nice volunteers here think I’m so pretty and they say I’ll make the perfect pet! I know SIT, DOWN and I WALK WELL ON A LEASH! I appear HOUSE-TRAINED too! I love to get a yummy treat after a nice walk or just for being a good girl!

“I seem to like other dogs, but adjustment time and proper introductions are a must for me when I’m meeting new dogs for the first time. A volunteer took me on a nice walk around Lake Lynn and I had a great time. I rode well in the car and politely waited my turn to get out. I loved all the people and dogs I met. I listened well and tried really hard to walk nicely on leash. With a little training and practice I won’t pull at all. I was friendly when I approached all the other dogs, but I may be an active player. I actually prefer the attention of people to dogs!

“My adoption fee includes my spay surgery, vaccinations, microchip and more. ADOPT ME TODAY and let’s live a life of elegance together, forever!

Elena (WCAC ID: 106788)
Elena (WCAC ID: 106788)

“Ecstatically, Elena”

Elena is terrific. Stop by the WCAC today and ask to see her in the back yard where she really shines.

The WCAC is always full of great animals looking for their furever homes. They are located at 820 Beacon Lake Drive and open daily from noon to 6:00 p.m. You can also check out the adoption gallery to look for your new love.


WCAC ID: 104287

Such a cool looking one year old Am Staff. These pictures show just a hint of the personality you know is hidden behind those eyes.

I’d write more, but his foster mom says it so well in his bio.

“My name is Beanie and someone once described me as a “big ball of happy”. My foster mom completely agrees with this description. She says walking with me is like walking with a movie star. Not only am I a stunning boy, I also remind people of the dog Petey from the Little Rascals.

“I love being with my people, and will be there to assist with any household chores that need done. Well, I may not be a big help, but I will stay by your side and give you snuggles as you work. I have been a great companion to all of the foster dogs in my foster family. My foster mom will show you how to properly introduce me to new friends if you already have a dog in the family.

“I am a big guy, so I will probably do best with older children; although, I have been a sweetheart to the children I have met on walks. Speaking of being a big boy, I have to admit that I pull on the leash during walks. I am fully housetrained, and I am good about going in my crate at night to sleep. I haven’t ever met a cat, but I am a squirrel chaser, so I may be a cat chaser, as well.

“My foster mom has spent a lot of time making sure that I have grown up to be a good boy and that my skin is healthy. If you have the time to devote to continuing my training, please contact my foster mom at wakecountygreatdogs1@gmail.com.”

The WCAC is always full of great animals looking for their furever homes. They are located at 820 Beacon Lake Drive and open daily from noon to 6:00 p.m. You can also check out the adoption gallery to look for your new love.

Happy (belated) Pit Bull Appreciation Day

I’m a list/process queen. I use project management software to keep my personal life organized and I’m composing this post in my notebook where I keep shorter lists to remind me of my daily tasks. Why do I do all this? Because if I don’t, I get it in my head that National Pit Bull Awareness Day is October 28th when it’s really October 25th. D’oh!

I hope you have all celebrated appropriately. I am spending the day on the couch with my own sweet Pibble.

I also need to catch you up on a few available pups at the Wake County Animal Center (WCAC), as I did miss a couple of days during this month of Pibbles.


WCAC ID: 105253

Tiger was surrendered in late June with her harness embedded in her skin, which caused her skin to get infected. She’s about two years old and still is full of puppiness. Her foster family is teaching her all sorts of cool things like playing appropriately with her foster fur family, good leash manners, and crate training.

“With the good life in my sights, we should meet up because I am spayed and ready to go home with you today!!!”


WCAC ID: 105673

This little Am Staff is only eight months old and came in with a horrible case of Demodex. Look at the amazing progress she’s made with her foster family in the last 114 days.


WCAC ID: 106628

She’s a beautiful blue and white Am Staff who is a shy “little” thing at two years old and 80 lbs.

She walks well on a leash and will give you a little nudge for affection. She loves the solace of sitting in the grass with you and being petted.


WCAC ID: 106648

This sweet little Am Staff has something to say.

“Hi there! Welcome to my world! My name is Katie and as you can see I’m a fairly small brindle female and I’ve been told that I’m cute as a button! I’m already 2 years old so I won’t get any bigger either. My Foster parents love me because I’m small and super friendly.

“I’m typically quiet in my kennel and wait patiently to go out for my daily walks. I am heart-worn positive and will need treatment when adopted, but my heart is as big as they come. I want nothing more than to lay in your lap and soak up all the loving you can dish out.

“I am a dream on a leash and am great with my foster brother and my kitten sister , but proper introductions to new animals are a must, as with any dog. I am a LOVE BUG! I consider myself to be happy-go-lucky as I’m easy going and get along with most everyone. I love being around people and can’t wait to be adopted by a nice family. Please visit me today and see how loving I am!

“Lots of love – Katie”

The WCAC is always full of great animals looking for their furever homes. They are located at 820 Beacon Lake Drive and open daily from noon to 6:00 p.m. You can also check out the adoption gallery to look for your new love.