Archive for October, 2008

Toula to be featured entertainment at rescue benefit dinner

October 21, 2008


Toula and I are honored to be the featured entertainment at the   KALAMAZOO ANIMAL RESCUE silent auction dinner on Sunday, November 16th.  The event includes a silent auction and dinner at the Gull Lake Country Club.  This will be a fun event and a great way to show your support for the many rescue animals in our community. 

Toula herself is a rescue dog and was born at Kalamazoo Animal Shelter and later taken in by a rescue group.    

Please join Toula in supporting Kalamazoo Animal Rescue.   Toula and I are looking forward to a full house and we encoruage you to make reservations ASAP.  You will not want to miss the local presentation of America’s Most Talented Pet and movie actor. We look forward to seeing you!

Welcome new TEAM WHATADOG Member

October 20, 2008

[gallery] Rescued dog Keegan          

We are very excited to introduce the newest Team WHATADOG member, Keegan.  Keegan is a rescued two year old yorkie-poo who we adopted  on Labor Day 2008.  Even though Keegan is only two years old, like many rescue dogs, he came with an unknown history; however, what we do know is that we are Keegan’s forth home. 


Keegan is in training for a K9 movie actor and over the next year, you will be able to follow his success as he learns new behaviors and watch a dog actor in the making.  From learning to sit to covering his eyes, as well as many other behaviors, Keegan will show you a rescue dog on his way from rags to riches.



With help from Toula, Cole and Annie, Keegan is one his way to learning how to be a good boy and getting well socialized with other dogs and humans. 


So far, Keegan has proved to be 8 pounds of a happy, lovable and smart little dog.  Stay posted for more updates!


If considering a new dog in your family, please open your heart to a rescue dog. 

Pumpkins in the Park was a success!

October 20, 2008

On Saturday,  October 18, 2008, Toula took part in judging the pet contest which was part of Plainwell’s Pumpkins in the Park.  There was a great turn out for the event with a variety of dogs.  We had a beautiful sunny day to spend outside at Hick’s Park, enjoying the people, events and cider.  It was a pleasure meeting so many nice people.  Toula left with a few new fans and made many new friends, K9 and human.  Thanks to everyone that made Pumpkins in the Park a success and special thanks to Plainwell’s Ransom Public Library for organizing the pet contest.

Toula Judging Pet Trick Competition on Sat, Oct 18

October 15, 2008

Looking for something fun to do this Saturday?  Take a trip to lovely Plainwell for Pumpkins in the Park from 11 – 3 pm.  At 11:30 Toula will be one of three judges for the Allegan County Public Library’s Best Pet Trick competition which will take place between 11:30 and 1 pm.  If you are interested in signing up your pet, contact the Ransom Public Library at 269-685-8024.

How exactly does a dog judge a pet trick competition?   Come on, you are talking about America’s Most Talented Pet and don’t think she won’t be cheering on and giving a few high fives to the pet she thinks does some outstanding behaviors. 

We will keep you posted on Toula’s future appearances at Plainwell’s Ransom Public Library which will include the review of Marley and Me.  You won’t see Jennifer Aniston or the Marley dog actor there, so Christine and Toula will have to do!  And no, Toula will not be getting her hair dyed blond for this gig!

Be the leader!

The Bio of Cole and Toula

October 9, 2008
Cole and Toula

Cole and Toula

Both Cole and Toula are rescued border collies. Though they share rescue-hood, their rescue stories are very different. Cole was relinquished by his owners at the age of one year and six months old at which time he was taken in by a rescue group. Toula was born at an animal shelter and at three days old taken under the wing of a rescue group.

Cole was said to lack intelligence, not trainable and should be put to sleep prior to coming into rescue. Toula came into my life at the young age of 6 weeks old. Both Cole and Toula have proved to be extremely intelligent, loving and loyal dogs. When not working with Team WHATADOG, Cole and Toula enjoy numerous activities. Both are dog actors, compete in Agility, Dock Dog Diving, Classic K9 NASCAR Agility, and take part in endless hours of “chuck-it”, swimming and relaxing with their family.

As members of Team WHATADOG, one of the most important roles Cole and Toula play is that of the spokes dog for all rescue dogs. If you are considering opening your home to a new dog, please consider a rescue dog.

Team WHATADOG: Behind every successful business is a dog, or two.

October 9, 2008

Team WHATDOG is proud to have two very special K9 assistances, Cole and Toula. Both Cole and Toula are key components in our training program. They have each logged hundreds of hours assisting in training and working side-by-side with WHATADOG clients. Cole and Toula have had a profound effect on many WHATADOG clients, both human and K9 alike. Because of Cole and Toula, many K9 WHATADOG clients have been able overcome socialization issues, behavioral issues and excelled in overall obedience training. Cole and Toula have educated many human WHATADOG clients as to what a dog is capable of, regardless of age and background.