Thursday, April 20, 2017

Avoid The Bitey Bits: Loving Feline Misanthropes Seek Adoring Staff.

We admire people with strong opinions. Our movie industry is basically built on storylines of people who take life on their own terms and refuse to compromise. If you extrapolate on that, we should be a nation of cat lovers. After all, what better personifies a strong, independent personality and unwillingness to compromise like a cat?


Okay, not all cats. Some cats are super laid back. And yes, Big John, we are looking at you when we say that.

Ahem, I'm chiller than an iceberg, folks. 
But shouldn't we all love the slightly more challenging kittehs? The quirky, jerky cats with the same unyielding personalities and intolerance for nonsense that we find in our favorite action movie stars?

Of course we should. Which is why we're introducing you to some of our favorite quirky, jerky cats looking for someone who shares their worldview. Or at least appreciates it. 

My box. Mine. All mine. 
Exhibit A: The Darcie

The M.O: Pat me. Pat me right now. Pat me. Seriously. Aaaaaaargh - stop patting me! Right now. (swat). Ok, seriously. Pat me. Pat my belly. WHO TOLD YOU THAT YOU COULD TOUCH THE BELLY? (swat). By the way, I love you. 

Additional remarks: Poor Darcy. She needs a permanent person to train on her ins and outs - training all the volunteers and staff here on our quirks is exhausting her. No one appreciates her great sense of humor, either. She loves to follow people around and chat with them. We even put a chair in her room so folks could go in and sit down and have a talk with her while she sits on their lap (she loves laps). She decided instead to adopt the chair as her personal throne and can often be seen sitting in it, looking out the window to try and implore visitors to stop by. We've rarely met a more affectionate cat, either - you just have to know when she's had enough of the patting. And seriously, don't take her chair. 

The Verdict: Quirky? Yup. Jerky - nope. Just a normal cat who knows what she likes but is a bit more prone to expressing her opinion. 

This is my 'time to party' face. 
Exhibit B: The Banana Anna

Remarks: Banana Anna came to par-tay and she will not be denied. Seriously. She is always up for a game of crinkle ball, some fake-birdy-on-a-string, a good go-round with the old laser pointer. She's also always up for a wrestling match but we strongly, strongly suggest staying away from the bitey bits when she's in a play mood. Oh, and keep those other cats away her, too. She can hold her own but she wants ALL the playtime. Could she be any more fun? Nope. She's a full on fiesta on fleet little feet. Just use her toys, okay?

The Verdict: Quirky? No, just a wee little black cat who loves to play more than most but needs some help with her mouth-manners when she's getting her party-on.

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Remarks: Unfortunately for feral kittens, there's nothing in the world cuter than a teeny angry kitten. When they hiss and spit, they think they're being terrifying. We think they're being adorable "Oh, who's an angry little man? You are!". With kitten season starting to bloom, we're starting to see these furious, winsome little nuggets coming in. The good news? They don't have to grow up to be hissy spitties. At this age, rehabilitation is entirely possible with the help of good foster homes who are willing to put some time and love into socializing them.

The Verdict: Neither quirky nor jerky - just the product of wayward youth. Did we mention you can help reform these wee captivating miscreants? Be a kitten foster parent. We have a training this Saturday, as a matter of fact. At 11:00 AM. See you there. 

In all honesty, none of these guys are the least bit jerky. Most cat folks probably read this and thought "oh, you think that's bad? You should see what my little Muffin does". Cats are cats, and that's why we love them. Now you just need to help us find folks who can love and appreciate these guys, just as they are. Ahem. 

Monday, April 3, 2017

Kittens and The Dog That Loved Mr. Peanut (Literally).

Nuts!

We're fans of nuts. We stuff our KONGs with nut butter. We snack on nuts and we are totally nuts about our pets and the work we do here. So imagine our surprise and delight when, on a sunny Sunday THIS showed up in our parking lot. 

They just showed up - it was the craziest thing. 
The NUTMOBILE! The iconic Planters vehicle was doing it's cross country thing and decided to make an impromptu stop at HSSV. Turns out the staff (Mr. Peanut included) LOVE dogs and were all in to drop off some peanuts for the people and get some pics with the pooches. 

No peanut butter but I'm lovin' the attention.
Buttercup was all excited until she learned the bus was not just an empty vessel full of peanut butter that she could romp in. Even still, she thought Mr. Peanut was pretty nifty and for Buttercup, any pats and lovin' are a-okay with her so she was psyched to meet the crew. The biiiiig star, though was..

Take me with you, Mr. Peanut. You can have a Peanut Dog.

Sonny. If Sonny could have left on Nutmobile, he would have. From the moment he saw Mr. Peanut, he had to be near him. He loved the crew. He loved the Nutmobile. He loved everything about the situation. If there ever a dog born to be THE Nutmobile pooch, it was probably Sonny. Unfortunately the travelin' peanut life is not always dog-friendly so after receiving much lovins' from the Planters Peanut crew, they had to depart sans Sonny. They did, however, leave the staff and volunteers plenty of snacks and every pooch who met Mr. Peanut got a special sticker for their kennel.

She's nuts for cuddles. Get it??
How awesome is that? More awesome? Both Buttercup and Sonny are still available for adoption so they could be yours. Buttercup loves everyone, everything and peanut butter. Sonny is outgoing, loyal and super-social. He'll love you no matter what but if you have a big peanut costume, he's not going to complain. 

Mr. Peanut? Is that you?
In other news, kitten season has begun to rain down on us in earnest. We're starting to see daily litters of babies, most of whom are too young to be adopted. 

Most don't turn up in baskets.
If you're interested in fostering a kitten, this would be an awesome time to sign up for a training. If you can't foster but want to help, we super duper need supplies and have an awesome Amazon Wishlist full of things we need to help save the 2,000+ little jellybeans that come through our door during kitten season. We promise to repay you with all sorts of adorable social media posts like this one of Topper, The World's Most Charismatic Staff Hamster trying to figure out what to do with bottle babies. 

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We can't guarantee Mr. Peanut will show up again, but we can guarantee that popping by to spend a few minutes with a dog or cat will make your day. So make like Mr. Peanut and pop in! In the meantime, have another kitty picture... 

They look a lot like Topper at this age. 
which we stole from rockstar foster mama Jessie's most excellent Instagram account.


Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Three Love Stories That Could Turn Us All Into Huge Saps.

Spring has sprung and love is in the air. We see love stories happen here on a daily basis - animals meeting their new forever homes, matches made, new lives embarked on. These inter-pet love stories, however, make our hearts go pitter-patter. No worries - everything is very platonic as everyone is spayed and neutered. But let's hear it for love. 

Chilling with my bestie after a rousing game of 'nibble and run'.
1) Sasha And Mico: #FriendshipGoals

First there was Mico. The teen months were not bearing down well on the handsome dude with the multi-colored eyes. He was surrendered to us for being more than the owners could handle. At thirteen months he was all energy, all go and no manners. He's a smart guy but like most smart kids with no outlet, he was getting himself in all sorts of trouble. Jumping, mouthing, yanking, playing tug-o-leash - he was a mess. He needed to run off some energy and he desperately needed some attention. Our behavior staff was doing the best they could but sometimes the only thing that can run out a teenage dog is another dog.

And then Sasha moved in across the hall. Another wayward youth, the sky-eyed husky with the snowman coat had originally come to us from a buddy shelter. Quickly adopted out, she was quickly returned with a new adjective attached to her: relentless. Her endless search for play and attention had driven everyone in the house - dogs and people alike - nuts. Like Mico, Sasha had the energy of an endurance athlete with a bad caffeine addiction. Like Mico, she needs some help in the manners department.

At a loss of how to keep the two troublemakers happy while they found them each the perfect (inexhaustible) home, they put them together for a play date. And magic happened.

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Not only did the two not mind each other's manic play style, they loved it. Now they play together twice a day to keep them occupied while our adoptions staff searches for homes who love super active dogs and want to do a lot of training. They don't need to go home together but for as long as this love story lasts, we're on board with it.*

2) Yavin And Yodi: #RelationshipGoals.

Yodi loves the cat cot. Yavin loves to hang out at the door and wait for people to walk by. Yodi wants to sit on your lap. That's cool, Yavin can have a snack until it's his turn. Now Yavin wants your lap. Whatevs, Yodi will take a snack break.

Yodi doing what she does best: guard kitteh.
You ever meet those two people that absolutely love to be around each other but don't always need to be up in each other's business? That are fine being together without being the center of each other's attention? If they were cats, they'd be Yavin and Yodi. They're both awesome but they're twice as awesome together. And we cannot get enough of them. Which is a good thing as they're both kind of hefty kitties.

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Yavin was already in the home and a few years old when the family added Yodi. Yodi was a sweet gal but a pretty shy kitten. Until she met Yavin. Then she blossomed. The rub? The magic only works with Yavin. Without Yavin, Yodi gets easily scared. And Yavin adores his bestie who is now five years old. When they were surrendered together we made the decision to keep them together. So they're looking for a home together.

Yodi as kitten and as adult. We lurf her crazy eyes. 
They promise to always meet you at the door. Yavin promises that even though he's a mellow guy, he'll always be up for the odd game of laser toy or crinkle ball. Yodi promises that she'll always be up for that Netflix marathon, no matter how long. And they both promise to always be the relationship you wish you had. Adopt them.

Seriously. Adopt us. And oh, snacks. Yes.
3) Glenn and Rick. #SiblingGoals

Doesn't this look like the album cover for the bunny band EVER?
They came in as a clutch of little huddled bun-lets, all white fur, red eyes and as skittish as the day is long. Barely eight weeks old, they were an accidental litter born to a responsible owner who wanted to do the right thing. Through our PUP Program, we fixed mom and dad and sent them home and set about to find the babies new homes. 

Glenn in his skittish phase. 
While the rest of the sibs found new homes (wee little bun-lets are pretty hard to resist) Glenn and Rick were constantly looked over. We sent them to our Petco West San Jose NAC to see if a change of locale would do the trick. We also kept them together as the brothers seemed to really, really enjoy each other. And snacks. 

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The new digs haven't found them a new home but it has found them a totally new attitude. In the more social environment of Petco, they found themselves meeting all sorts of new friends, including a stuffed bunny toy the two curl up with to sleep every night. By meeting all these people and always having each other's back, they grew from skittish, huddled buns into veritable social butterfly buns. Easy going, friendly, and the perfect pair for a first time bun owner. Now we just have to find them an owner. 

An owner who knows how to make a salad, please. 

The good news? All these kids are STILL looking for a home. Don't we all need relationship role models? Isn't it awesome that you can adopt them? Fantastic. Now hurry in

*To meet Mico or Sasha call 408.262.2133 ext 150 to make an appointment. 

Friday, March 17, 2017

Three Things To Feel Awesome About Right Now.

1) Because People Are Good. Really, Really, Really Good.

When a good samaritan saw some folks carrying around wee little pups in a duffel bag with no mom in sight, he knew it was not a safe sitch for the little muffins. It wasn't his problem - but he made it his problem. He talked the people into giving him the pups. He bottle fed them overnight while he researched a safe place to bring them. Then he brought them to us. That's really, really good person #1.

Tiny little days old potato puppies. 
Once here, staff fed and cared for them until an awesome foster home could be found. That foster parent spent weeks bottle feeding, raising and caring for the little foundlings. That's Really Good Person(s) #2-5. We're counting the staff and the foster folks*.

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Because so many really good people helped see them through safely to adoptable age, they turned from little potatoes into actual puppies. When they did, folks queued up to adopt them. So let's add all the folks who wanted to adopt the Duffel Bag Puppies onto our Really Good People List. And now the number is too high to count.

Now actual poopy-sized poopies. 
#2: Because Cataleya Carries Her Own Toys

Actually we could just say 'Because Cataleya' period. Everything this enormous-headed pooch does is ridiculously adorable from her ginormous, basketball sized grin...

Look at that noggin! It's huge! It's happy!
To her willingness to pack her own gear on the way to the dog park.

Stop. Just stop. We cannot take the adorbs. 
She's pretty much a guaranteed smile on paws. More good news? She's an honorary cat this weekend. With our All About That Bass Oversized Cat Promotion adopt fees on all cats are just $20. We included her in the promo so her adopt fee is just $20!

Reason #3 To Feel Awesome: The Remy Comparison.

Remy came in with a broken leg after getting hit by a car. Our amazing vets were able to save the leg by doing a complicated surgery involving a metal plate (we have the bestest vets ever). In a few weeks Remy will be back to normal but to sum up right now:

Hit by car.
Extensive surgery.
Stuck on exercise restriction - no running for six weeks.

Yet still Remy looks like this:

If this picture doesn't make you smile, we got nothin'.
Yup. He's smiling. He's smiling in pretty much every picture we have of him. Because that's how he rolls - all waggy tail, kisses and smiles.

So if Remy can smile, we can all feel awesome about something today.

If you don't feel awesome, we can help. Pop in to snuggle a dog or cat at any of our locations

*Psssst - we have a dog and puppy foster orientation tomorrow. Sign up for it here!

Monday, March 6, 2017

Even When You Lose, You Win: The Catch-It Challenge.

Sometimes we all want things but maybe aren't the best at getting what we want.


As hoomans, it's easy to get discouraged. We have one miss...



Aaaaand we just quit trying. 

Dogs, however, are a totally different animal (obviously).

They have one miss..

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And realize that trying a) is fun and b) gets you a cookie.

I got a lot of cookies. I even ate the ones that bounced off of me. 

And they just keep trying until they get the cookie.


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We have a lot of cookies. People are awesome and donate a lot of cookies. Our volunteers are awesome and bring their own cookies for the pooches. Our employees are awesome and bring things like cut up chicken and cheese for the dogs.

This woman is an endless font of cookies. 
 (Auntie Cookie, aka Exec Assistant Lorrie Sprain, we're looking at you).

We digress - we have a lot of cookies. And we have a lot of pooches.

I like cookies. A little too much, actually. 
We live in a cell phone culture, where everything can be filmed. So we thought, hey, wouldn't it be fun to have a friendly competition and film the pooches catching (or not catching) cookies? Even if the dogs lose, they win because they still get a cookie and we're not above doing a few practice rounds...

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Until they get it right. 


We had three takeaways from this:

1) Sometimes you just need to stick to what you're good at. Which, in Amber's case, is kisses. Lots and lots of kisses. 

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2) Cats are not amused by the Catch It Challenge, though our resident clown kittehs Frank and George had a blast with all the treats.

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3) Watching dogs with ginormous ears try to catch anything might be the best thing ever on a rainy Monday. 

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And oh yes, one more thing: Don't give up. You might not always win, but the trying is fun. 

And hey, cookies. 

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

A Tale Of Two Perfect Puppies.

Meet Sparrow

She's suave....

Hello there...
She's playful..

I'm gonna put a hurting on this stuffie.
Adorable...

Pphhhhhttt...
Oh so loving..

Rub the belly! More!
And did we mention she's missing an eye?

We get it. There was a point there between the third pic and the fourth pic of this delightful, ridiculously bright little muffin where some people's reaction went from 'what a little cutie' to 'oh no, the poor thing, what happened to her?'.

And we all need to back it up little bit. Throw the old brain in reverse. 

C'mon guys... get with it. 
We're going to tell you a little secret about Sparrow

There's absolutely nothing wrong with her.  

In fact, she's pretty far ahead of the curve. At only ten weeks old she's absolutely rockin' pee-pad training, dog-cat relationships and being-left-alone-without-screaming-her-brains-out. The worst thing you can say about her is that she insists on sleeping in the bed which is a little unnerving as she's just a wee thing. Her lack of an eye hasn't stopped her from figuring out how to jailbreak her puppy pen to sneak into bed with her foster mom*. 

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 If all we see is a missing eye, we might be the one with the vision problem.

And then there's Woody

He too is adorable...

All my sides are my cute side. 
A bit of a wiggly little goof...

This is my yell-y face. 
And does a great smug-chihuahua face...

Don't I, though?
And oh yeah...

Oh boy. 
This happens sometimes..

Bloop!
He falls down. He also gets tremors when he's excited and runs a little funny but it doesn't stop him from running after the cat (bloop!) , after the other dogs (bloop!) and for a snack (bloop!)**. 

You probably can guess what we're going to say here, too:

There's absolutely nothing wrong with Woody. 

He got a little injury to his noggin' when he was younger. He's a bright little dude, he just wound up clumsy. And he has no idea he's clumsy. He's just having a good old time. 

If you're going to ask this question:

But what happened to the poor things? 

We might give you this look:

Oh boy.

Because it's the absolute least interesting thing about either of these puppies. We're not saying bad things don't happen, we're just saying that neither Woody nor Sparrow should be defined by the worst thing that happened to them. Nobody should. Woody and Sparrow don't know (and frankly don't care) that they're a bit different than other pups. They're just playing with toys and trying to get this whole housebreaking thing down.

Maybe we can all learn from that. 

Meanwhile both of these little nuggets are looking for good homes. Interested? Email canine.foster@hssv.org

* Who is her foster mom? Think Bridget, our favorite and most awesome Queen Sucker!
** Our staff is beyond awesome. Woody's foster mom is Scrub Wearing Human Tornado Head Vet Tech Candice. 

Monday, February 13, 2017

Beautiful Blockhead Babes From The South Invade!

They came to party.

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They're not here for a long time, they're here for a good time.

I'm Amber, I'm 2 and I love people who throw the ball!
And of course to find a home. They're Beautiful Blockhead Babes...

I'm Kara, I'm also 2 and people tell me my eyes are my most striking feature!
And they know how to get down.

I'm Luna and I'm a lap hog and fetch addict whose ALWAYS up for a good time.
And how to work the camera with their big boxy heads and big doe eyes...

I'm Marigold and I'd down for anything - head cones, Go-Pros, play dates!
When one of our buddy shelters down south found themselves with a bevvy of beautiful blockheads that were getting overlooked, they gave us a holler. These ladies were great with other dogs, loved people, loved kids and were always down for a hike or a big dog party. Could we help? Thanks to our Doggy Day Out program we've seen a lot of our great big dogs getting adopted faster. Yes, yes we could help! The first four babes, Luna Candy Cane, Amber, Kara and Marigold took the transfer bus up north where they've been digging on our dog park and outings with volunteers. Luna Candy Cane got snapped up in a hot minute. Marigold had to wear the Cone Of Joy for a while but she's doing way better now. They're all ready for new homes. 

Errrrp. 'Scuse me. You forgot something.
Ooop, sorry about that. It appears we forgot the boys. They came from a different buddy shelter but are equally as awesome. Blazer, a snuggly little pocket pibble also joined the par-tay. As did Winston, a laid back meat-head whose cheeks are a little bit too big for his absurdly smooshy face.

Smooshy! So much smoosh! Must smoosh them!
It's almost Valentine's Day and if you're look for a big boxy boo of your dreams, you need to stop what you're doing and come in right now. We promise drools, snuggles, snores and years of adventuring. As the wise Katy Perry once said, "California Girls, they're undeniable..."

Excuse me! Hello?
Okay, don't give us the sad face, Blazer. We mean California boys, too.