Sunday, December 12, 2010


Dutchess - 105 lbs. of pure French Bullmastiff love! This beautiful, 5 year old girl wants to be your one and only. Has lived with cats. No other dogs.


Codi - Stunning, cream & white Pit Bull Terrier. Gorgeous girl, about 4 1/2 years old.

Saturday, December 11, 2010


Pickles - 7 month old Beagle/Pug mix. Sweet and happy little girl!



Dooney - 4 1/2 years old, Pomeranian/Chihuahua mix. Likes cats & dogs!


Maya - Silly and scruffy, Norwich or Cairn Terrier. Adorable! Background unknown.


Winnie - Sweet and innocent 4 week old Pit Bull Terrier puppy. Abused, perforated eye. Possibly blinded in left eye. Sweet as molasses!


Rosie - Precious Jack Russell Terrier, 5 months old. Bouncy and VERY energetic!


Honey - Lab/Chow mix, 6 years old. Playful and smart; beautiful girl. Not fond of other dogs!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Adoption Update - Beau Finds the Perfect Home - and A Girlfriend!

Beau (sitting on the floor) is a 7-year-old Bichon who lost one eye to glaucoma. He came to Paws in August and is just the sweetest little guy.

A champion cuddler, Beau gets along with other dogs, doesn't mind gentle children, and loves everyone he meets.

The catch? Beau's previous owners didn't teach him to eliminate outdoors, so he has occasional accidents inside.

Our 1st goal was to try to housebreak him. Not an easy task in a kennel filled with 20+ other dogs who also needed attention. Goal #2 was to find him the right home - one with a patient owner who would continue the task of working with him until he understood that eliminating outside was oh-so-much-better than doing so inside - also not an easy task.

This past Sunday, Paws held its 3rd Annual Bark in the Park fundraiser, and Beau was one of the shelter dogs who attended. Aside from the fact that his "Adopt Me" donation vest was stuffed to the brim with donations (he's a charmer, I'm telling you!), he attracted quite a following of people interested in him... Including this lovely couple who have a very sweet and loving 7-year-old Bichon of their own! Was it Karma?

Beau, Molly, and this couple spent quite a while together at the park on Sunday. One thing led to another, and by Wednesday Beau not only had a wonderful new home, he had a new girlfriend, too! Just look at the smiles on all four faces!

I love a happy ending, and I don't think it could have been better than this!

Friday, September 10, 2010

Help Paws Win A New, Free Website!

You all know that Paws is a no-kill animal shelter in Norwalk, CT. I adopted two of my five dogs from Paws, Charlie and Oliver.

If you can, I'd appreciate it if you would vote for us in this poll on Facebook. I'd also be very grateful if you would share the link with your friends and family!

If Paws wins, we'd get a free website. And boy, do we need it. Just take a look at this page, and tell me if you don't agree!

Elevation, the sponsor of the poll, specializes in web solutions for non-profits. If we were to win, it would be a dream come true!

Thank you so much for your support!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

UPDATED! Deadline for PAWS Photo Contest Extended!

DEADLINE EXTENDED to September 10th!!
Handsome, silly, quirky, dramatic - what's your dog's Star Quality?

Enter him or her - or both! - in the PAWS "Bark in the Park" Photo Contest!

Submit a photo for a chance to win a cool prize AND have your dog appear as the PAWS Facebook Fan Page Mascot for two weeks!

Please print this form and mail it with your photo and payment for $5 made payable to PAWS to:

  PAWS Photo Contest
  504 Main Ave.
  Norwalk, CT  06851


- Photos must be received at PAWS no later than Friday, Sept. 10th, 2010.
- Contest is open to all dogs. You do NOT have to be registered to walk at the event!
- No humans in the photos please.
- One dog per entry but you may submit multiple entries at $5 each.

Photos will be available for pick-up at the PAWS 3rd Annual “Bark in the Park” on Sunday September 19th, 2010, and the winner will be announced at 2:00 pm!

So... Does your dog have Star Quality?! Let's find out!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Does Your Dog Have Star Quality?

DEADLINE EXTENDED to September 10th!!

Handsome, silly, quirky, dramatic - what's your dog's Star Quality?

Enter him or her - or both! - in the PAWS "Bark in the Park" Photo Contest!

Submit a photo for a chance to win a cool prize AND have your dog appear as the PAWS Facebook Fan Page Mascot for two weeks!

Please print this form and mail it with your photo and payment for $5 made payable to PAWS to:

  PAWS Photo Contest
  504 Main Ave.
  Norwalk, CT  06851


- Photos must be received at PAWS no later than Sat. Sept. 3rd, 2010.
- Contest is open to all dogs. You do NOT have to be registered to walk at the event!
- No humans in the photos please.
- One dog per entry but you may submit multiple entries at $5 each.

Photos will be available for pick-up at the PAWS 3rd Annual “Bark in the Park” on Sunday September 19th, 2010, and the winner will be announced at 2:00 pm!

So... Does your dog have Star Quality?! Let's find out!

Saturday, August 14, 2010

We're Honored!

Our friends at Animal Shelter Volunteer Life gave us this great award! What a sweet thing to do and a wonderful way to end a week. We want to thank them from the bottom of our hearts!

There are some rules that go along with it, so here goes...
  1. Thank the person who gave you the award - Done!
  2. Share 7 things about yourself 
  3. Pass the award along to 15 blogger friends. Now that's a tough one. I have so many who do such a wonderful job with their blogs! They're all fantastic!
  4. Contact the bloggers you picked and let them know about the award

So, I'm going to focus on seven of the great dogs at Paws and share things about them!
1) Apple has been at Paws for some time now, almost 1.5 years, and he doesn't deserve it! Apple's only "crime" is that he doesn't care for other animals. He's perfectly housebroken, doesn't destroy a thing when left alone, cuddles with the best of them, and is extremely playful. He's the perfect companion!


2) Bandit has been waiting for his forever home for over six months. He's a loving, sweet, and playful Pit Bull mix who will sit on your lap for hours. He loves the company of other dogs, and would appreciate a home with a yard and maybe a playpal for a good romp!


3) Francois, a Mastiff/Pit Bull mix, has also been at Paws far too long. He was abandoned one day and was found tied to our fence. This fella can hold three tennis balls in his mouth at once! He's definitely a favorite at Paws!


4) Gizmo, a beautiful Siberian Husky, originally came in with her dad. He has since been adopted, but Gizmo is still with us. She's a gorgeous girl, and would love to be in a home with someone who can spend time with her as she loves people!


5) Mikey! Oh, what a teddy bear! This boy is everything you could ever want in a furry companion. Housebroken, cuddly, lovable, loving. Why is he still at Paws? He's nine years old, and has lots of spunk. Throw a tennis ball and Mikey is at it. Fill up the kiddy pool - well, just look at the picture!


6) Sweet Pea is (shhhh!) my personal favorite. She came to us after a volunteer found her wandering one freezing cold night during a snowstorm. It was obvious that she had recently had puppies, but they were no where to be found. Sweet Pea was thin as a rail, her ribs poking through her skin. I remember taking her in that night; I'll never forget the look of gratitude in her eyes when I set up her kennel with food, water, and a huge, fluffy bed. She sank into it with a sigh...

Sweet Pea

7) Whitey Ford! Yes, this dog is dressed as a Yankee, and he's as playful as one! This senior boy came back to Paws after being in a home for 10 years. He's an MVP in our book: Most Valuable Pooch! Whitey keeps his room spotless and loves going for walks, but isn't too fond of sharing the spotlight with other animals.

Whitey Ford
Now, I have to pass this award on to 15 bloggers who I think are fantastic. This wasn't easy because I'm fond of MANY bloggers and from where I sit, you're all fantastic!!
My final task is to head off to each blog to notify them of their award! 
Enjoy your weekend!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Adoption Update - Colby

Think they look just a little happy?

Colby found love with a great family, and I think his ear-to-ear grin tells it all! For some reason, I think there might be future arguments about whose lap Colby gets to sit on... :)

Adoption Update - Al

Al found a great home, and has been spotted around town at the dog park!

From what we hear, he's living the good life of belly rubs and long walks, visits to the beach and romps in the park. Good for you, Al!

Adoption Update - Charlie

This isn't a great picture, but you can still make out the smiles on Charlie's new family's faces!

Charlie was only at Paws for a couple of weeks, and he had a chance to slim down a little, find a home, and make a lot of people happy. (He's wearing an e-collar because he had just been neutered.)

You'll recall that he came to us after his human passed away, which is difficult for a dog, but Charlie didn't have to wait long to find love all over again!

Friday, July 9, 2010


Okay, so I have a really soft spot for this gal.

She was at Paws four years ago, and was then known as Ally. Her most recent owners had to give her up when they could no longer care for her.

I wish I could scoop up this love bug! Sadie is THE best cuddler in town.

She's a "petite" Pit Bull, small in stature, only about 45 lbs. But she's big on love. And can she smile!

Her red and white markings are stunning, and there's not much she wouldn't do to please you.

We think she might get along with some dogs, but an introduction would be necessary.

Sadie is about four-years-old, spayed, and up-to-date on all vaccinations. If you want a playful, yet cuddly pup, this is the girl for you!


Charlie is a chubby, handsome Cocker Spaniel who came to Paws after his owner passed away.

This four-year-old sweetie is now on a diet. :)   He likes friendly dogs, and gentle, quiet, youngsters.

As a chubster, Charlie would love to live the life of Couch Potato. But, a home with a little activity - a daily walk - would be best for this cuddly fellow!


Marvin's parents had to give him up when they decided that they could no longer care for him. They first adopted him from us when he was a four-month-old puppy.

He's now grown into a beautiful two-year-old Yellow Lab with an ear-to-ear grin! This boy needs some basic obedience training, and you'll have a great companion.

If you have the time to invest and you're looking for a great walking partner, Marvin could be The One!


Golden boy looking for a home!

Chico is a 4 1/2 year old Lab/Retriever mix, who is the gentlest boy in town. Sadly, he spent most of his life ignored in a back yard. But you'd never know it the way he showers you with love and affection when he greets you!

He's about 75 lbs., and he walks well on a leash. I think this boy would love a family so he can be the dog he never had a chance to be - toss a ball, cuddle, go for walks - that's what Chico would love!

Think you can be that home?


Yes, she is! Sweet as sugar, that is.

This little Maltese was given up by her owner who couldn't take her with her when she moved.

Sugar is a tiny gal, who really needs to gain some weight. She was a picky eater when she first came to the shelter, but now she's starting to eat a little better.

This sweetie would do best in a home with older children who understand that a small dog isn't a toy, probably ages 10+.

Sugar will be spayed next week, then she's ready to go!

Adoption Update - Ziggy

I had the pleasure of delivering Ziggy to his new home this past Monday. He now has a house of his own with fenced back yard, perfect for the Zigster to play and run around in.

Ziggy's new mom had a Pit Bull for about 12 years, and her son was only eight years old when that dog first came to live with them. As you can imagine, her loss hit them very hard.

Enter Zigster, and the smiles were back on their faces! Even Ziggy is smiling! Yeah, everyone is happy!

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Adoption Update - Annabelle

The Belle has left the building, and with a great mom and siblings to boot!

Annabelle, now known as Sydney, has a sister and brother who are beautiful Shelties, and some feline siblings as well. Sydney's mom reports that our spoiled little girl is finally eating better (she experienced a poor appetite at the shelter), but wants to be fed like a true princess: from a spoon!

Hugs to you, Princess Sydney!

Friday, June 11, 2010


Why is it that Pomeranians always look like they're smiling? I mean, doesn't this look like a happy dog?

Well, Colby is a happy dog! He's happy in your lap, near your side, in your lap, on a walk, in your lap - you get the idea, right? He's a friendly, affectionate, and - well - happy little guy.

Colby will be three years old next month. He's been neutered and is up-to-date on his vaccinations. He has tested positive for Lyme, but he's asymptomatic. He was found to be positive during a routine vet visit, and is currently being treated.

The only time Colby isn't happy is when he has to share food and treats with another dog. Then, he's very UNhappy, and he shows it, thinking he's as big as any dog in the place!

So, if you're looking for a smiling Pomeranian, Colby might be the guy for you! Just hold the treats until the two of you are alone!

Update - Gracie

Remember this dog, with the sad, dull, and patchy coat? Gracie had lost most of it to flea allergies. It didn't dampen her spirits, but it did take away from the beautiful personality that she has.

Well, Gracie came for a visit this week, and look at her today:

Folks, this luxurious coat is brought to you by love and care! Doesn't she look beautiful!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Adoption Update - Charlie and Oliver

Charlie (left, formerly known as Jada) was adopted from PAWS in 2004 as a 10-week old puppy, and Oliver (right, formerly known as Padre) was adopted last month when he was 3 1/2 months old.

Charlie and Oliver have become fast friends and can't play together enough! This picture was hard to get - there aren't many moments when they're actually sitting still!

Buster, the Parson Russell in the second picture, was adopted in 1999 from Russell Rescue. He likes to get in on the action, too!

Sunday, May 30, 2010


Annabelle is a teacup Australian Shepherd who was given up by her owner.

This vociferous young lady weighs in at just 3 pounds, and is four months old. Full grown, she should weigh about eight pounds.

She has all of the characteristics and tenacity of a full-sized Aussie - the voice and tendency to dominate are definitely there!

She's a lovely little girl, and already has a ton of applications in on her. What would you expect? But I hope people realize that size doesn't matter with this pup; she's a HUGE dog in a tiny body! :)


Meet Al, a cute and happy little terrier mix! He looks to be a Westie mix, and he's got the market cornered on gentlemanly good looks!

Al was given up by his owners because they had to move and they couldn't take them with him.

This little guy seems very sweet, but he's nervous right now as he settles in at the shelter.

He's not a fan of cats but he likes other dogs and has lived with children as young as 9-years-old. He himself is just 2 1/2!

Al has to be neutered before he's placed in a home, and he's up-to-date on all vaccinations.

I think he'd make a nice little companion for someone!

Saturday, May 15, 2010


This mushball is almost as sweet as he looks. :0)

A five-month-old AmStaff mix, he's already been in one home, but as he grew, he became a bit much for the dachshund pair he was living with. So his original foster mom decided she should take him back, teach him a few more manners, and find him a more appropriate home (she's one of PAWS's BEST volunteer/staff members!).

Ziggs needs an owner who is experienced with the breed. The perfect owner will be a good doggie leader and provide structure and training to our mushball. Ziggs is highly food-motivated, so training will be that much easier!

Ziggy can live with older, calm, and dominant dogs who will keep him in line and remind him that he's not the boss.

As I said, Ziggs is a mushball and will definitely wiggle his way into your heart! He gives the best kisses and cuddles! Typical Pit Bull - love with fur!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010


Rochelle is very, very shy with humans but she flourishes when around other dogs. She's not at all aggressive to people; rather, she shrinks away. We've gotten to the point (in just 1 1/2 weeks) where she'll greet me when I walk into her room, which I think is wonderful progress.

Outside with other dogs, she plays just like any dog - running, grabbing toys, play-bowing. It's a beautiful sight! Sometimes I wish they could talk or I could read their minds. I wish I knew what makes her shrink away from people. But I know that the right home - with another dog or two - will bring out the best in this girl!

Rochelle is about five-years-old, spayed, and up-to-date on her vaccinations.


Doc had a hard start in life. Sick and left to die in a municipal shelter, PAWS pulled this starving puppy and literally saved his life. Now, Doc has gained weight, confidence, and the love of everyone at the shelter.


This Boxer/Pit Bull mix is smart as a whip and with obedience training, this energetic pup will be one amazing companion! He also has play pals at PAWS, so we know he gets along with other dogs! 

Doc is about a year old, neutered and up-to-date on all vaccinations.


Big, goofy guy, looking to be your only love...

Bailey is a yellow Lab who loves to play ball. And I mean LOVES to play ball! You can toss the ball for hours on end, and he will run to get it, drop it at your feet and look for more. He was brought to PAWS when his owners moved and couldn't take him with them.

The only problem with this perfect fella is that he does not get along with other animals at all. If you can provide a home without animals for this guy, you'll have the undying affection of one great dog!

This four-year-old beauty is neutered and up-to-date on vaccinations. Just add love... and a tennis ball!


Bella & Bindi

Bella and Bindi are mom and daughter Dachshunds. Bella (black & tan) is about 7 years old, and Bindi (red) is about 5. They came to PAWS after being pulled from Easton Animal Control.

Aren't they gorgeous! We have to place them together because they're extremely bonded to one another. They're a riot to see together from playing to cuddling together for a nap.

We suggest placing these little ladies with children 12+. They're spayed, up-to-date on their vaccinations, and just waiting for the right home!


Adoption Update - Luky

My little Beagle love Luky found a wonderful home!

This guy definitely burrowed into my heart for a few reasons. He was painfully shy, hadn't enjoyed a whole lot of human companionship before coming to PAWS but obviously yearned for it, and was one of the best snugglers and toy tossers EVER!

Look at that smile!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Adoption Updates - Molly, Gracie, Cinnamon, Howard

Yes, since we last met, Molly, Gracie, Cinnamon, and Howard all found wonderful homes.

  < Molly   < Gracie

  < Cinnamon        < Howard   

Wow - Where Have I Been?

I can't believe it's been over two months since I've updated Scratch My Belly. I'll admit, I've been busy both at PAWS and my regular job, but this is crazy.

Prepare yourself for a flurry of updates... :)

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Adoption Update - Ty

Our poor Ty. He came in as an 8-month-old, out-of-control, fence-jumping (and I mean 6-foot stockade fence-jumping) puppy.

He was adopted out to a wonderful woman with kids, but that didn't work out (no fault of Ty's). He came back.

He waited. And waited.

He was adopted out to a nice retired couple, but that didn't work out (again, no fault of Ty's). He came back.

He waited again. You could see depression creeping into the poor pooch's eyes.

Over time, Ty did calm down, and with the help of his mentor, Beth Z., he's gone to obedience class and really learned his manners. Ty grew into a stellar, mature dog who walks well on a leash, knows a trick or two, and behaves like a gentleman.

But people overlooked him. Big Black Dog Syndrome, I'm sure. And even though he's probably Lab/Great Dane mix, people probably thought they saw Pit Bull in him.

No one saw beyond the Big Black Dog and into the beautiful eyes, the calm demeanor, and overwhelming sweetness that was Ty.

Until this family walked in.

Ty walked into the playroom and sat at their feet. No doubt, Ty was thinking "okay, I'll go through the motions - again- just for the heck of it. It gets me out of my kennel."

Boy, did they fool him. They came back with their young son. They came back to sign the paperwork. They came back and took Ty home!

Oh, Ty, we are so proud of you and happy for you. We know this is the family for you. Love, hugs, kisses - everything your way, bubba!

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