November 30, 2010

This Beautiful Basset Hound Has Found A Good Home!

Update on Tuck
This is my friend Kendall's dog. Today he met his new family and now has his "own little boy" named Hunter. He will be living on 4 acres in Blue Ridge and he will have a sweet little boy as his constant companion from now on. Thanks Lisa for replying to our post on Tuck. You made a young couple very happy knowing that their "baby" was going to a very good home. Be sure to update us and post some Christmas photos on our Facebook Page "The World According To Lexi". Merry Christmas, Christina and Lexi xoxoxo

Police Dog Served In Iraq

Kelsey and his handler
working and training in Iraq  (Dept. of Defense photo)

Even though our pooches at home have it made (especially Lexi, Tallulah and Nitro) there are dogs out there with a purpose. These are working dogs that are trained to work with our military and then move onto official police work here in the states.

Police Dog Served In Iraq - Topeka Capital - Journal -cjonline
By The Associated Press
MEDICINE LODGE - As a veteran of the Iraq war, a 6-year-old German shepherd has a new job: sniffing our narcotics in Kansas. Gera spent her military service detecting roadside bombs, and now she has become a narcotics and patrol dog in Medicine Lodge. Gera had to retrain her nose from improvised explosive devices to narcotics. Medicine Lodge Police Chief Brian Miller said Gera also has shown her soft side when doing demonstrations for school children.

Because he had owned and trained with two previous police dogs, Miller said he was able to adopt Gera from the Air Force for no charge. As a trained dog, she's valued at $8,000 to $10,000. Miller also is an Air Force veteran, serving in the 1980s and being a reservist after until being called back in 2001. Gera wears a uniform that has a halter bearing a shiny police badge. The German shepherd also spends most of her office time chewing on a deflated basketball and a heavy-duty chew toy. "They're both good for changing her soft bite into the tougher, hard bite she needs for protection and apprehension," Miller said.

Gera is on call 24 hours a day and lives with Miller. The two have bonded, and she never lets him out of her sight, Miller said. "I've tried to sneak away when she's napping, but she always has one eye open keeping track of me," he said. Miller said Gera is friendly unless commanded to strike, which makes her an ideal backup partner on patrol. "People may argue with me, but they don't argue with my dog," he said. Miller said the dog becomes a deterrent around suspects and is attentive to anyone who stops by the station. The Medicine Lodge Police Department has maintained a canine officer for the past 23 years

Two Great Events Coming Up In December to Benefit the RVSPCA

(Tallulah - Her first Christmas ever trying to open presents under the tree)

It would not be the holidays if we did not think about giving back to our local RVSPCA.
Here are a couple of great events coming up to raise awareness and money for the RVSPCA.

Event # 1 - The Roanoke Valley SPCA invites all of you to their annual Holiday Open House on December 12, 2010 from 12PM-3PM. Enjoy refreshments, games and activities for kids. There will be all kinds of pets available for adoption. Bring your pet for a photo with Santa Claws ($ 10 fee). The RVSPCA is located at 1340 Baldwin Ave. in Roanoke VA, 24012. For more info call 540-339-9502


(Bailey, Lexi and Tallulah in their Christmas "best")
Event # 2 - On December 4, 2010 from 8AM-10AM the Valleyview Applebee's invites all of you animal lovers to stop by for thier annual Paws For Pancakes Breakfast.  Applebee's will be offering all you can eat pancakes, sausage and a beverage for only $5! Proceeds benefit the homeless animals at the Roanoke Valley SPCA. You can eat in or get it to go. For more information contact Kathy Perdue at 540-339-9502 or log on to

November 29, 2010

November 26, 2010

Retired Military Service Dog Receives Stem Cell Therapy

This comes from
There is a 10 second commercial at the beginning but it is well worth the wait to see this story. Get your tissues out folks.

November 21, 2010

Meet Cledus Our Photo Of The Week For The Week Of 11-22-2010

Isn't he a handsome devil? Cledus is owned by Stephen Roberson of Roanoke VA
Thanks for sharing handsome Cledus with us Stephen!

November 20, 2010

This Is What Happens When You Are Friends With The Local Shelter Folks - Meet Nitro!

Meet Our New Pup Nitro!
Meet our new pup Nitro. We adopted him yesterday from the Salem Animal Shelter. He is a purebred boxer who is completely deaf. We are learning sign language for dogs to communicate with him. He had a wonderful day playing with Tallulah and Bailey. Lexi wants nothing to do with a big goofy puppy. Lexi finally got used to Tallulah bugging her (Tallulah will be two years old on Dec 1, 2010). My friends at the shelter told me Nitro doesn't know how to bark or wine...funny the minute he got here on Bluebird Farm he barks like a professional guard dog. I think someone at the shelter thought I was gullible and they were right because I actually believed them! I can kiss sleep goodbye for awhile...oh my...what have I done?

**** For December updates on our Pup Nitro Click here

November 19, 2010

Chihuahua's In Need Of A Home Right Here in Our Area!

Unfortunately their owner passed away and there are two of these beautiful little Chihuahuas. I'm not sure if they are from the same litter but they all look a like. Here is the link. Be sure to call and see if they are still available.
                          This is Morty                                                               This is Micky
Click below for adoption information
Chihuahua (2) for adoption - owner passed away

November 18, 2010

Great Gift Ideas For Your Dogs!

Portable Dog Crate
Here is a cool Portable Dog Crate. We purchased one last year for Lexi so we could travel more. When we visited my BFF and wanted to go out to eat we would just put her in this and she would nap. We love our portable dog crate! This crate comes from Fetchdog. Click here for more information

Cold Fighter Dog Jacket from Fetch Dog
Take it from me we have been looking all over town for a winter jacket for Lexi and Tallulah and none of them fit right. For some reason they put the strap near the back of the dog instead of under his arms. Thisjacket looks perfect!  Click here to see more info on the Cold Fighter Dog Jacket
Microsuede Cozy Cave by Fetch Dog
If you have a small dog that likes to burrow like Lexi does, this is a perfect solution for your little pup! Lexi makes me get up and cover her up with her "binky"..yes I know she is spoiled. This might just solve all my promblems with her burrowing. Click here to see more info on the Microsuede Cozy Cave

Velvet Dog Crate Cover
If your dog is crate trained and sleeps in his crate often, can you imagine how much he/she would love this Velvet Dog Crate Cover from Fetch Dog? Not only will your pup feel like he is in his own den but it will also be warmer in his crate in the winter time. My big dog Bailey would love this cover! Click here for more information on the Velvet Dog Crate Cover
Good Dog Goodie Bucket From Fetch Dog
I just love this because it is basically Christmas in a bucket for your pup and there is also an option to personalize it. Click here for more information on the Good Dog Goodie Bucket

How To Wrap A Kitty For Christmas!

Lexi and Talluah thought you would all enjoy this holiday video on "how to wrap a kitty for Christmas"...they said you could also use the same method on a small dog (maybe not so good to use on a puppy because they wiggle to much).

Photo Session With Tallulah

Yesterday I decided to do another photo session with Tallulah but this time I decided to use her favorite ball so she would look my way. Usually when I use the digital camera, she will close her eyes as soon as the soft green light comes on (right before the photo is taken). I noticed one day playing "fetch" with her that her eyes showed so much expression. The main challenge I had was moving my left hand with the ball in it and then trying to take a photo without moving my right hand. I usually use both hands to steady the camera. As you can imagine, I had a lot of very fuzzy photos in the beginning. Here are some of the photos from the shoot. I think they turned out pretty good. What do you think?

In this photo she reminds me of a Meerkat with her long neck!

Look at those huge expressive "Pughauhau" eyes!

Another Meerkat shot. Is she perfect or what?!

November 17, 2010

Photo Of The Week - Little Piper The CEC!

This is Piper the CEC! What is a CEC you ask. Why it is a Cheif Executive Cowdog of course! Piper is 9 weeks old and he is owned by CEC (Cheif Executive Cowchick) Casey Claar. This photo was taken about a week ago at this year's Myrtle Beach American Heart Association's Ride. Piper is an Australian Shepherd. Aussies as many folks call them is a breed of herding dogs that was develped on ranches in the Western United States. Despite its name, the breed commonly known as an "Aussie" did not originate in Australia. They acquired their name because of association with Basque sheepherders who came to the U. S. from Australia. Here is more info on the Australian Shepherd

From Warm And Beautiful To Cold And Wet

I love watching my birds chow down at the bird feeder. Here is a little Downy Woodpecker. Isn't he adorable? I am actaully filling up my feeders once a day and I have three big feeders. Not only are the horses eating us out of house and home, but you can add the birds to that list as well (double click on each photo to enlarge).

Lexi and I drove into town the other day and I took these photos just two days ago. The fall leaves where in full swing. We stopped to get a Venti Mocha and this is what the trees looked like right outside of Starbucks. The colors were amazing! Unfortunately the leaves are all gone now. It's like it was warm and colorful one day and then BAM...winter had arrived. It was cold and rainy all day yesterday.

Below is a photo of the sun coming up this morning after the big rain storm. It was an absolutely beautiful sunrise but check out the trees in this photo. The leaves are all gone. Fall has arrived but it feels more like winter. I guess it's just as well with Thanksgiving being only a week off. I am already noticing the Christmas lights and reindeers in the front yards of many of the local farms. I guess it is time to think about wrapping presents, shipping and of course sending out Christmas cards. I think I will do like 10 cards a day for 10 days...I wonder if I can stick to a 10 day Christmas card schedule. How about you, are you ready for the Holidays?

(Bluebird Farm 7:15AM 11-17-2010)

November 15, 2010

Edie Rescued One Hour Before Being Euthanasia!

I know the shelters are over crowded and many times they don't have the time it takes to calm a seemingly aggressive dog down long enough to give it a second chance. In this video a couple of folks took the time to give Edie a little time, understanding, grooming and love. See what happens next....

Man's Best Friend Keeps Children On The Move

Article from ScienceDaily
Children whose families own dogs are more active than those without, according to new research. Researchers from St George's, University of London studied 2,065 children aged nine to ten, and found that children from dog-owning families have higher levels of physical activity compared to children without.

(iStockphoto/Catherine Yeulet)
The team says owning a dog could encourage more children to be active, and help combat rising childhood obesity.The researchers, led by Dr Christopher Owen, senior lecturer in epidemiology at St George's, used activity monitors to record the children's daily movement levels over seven days. They studied children aged nine and ten in 78 schools in London, Birmingham and Leicester. Of the total participants, 202 (around ten per cent) owned dogs.The results -- published in the American Journal of Public Health -- showed that the children with dogs spent an average of 325 minutes doing physical activity per day, 11 more than those without dogs. This included time spent in light, moderate, moderate to vigorous, and vigorous activity. Dog owners also spent 11 minutes less (562 altogether) in sedentary behaviour each day. They were found to take 360 more steps (four per cent) than the others.

Dr Owen said: "The more active lifestyles of children from dog-owning families is really interesting -- is it that owning a dog makes you more active or that more active families choose to have a dog? It's a bit of a chicken and egg question. Long-term studies are needed to answer it, but it may be a bit of both."
"Previous studies have compared adult activity levels before and after getting a dog, and found that they do become more active afterwards. This study is novel in showing that children who have a dog are more active, but, again, long term studies are needed to see if the effect is seen before and after owning a dog."

Adults who own dogs take 1,700 more steps a day on average than non-dog owners -- a 25 per cent difference. The latest study says that the smaller difference in children with dogs compared to adults with dogs is 'unsurprising', and suggests that the physical activity they take with their dogs probably makes up less of their overall level of activity than adults'. Dr Owen added that further work is needed to determine how much of dog-owning children's physical activity is actually undertaken with their pet.

He said: "If children really are going for walkies with their dog, this may be one way to encourage more kids to be active." The study was carried out as part of the Child Heart And health Study in England (CHASE), a St George's project examining the health of about 5,000 primary school children living in London and the Midlands. The study is being undertaken with the support of the Wellcome Trust.

Editor's Note: This article is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.
Story Source: Science Daily (Sept 22, 2010) The above story is reprinted (with editorial adaptations by ScienceDaily staff) from Materials provided by University of St George's London via AlphaGalileo.

November 13, 2010

Talking Dogs Video From You Tube

Thanks to Charlotte Hale for reminding me about how great this dog video is to watch. I haven't seen it in some time and I forgot how wonderful it is. I played it and all the dogs started barking when they heard the dogs on the video

November 12, 2010

How To Perform CPR On Your Dog

Try to watch this video a couple of times...I always remember 4 to 5 breaths to start, 15 compressions in 10 seconds, then one breath in the snout while holding the mouth shut, then add an abdominal squeeze to help circulate the blood back to the heart. So then you go back and repeat with 1 breath in the snout, 15 compressions to the heart and 1 abdominal squeeze and repeat. All of us dog owners should know CPR for our dogs.

November 11, 2010

Police Dog is Retired With New Set Of Wheels

(Photo and post by USA Today Your Life/PawPrintPost)
Some working dogs have a hard time calling it quits, especially this K-9 police dog.

He's been sniffing out narcotics, chasing down suspects and protecting residents for the better part of the last decade in Marlboro, N.J.
Now, it's time for Vaik a 9-year-old German shepherd and 8-year veteran of the Marlboro Police Department's K-9 unit to relax and let someone else take care of him.

Vaik was retired after being diagnosed with degenerative myelopathy, a progressive spinal cord disorder that has left him unable to walk on his hind legs. He received a parting gift: a specially crafted wheelchair to keep him mobile despite his disability.
Patrolman Joseph Chaplinski has lived and worked with Vaik since the dog was 14 months old. Chaplinski put out the word to manufacturers that Vaik needed a support device. Mark Robinson, owner of of Nashua, N.H., answered the call. "Even now, I can tell he's upset when I wear the uniform when I'm leaving the house," Chaplinski said. "He still wants to come along."

Handicapped Pets also made a walker for this dog, allowing it to make an historic climb this summer.

November 10, 2010

How I Wish Lexi and I Could Save Them All~

If you have any room in your heart and home, please think about adoption. God has blessed us with these amazing creatures and it is up to us to protect them, support them and do everything in our power to save them.

November 7, 2010

Photo Of The Week For 11-08-2010

This is my sweet friend Katy Newberry and her precious chihuahua Nyla. Is she a little pumpkin or what? Katy is also a big dog lover. She is my massage therapist and she is also an amazing jewelry designer. I purchase 80% of my jewelry from Katy. She will be having an Southern Gypsy Jewelry Open House this month just in time for Christmas. As soon as I know the specific date and time, I will post it here on The World According To Lexi and on FB so all of you will have an opportunity to own an original Katy Newberry. Her prices are very reasonable. Last year I picked out original designs for all of my sisters and neices for Christmas. Here is a sneak peek at some of her designs.

Photos of Southern Gypsy Jewelry by Katy Newberry - Roanoke Virginia - Open House TBD
(double click on each photo to enlarge)

November 6, 2010

Oogy Is Next On Our Reading List

We can't wait to read Larry Levin's "Oogy". The story is not only heartbreaking but heartwarming at the same time. We have been trying to give Larry some ideas (via Oogy's FB page -!/OogytheBook ) on how he can maybe transport Oogy around the country so they can do a book tour outside of the Northeast region. Oogy can't fly because of his damaged ears. Since I have been in advertising, promotions and event planning for 12 years, I sent Larry a message on how he could apply for a Pepsi Refresh Grant to buy an "Oogymobile" and at the same time pick 5 Pitt Bull rescues in need. The total grant would be around 50K from the Pepsi Refresh Everything Project. This would be an amazing awareness campaign to bring awareness to the plight of Pitt Bulls everywhere. I would also love to meet Oogy in person. Larry could tie in promotionally with the local shelters because they have so many Pitt Bulls and Pitt Bull mixes that are looking for forever homes. How many of you would vote for Oogy on the Pepsi Refresh Everything website? I know most of my dog loving friends would be on board. Now if we can get Larry and Oogy on board they might have a shot to visit our region. Well with that being said, I am at least going to go out and buy the book today and OBTW...I think I will also purchase a big box of tissues.

OXOXOX   Christina, Lexi, Bailey, Tallulah

November 5, 2010

Photo Of The Week For 11-1-2010

This is "Breaker Dog" owned by he CEC (cheif executive cowchick) Danielle Toms

Some of the photos were taken with a smart phone so to make them consistent in color for a collage, I went ahead and put them in a sephia effect and changed the levels of light and darkness in each photo so they look good next to each other. Thanks to Danielle Toms for sharing these beautiful photos and for letting us show off Breaker Dog to all of our dog lovers. He is a fine looking Boxer and I know he is Danielle's constant companion because I see him at many of the local horse shows. He is such a good boy!


This is for all of our dog loving friends and their dogs...TGIF..TGIF...TGIF

November 2, 2010

November Is National Adopt A Senior Pet Month!

(in honor of our sweet Dakota Lee pictured here at 11 years old)

Since November is National Adopt A Senior Pet Month, Lexi, Tallulah, Bailey and I wanted to take this opportunity to point out the top 10 reasons you should all consider adopting and older dog.


1. Older dogs are housetrained. You won't have to go through the difficult stage(s) of teaching a puppy house manners and mopping up after accidents.

2. Older dogs are not teething puppies, and won't chew your shoes and furniture while growing up.

3. Older dogs can focus well because they've mellowed. Therefore, they learn quickly.

4. Older dogs have learned what "no" means. If they hadn't learned it, they wouldn't have gotten to be "older" dogs.

5. Older dogs settle in easily, because they've learned what it takes to get along with others and become part of a pack.

6. Older dogs are good at giving love, once they get into their new, loving home. They are grateful for the second chance they've been given.

7. What You See Is What You Get: unlike puppies, older dogs have grown into their shape and personality. Puppies can grow up to be quite different from what they seemed at first.

8. Older dogs are instant companions -- ready for hiking, car trips, and other things you like to do.

9. Older dogs leave you time for yourself, because they don't make the kinds of demands on your time and attention that puppies and young dogs do.

10. Older dogs let you get a good night's sleep because they're accustomed to human schedules and don't generally need nighttime feedings, comforting, or bathroom breaks.

To own an older priceless!

To learn more about the pleasures of older dog adoption, please visit the Senior Dogs Project site at

For our local shelters you can check out the following links:
The Salem Animal Shelter
The Roanoke Valley SPCA
Star City Greyhounds
Angels of Assisi Clinic - Roanoke
League for Animal Protection - Fincastle VA

November 1, 2010

Katherine Heigl and the Compassion Revolution Pledge $ 1 Million Dollars for Spay/Neuter And Supporting Pet Programs

Lexi wanted me to make sure that gives a big dog shout out to Katherine Heigl who recently kicked off a companion pet initiative called the The Compassion Revolution in honor of her brother Jason Debus Heigl. Katherine Heigl, on behalf of the Heigl Foundation has recently pledged
$ 1 million dollars to it's mission to unite diverse groups and individuals to participate in programs and initiatives that will directly address the pet overpopulation crisis in the City and County of Los Angele and surrounding areas. For more information on The Compassion Revolution click here

Polo Singing Dog - Great Commercial!

I love this commercial because my little Tallulah is strong and very confident at home but the minute you take her off Bluebird Farm she starts being all nervous and shivering from her head to her tail. Check out Polo in this VW ad. I think they captured a lot of little dogs in this ad.