Monday, April 20, 2015

Bark For Life

Bark For Life of Black Hawk
Gateway Park Saturday, May 2, 2015 

Pet Pals will have a booth!

If you would like to participate, here's more information about the event!

 The American Cancer Society Bark For Life is a noncompetitive walk event for dogs and their owners to raise funds and awareness for the American Cancer Society's fight against cancer. By supporting Bark For Life, you help the American Cancer Society save lives, and that helps us move closer to our ultimate goal of a world with less cancer and more birthdays. So bring your best canine friend and join us for a fun-filled day starting with a walk, and then continuing with demonstrations, contests, and games. 

 Also, please note that the term "team" can be just your and your dog. If you would like to have a larger team, and have others sign up under your team that is great. However when you register you do not have to have a "team" to participate in this event, individual registration is accepted and encouraged! Each dog is $10. 

 Registration will take place from 9-9:30AM and our walk will begin about 9:35am after our honored guests are introduced. The silent auction will be open throughout the event until we announce the winners at 10:45AM. We will have a contest with prizes awarded to the smallest dog, youngest dog, oldest dog, and largest dog. There will be a demonstration again this year from the K-9 Unit! 

NOTICE:  Dogs who attend the Bark For Life must have all current vaccinations, and must be kept on a leash that is 6' or less. Owners are expected to clean up after their dogs. Water will be provided for dogs at the event. Dogs in heat are now allowed at this event.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Good Food for Good Cause!

Set your calendar to remember to come out to the Cedar Falls Pizza Ranch on May 6th, 2015!
Between 5:00 - 8:00 pm, 7% of the sales that night will be donated to PET PALS!
We hope you will come out and support a good cause!

Monday, March 16, 2015


Smiley the golden retriever knows better than anyone that love is blind. 

 The 12-year-old pooch was born with a condition linked to dwarfism that -- in addition to him being born without eyes -- left him with physical disproportions. His oversized teeth paired with his eye sockets, which were sewn shut to prevent infection, make him look like he’s smiling; hence his name. Rescued in 2004 from a puppy mill by Joanne George, his current owner, Smiley now has a happy home and is a therapy dog in Stouffville, Ontario. “He does something to people,” George told The Huffington Post. “People say they feel like a different person after meeting Smiley.”

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Super Bowl Sunday!

Regardless of who you're rooting for......happy Super Bowl Sunday from your friends at Pet Pals!

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Monday, November 24, 2014

Sally the Survivor!

Kelli Jo tells the story of her special girl, Sally:

Sally's story begins 3 years ago when I saw an ad on Craig's List selling her.  I contacted the family right away and the next evening went and picked her up!  She was shaved down and resembled a red lab more than a golden.  She was the sweetest girl and hopped in our car and never looked back.  She fit in with our pack perfectly.

We knew when we got her she had some issues. Both her rear knees were bad and needed surgery and she had a large mass on her neck that needed drained often.  Sally underwent both rear knee surgeries and never once flinched!  She is the first dog I have ever had who "talks" to me.  That is, she growls and howls just say hello! 
 Once her knees were better we began taking her to visit my Aunt in the nursing home while she recovered from her own knee surgery.  Sally became fast friends with everyone she met and in the event I visited my Aunt without her, everyone was disappointed she was not there.  It only seemed right to contact Pet Pals to see about volunteering.  
Unfortunately, she had a few set backs with her knees that required rest but recovered with no problem.  We then got a call from the Pet Pals volunteer regarding a training and I had to share some concerning health news about Sally.  She had a lump removed and there was concern it was cancer.  We had one surgery and it confirmed Soft Cell Sarcoma but not enough was removed.  It required  second surgery to try and get clean margins.  Sally underwent the second surgery and is now cancer free!  
She never acted uncomfortable and still dances out the door to the car for her staple removal and check ups.  She faces this world head on, with a smile and a wagging tail no matter what challenges she faces!  She is a true inspiration to me - I hope that when my day comes and I face serious health issues I handle it as well as she did!  We sure could learn a lot from dogs! :)  She will be attending the Pet Pals training in February!

Just in case you want to check it out here is the link to the fundraiser we set up for her.  We used all our savings for her first surgery and had to resort to a loan with extremely high interest to get the second surgery done before the cancer spread.  

Please pass it on to anyone else who might help or pass it on also.  

Friday, May 9, 2014

People Food Dogs Shouldn't Eat

Everybody knows about chocolate, gum, grapes/raisins....alcohol.....but did you know these other common people foods can really hurt your beloved family member?  Click to read more from the article published on the web:
  1. Avacados
  2. Onions
  3. Salt
  4. Garlic
  5. Macadamia nuts
  6. Peaches
  7. Raw eggs