From Rescues to Rockstars, the Furry Fashionistas of BlogHer '12!

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I can still remember the first time I saw my dog Molly. It was August 29th, 2006. She was in pretty rough shape, with some medical issues that needed attention (and let's face it, money), but as soon as her paws hit the floor, she was like a toy who had been newly wound up. Goofy and playful, running all over the place, jumping up and trying to give kisses. And she opened up a place in my heart that I never knew existed before (and yes, I realize what a cheesy line that is, but it doesn't make it any less true). I think that's the beautiful thing about adopting a pet. That symbiotic relationship. You may be rescuing them, but they rescue you right back, in their own way.

She's my sidekick, my constant.

There are so many animals out there, like Molly, who need homes. And when you adopt from a shelter, you're not just getting your new pet, you're getting amazing resources as well. At shelters like the ASPCA and the SF SPCA (where I have spent some time volunteering), basic medical care is covered, from vaccinations and exams; and most often if a pet has a more serious condition, they have plans to help you with their treatment. They also have volunteers who spend hours socializing and training the animals to be great companions, and offer training classes to help you with your new pet. They care about the well-being of the animals, not about turning a profit.

Our Fashion Show sponsor, PetSmart, is a strong supporter of pet adoption, as is their partner ASPCA, and we were so proud to showcase rescue dogs as our dog models. Every dog model belonged to either a BlogHer or ASPCA staff member, and was originally a rescue.

Shelters across the country have dogs and puppies up for adoption that need loving homes; why not save a life while bringing home your new best friend? Visit www.aspca.org/adopt to learn more about pet adoption and to find a local animal shelter near you. And if you can't have a pet in your rental, consider volunteering!

Here's a recap of our furry fashionistas, rocking that PetSmart gear like nobody's business, with a little more about their adoption stories.

FRED
Wearing Martha Stewart Pets
Owner: Julie Hong

I adopted Fred from Tibetan Terrier Rescue about 3 ½ years ago.  He was rescued from a puppy mill in Missouri with 17 other dogs.  Fred was one of the worst out of the group, showing both extreme psychological and physical scars from his past.  Tibetan Terrier Rescue was initially reluctant to allow me to adopt Fred because they didn’t think he would do well in the city.  It was a slow but steady road to recovery and it still amazes me to think how far he’s come.  Once a dog who would not give direct eye contact to anyone, Fred is now able to strut his stuff down the streets of Manhattan and even star in a PetSmart fashion show at the Blogher Conference!  Fred embodies the definition of resilience and he has taught me that rescued animals – no matter how horrible their past lives – are capable of healing and living healthy and happy lives.  
 

Credit Image: Danielle Tsi

 

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MIDNIGHT
Wearing Brett Michaels Pets Rock
Owner: Sasha Prince 

Midnight started off as a cute little puppy but along the way has taught me unconditional love, joy, happiness and patience (I need to highlight patience because I had none before him). I am a better mom, wife and friend because of him.
 

Credit Image: Danielle Tsi

 

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JERSEY
Wearing Top Paws
Owner: Sara Colodner 

Jersey, our rescue Weimaraner, is truly a special presence in our lives. We adopted her at the age of 6 months and shortly thereafter she proceeded to eat our couches, coffee table and rugs, but we still never looked back. This was truly a small price to pay for the joy she has given us over the past 4 years. With patience and persistence, exercise and training she morphed into the world's sweetest and most laid back dog (well, inside the apartment anyway...) Her silly antics and sweet face never fail to make me smile when I walk through the door after a hard day, and when all 60lbs of her are, somehow, strategically in my lap looking for a snuggle or a kiss, I know we made the right decision. I hope anyone considering a dog will consider rescue, there is no greater gift to yourself or a dog in need than a wonderful, safe home.
 

Credit Image: Danielle Tsi

 

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TROTSKII
Wearing DC Comics
Owner: Carrie Straus 

The Amish puppy mill that Trotskii, my West Highland Terrier, was born in was going to throw him away due to an easily fixed birth defect. Luckily for him (and for me), he was scooped up by a NJ-based rescuer and I adopted him at about 6 weeks of age. He is a bright-eyed, energetic and loving little imp who has added an unquantifiable amount joy to my life.
 

Credit Image: Danielle Tsi

 

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SHADOW
Wearing Brett Michaels Pets Rock
Owner: Lia Sur 

I was an animal rescue volunteer working the routine pet adoption when I met Shadow. I never understood what love at first sight meant until that moment. He has the most amazing spirit and has brought me more happiness than I could ever imagine. And he never ceases to amaze me – walking the runway in a dress like a pro!
 

Credit Image: Danielle Tsi

 

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BINAH
Wearing Martha Stewart Pets
Owner: Michael Barrett 

Binah was rescued by the ASPCA’s Field Investigations and Response team from a particularly grim and dreary puppy mill in January 2010. She was unable to walk due to a congenital defect in both of her hind legs, so she spent the first three years of her life inside a dirty cage bearing litters of puppies. On the day of the raid, Binah stood out as a little dog with a huge spirit. She apparently had a big impact on her rescuers, and because she was such a severe medical case, they brought her to the ASPCA’s Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital in New York to operate on her legs and give her a chance to adjust to life outside a puppy mill. Since adopting her in May 2010, Binah has become the light and love of my life, and she finds most of her enjoyment taking me for runs and walks in the streets of New York City, hanging out with her ever-expanding family of squeaky toys, and furthering her mission to change the world’s perception of Chihuahuas by making as many people as possible smile and see the love that dogs can give and deserve in return.
 

Credit Image: Danielle Tsi

 

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Mikey
Wearing DC Comics
Owner: Emily Schneider 

Mikey’s previous owners left him on the streets of Brooklyn to fend for himself—he weighed a mere four pounds, his hair was matted, and his nails were completely overgrown. When I met him for the first time, Mikey stared at me with his beautiful brown eyes, lowered his antenna ears and rolled on his back. My heart gushed—I completely fell in love. 

Although Mikey seemed like a calm, submissive dog when I first met him, he turned out to be quite an active fellow with a passion for the face-paced city life. He loves to chew on his sister Olive’s ears, compete in five-mile races, and stay up all night fetching ball. Someone once said you don’t get the dog you want, you get the dog you need. Mikey came into my life to teach me patience, trust, and remind me why I love my job—helping to further the ASPCA’s mission and save countless homeless animals like Mikey.

Credit Image: Danielle Tsi

 

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NATASHA
Wearing Martha Stewart Pets
Owner: Christine Livathinos 

In October of 2005 Natasha was hit by a car and had a fractured pelvis. Unfortunately, the people who had her could not afford the medical costs of getting her help so  they relinquished her to AC&C. The ASPCA stepped in and through the Trooper Fund was able to get her the medical treatment she needed.  While Natasha was recovering from her  injuries I happened to be passing by a restricted holding area and found her in one of the kitty condos. She instantly went crazy for me and started barking and jumping up and down trying to get out of her condo to get to me.  I opened her door and she leaped into my arms and the rest is history. Natasha is a wonderful loving dog and I can’t image my life without her.


 

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