The Dog Blog

  1. Angus: Our 2018 Mutt Strutt Spokesdog

    Angus was adopted by Der Au when he was just 10 weeks old. She knew that Angus was for her the first time she saw him. Der Au also knew as soon as she adopted him that she was going to need help. She had adopted a Great Dane in the past, but that dog […]

  2. Giving Virginia Shelter Dogs a Second Chance

    At this time last year, a sweet, gentle six-year-old pup named Luke entered our Pixie’s Pen Pals program. Through a partnership with the Virginia Department of Corrections, the Pen Pals program places homeless dogs like Luke in correctional facilities to be trained and socialized by inmate handlers under the guidance of professional dog trainers. The […]

  3. “Canine statue to be dedicated at Short Pump Park”

    Courtesy of Henrico Citizen Special to the Citizen | on August 10, 2018 By Jocelyn Grzeszczak, Special to the Citizen Short Pump Park soon will have a new permanent canine resident. In collaboration with FETCH a Cure, Henrico County Recreation and Parks Aug. 11 will reveal a red steel dog sculpture that will be placed directly outside of […]

  4. Barkley: Therapy Dog, Best Friend and Cancer Survivor

    Courtesy of Barkley’s mom, Kathleen, and written in April of 2018: Barkley is a 5 year old lab/hound mix that we adopted almost three years ago from the SPCA in Richmond. Barkley quickly became a beloved member of our family. I am a nurse working at Tucker Pavilion at CJW Medical Center. Tucker Pavilion is […]

  5. Give Love; Get Love

    The following story is courtesy of Jonathan K., a former Pen Pals handler: Jonathan entered into the prison system at 18 years old. He came from a broken, drug-infested and criminal home life early on. Jonathan never knew who his father was, and his mother was a heroin addict, prostitute and criminal for years before […]