Chester is in Search of his Forever Home

This handsome guy is Chester. Chester is a Riverhead Animal Shelter favorite as he is a goofy guy. He loves walking, affection, giving kisses, & would make a great pet.

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Positive Power is Amazing

People have the power to think negative, dogs just are. See how amazing you can be if you don’t put any limitations on yourself, just be & do, Steve Rizzo.

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It is all about the Dogs, We’ve made up a lot by Gina Rizzo

I am a fan of all dogs.  Anyone that knows me well knows I think all dogs deserve a second chance.  There are times dogs misbehave, yes.   In all the dogs I’ve encountered in the last 5 years many were the way they were because someone taught them to behave that way.

The dogs were well behaved or out of control because of no training; total neglect, too much love & no rules, no exercise, no affection, or no socialization.  I am always saddened that so many people can fall prey to what the news media believes we should think.

I could not have written this article better, so I will not try, please click on the link & read what Yonah Ward Grossman has said about one particular breed of dog.  Their lives have taken a negative change because of people.

Good bad or otherwise, we are either part of the solution or problem by what we say and do and by what we teach our children.  Please don’t punish a breed because of what some people have done to them.  As a volunteer for local rescue group & shelters I see so many & given the chance they are lovers with hearts of Gold.

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I am a FOREVER Dog

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April Awareness Month is for the Greyhounds!

A shaky economy & racetrack closures have left thousands of Greyhounds homeless in the past few years. The Greyhound Project hopes to change that this April with National Adopt-a-Greyhound month.

“Greyhounds make great pets and companions. They are graceful, gentle and can be a great addition to any dog loving family,” Michael McCann, president of the Greyhound Project said in a press release. “Recent track closing & a struggling economy have resulted in fewer adoptions and more surrenders. National Adopt-a-Greyhound month is a great time to welcome these wonderful Greyhounds into loving and permanent homes.”

The Greyhound Project supports more than 300 adoption groups nationwide.

To find a rescue near you and to determine if the breed fits your lifestyle please visit:

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Volunteer to Walk a Dog, even if you don’t live with one by Gina Rizzo

Unleash the Benefits of dog walking.  For a instant health boost, to put a smile on your face, a little pep in your step, walk a dog or your dog.  New research shows owning a dog enhances your overall health & well being.

Dogs are exercise machines & Best friends all rolled into one.  Walking a dog 45 minutes a day gives cardiovascular benefits & is a great way to relieve stress.  If you don’t share your life with a dog, volunteer with a local rescue group or volunteer at your local shelter.  There is never a shortage of friends in need of a walking partner.

Those of us who are involved in dog rescue have a saying, “Friends don’t let Friends walk alone, Companionship at it’s finest!”

So go, get ready to go for a walk with your 4 legged friend or someone else’s friend, your health will Thank YOU for it, Happy Walking…

What better way to get ready for summer & Happy Spring!

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Be Kind by Gina Rizzo

Be Kind
Use positive methods to teach your dog what you expect of them. If you want them to respect you – earn it by being the kind of leader you would follow.

Prevention isn’t training, but it can help to get rid of unwanted behavior because you are not giving your dog an opportunity to practice it over & over.
Example: A woman contacted me about her lab mix chewing up her kitchen, literally. I suggested crating the dog while she was at work for now. The woman also was instructed to add regular exercise into the dog’s daily life. This was easy as she has a son who jogs several times a week. He didn’t take the dog with him prior because the dog always pulled. We worked on getting the pulling under control with some training. We added regular play sessions of find it & fetch. The dog was given something every day to chew while the owner was at work, to give him something added to do. Each day the dog has a regular routine of exercise, play time, & was positively reinforced for doing the right things. Over time the crate was left opened. The kitchen was no longer a way to get out the dogs frustration. The dog had been trying to tell the family something was wrong, but they didn’t understand. Now the family has a happy dog, a kitchen that by everyday standards is normal, & it will stay that way.

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Kelly & Second Chances by Gina Rizzo

I thought it was only fitting to have my first blog about a very dear friend. Kelly is a dog I had the true pleasure of meeting in my local shelter. Kelly, I will say was, because she passed over the Rainbow Bridge on Feb. 12, 2012. Kelly came into the shelter a German Shepherd approximately 7 years old with tons of fear, picked up as a stray. Her typical way of dealing with anyone was jumping, lunging, with lots of barking & showing of her teeth which was a serious warning not to get too close.

I spent several weeks getting to get Kelly to trust me simply by walking by her kennel fast & tossing small treats to her. I would then walk by slowly & wait for the barking to stop before giving the treat. I worked my way up to playing catch with her. I would toss treats & Kelly tried to catch them. We progressed to where Kelly had to make eye contact & sit, at which point I would give lots of treats & just as much praise. Slowly we worked to getting Kelly out for walks. As Kelly became more trusting, she got to meet more people, as long as her behavior progressed so did her training. Kelly was able to meet people on leash, at a slow pace, & was doing really well.

Once we were able to have Kelly meet several people male & female outside her kennel area we knew Kelly was ready to find her forever home. A progress that met with a rather large challenge as Kelly needed time to feel comfortable with someone new. This person had to want to work with Kelly as this was a process that would require time, much training, physical activity, love & lots of patience. Miracles do happen because RSVP Inc. ( helped me to find just the woman for Kelly.

We started from square 1 with this new person having to do all that I did. It was important that Kelly would develop a strong trust with the person that she would be living with because we needed to teach Kelly that when she was unsure she needed to look to her owner for guidance as to what to do. Kelly was building trust for her new owner & her new owner was falling in love with Kelly the way I did. Sadly, Kelly passed away before she got out of the shelter.

I am sharing Kelly’s story with you because there are many Kelly’s out there. They were either taught incorrectly, not taught at all, abused, or were just neglected. Kelly did not want to be fearful of people, someone made her that way. With time Kelly gave me her trust, devotion, & love. I will never forget the last day I saw her. I kneeled down, patted my leg, Kelly came into my space, put her head down & leaned into my chest, searched out my hand & kissed it. I know she was grateful for the time I gave her. I will forever be grateful for the love & affection she gave me. Kelly has left what I call her forever paw prints on my heart.

The German Shepherd that Left Paw Prints on my Heart Forever...

Kelly Summer 2011


Second Chances are important to us all. There are many dogs waiting in shelters for their second chance…

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