Sunday, December 30, 2012

Soul Sunday

Love has nothing to do with what you are expecting to get only with what you are expecting to give which is everything.

Imagine a world where unconditional love flowed freely?  Why does it not already?  Why can't we just love people for who they are?  Why can't we simply give, show and be open to receiving unconditional love? Why do we place conditions on love?  How did our society, our world become so judgmental? 

That is essentially what conditional love is judgmental. It places conditions on love...we have to do something, be a certain way,  have a certain thing, etc., in order to be given or receive love. Love is essentially earned on a basis of conscious or unconscious conditions being met. But that is not what love is.

Unconditional love is an affection without any limitations.  It is love which has no bounds and is unchanging.  In religion unconditional love is thought to be part of the four love....affection, friendship, romance, and unconditional. Unconditional love has  no demands, no limits, no expectations, no requirements, no thoughts of reciprocation, and no conditions. It is love given freely to the loved one no matter what. Loving first.  Whereas conditional love requires some kind of finite exchange, unconditional love is seen as infinite and measureless.

Unconditional love says you are loved just for being who you are, just for existing. You don't have to do anything to earn it. Your shortcomings, your lack of self-esteem, physical perfection, or social and economic success— none of that matters.  Exactly what our world needs more of!

 "I don't care who you are, where you're from, what you do, as long as you love me."

Haggai Fridman of the Kabbalah religion says there are four steps to loving unconditionally.  Let's look at his this Sunday.

1.You can be the most sharing person in the world, giving charity everyday and building shelters for the homeless, but the negative voice inside you will tell you to dislike certain people and try to prevent you from fulfilling the most important of life’s precepts, “Love thy neighbor as thyself.”
2. Do things you would like people to do/say to you. If you would like a stranger to say, “How are you?” then do that for other people. Sense or feel what the other person really needs. People want kindness, and paradise sharing is loving kindness, to really feel where the other person is at.

3. When you see something wrong that someone does, don’t judge. Feel the greatest/good aspects of people first and don’t rush to judgment because you don’t see the whole picture.  Don't judge another until you have walked in their shoes.

4. If you do see something wrong, tell the other person and let them explain. Now, you don’t create space/hate and they can improve or tell you what you didn’t see. Remember, what someone else wants is not always what you want. Give as you would like to receive, but don’t judge this way. You might stand and give someone else your seat on a bus, but to someone else, a seat is not so important and he may not think to stand.
Unconditional love really exists in each of us. It is part of our deep inner being. It is not so much an active emotion as a state of being. It’s not "I love you" for this or that reason, not "I love you if you love me." It's love for no reason, love without an object. It's just sitting in love, a love that incorporates the chair and the room and permeates everything around. The thinking mind is extinguished in love.  If each of us could only open our souls to it. 
Compassion, understanding, kindness, love, generosity, empathy, honesty, loyalty, support, help, good communication are all parts of unconditional love as well.  Maybe the first step in becoming unconditional love is to simply incorporate these into our daily lives. 
 The ultimate lesson all of us have to learn is unconditional love, which includes not only others but ourselves as well.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Happy Holidays

Merry Christmas.  Happy Holidays. 

This lovely gingerbread house was homemade by my four year old niece.  And what the holidays are all about. 

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Soul Sunday

Believe in the beauty and magic of the season.

 Life holds magic, miracles and extraordinary possibilities for those who dare to believe, dream, hope and love.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Star bright

Have you ever wanted something, not just wanted but really wanted, yet it felt just beyond your grasp?  A dream.  A wish.

It's a feeling that's been all too familiar.  This summer I got this notion that this thing or maybe even things I really wanted, dreams of mine might happen.  As if a wish might come true.

And when it did not happen as I had imagined, or dreamed, there was a feeling I did not quite recognize or even understand.  Not even sure I can exactly put it in words, maybe it's what people mean when they say the "wind had been let out of their sails".

I wanted to prolong summer....hoping maybe there was still a chance it would happen. But summer came and went.  It took me a while to come around to the idea that summer was actually over, or that the holidays were approaching.   Now here I am in the midst of the holiday season still with that feeling of wanting something so much yet not being able to quite grasp it. 

And all the holiday stuff did not quite feel the same,  it's as if I was still stuck in summer.  Something just felt like it was missing.  Now as I think about it I do believe its been that feeling of really wanting something but it feeling like it is beyond grasp, that is still gnawing away.  I still long for that dream, those dreams.

Either way as I gaze at the stars this evening it has me whispering this.....

Star light, star bright,
first star I see tonight.
I wish I may, I wish I might,
have the wish, I wish tonight.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Woof Wednesday

Welcome to Woof Wednesday. Please meet some special dogs from  CA, FL, NY, PA and WI all in need of good, loving homes.

Please feel free to use social media to spread the word about these dogs. The more people hear about them the better chance they have of finding homes. Thanks. (or as the dogs would say woof, woof)

 Magic is a shy and reserved Labrador/Greyhound mix. Sadly his family lost their home and finds himself back at C.A.R.L. waiting once again for his forever home.  He enjoys being loved the most.  He is house broken, sits on command and walks well on a leash.  He needs a home with no small children, where he'll be rarely left alone and a minimum 7 foot fence is required. I hope it's not long before I'm a cherished member of a family. Let's find this  special guy a good home!

Magic - Ventura, CA

Canine Adoption and Rescue League
3203 E. Main St.
Ventura, CA 93003
(805) 644-7387

Brulee is one of 7 dogs confiscated in a cruelty case from Monticello, GA.  This little cutie is very sweet and is the elder of the pack.  She is learning what it is like to live inside a home and have a space of her own.  She is getting along with the other dogs in her foster home.  Lets find this little girl the loving home she deserves!

Brulee - Tampa, FL

Tampa Bay Beagle Rescue, Inc.
P.O. Box 271772
Tampa, FL 33688-1772
(813) 446-9663

Emily is a cute white Schnauzer who gets along with other dogs.  If interested in her please submit an adoption application first.   Lets find this sweetheart a great home!

Emily - Tampa, FL

Guardian Angel Dog Rescue
Tampa, FL 33694
(813) 406-6549

This loving, social, and affectionate girl will make you so proud to have adopted a dog! Anita is a darling Chihuahua mix that came to Bideawee via a rescue group that pulled her from a municipal shelter. While she can be a little shy at first, she warms up very quickly and just loves to be with people! Anita is around 5 years old. She seems to be housebroken already, but she will probably need a little help getting acclimated to a new schedule and environment. She gets along with other dogs and seems to be friendly with cats. Due to her tiny stature, she should go home with a calm and gentle family with children over age 5.

Anita - Manhattan, NY

Bideawee Inc. Manhattan
410 E. 38th St. between 1st Ave. & FDR Dr.
New York, NY 10016
(866) 262-8133

Candy is a sweet treat, don't be fooled by my frowny face as I am one happy, carefree, young lady looking for a good time. Easy going and very unflappable, other dogs, kids and cats are A-Ok in my little black book.  She enjoys going and doing and folks will tell you she is a wonderful leash walker and very well mannered.   A little bit of a chunky monkey,  She is solid and sturdy and belly rubs make me grin with great pleasure.  Candy is very even keel and seems to like everyone.  She is not a dog who is all over you and in your face.  She is very polite and gives you space but will also come and sit right by you. She's very interested in people and what they are doing.  37lbs; 4-5 yrs old; we think she is a cairn terrier/west highland terrier mix.  Let's find this lovely girl the home she deserves!

Candy - Landenberg, PA

TreeTops Animal Rescue
PO Box 584
Landenberg, PA 19350
(484) 727-7456

I am an 8 year old white and tan Westie mix.  I really look ditry but that is not the truth.  My coloring is what makes me look that way.  Since there is no history on me all members of my new family must be over the age of  eleven.

No Name Yet - Bensalem, PA

Women's Humane Society
PO Box 1470
Bensalem, PA 19020
(215) 750-3100

Moffat is sweet, funny and smart Cairn Terrier currently being fostered in Wisconsin. With the first snow, Moffat's expression clearly stated this is still water from the sky.  It is apparent that being wet is not his idea of fun. He does have quirks. He will not poop if being watched. He clicks his teeth when excited, but happy-snappy Mo never nips. He prefers to potty on the deck, but I don't have to push him out the door any longer. He sleeps on the couch at night and notifies me in the morning that he has 'got to go'. He has learned not to tangle his leash in my feet. He likes the garage and is not alarmed by the sound of power tools but will bark at the printer.  Tops on his Christmas list is a  home. I keep my fingers crossed that the perfect someone is reading this and thinks Moffat might be the perfect boy for their 'house'. 

Moffat - Wisconsin

Col. Potter Cairn Terrier Rescue Network - adoption application

No paw left behind our mission! 

{Please keep in mind a dog is lifetime commitment.  They need attention, love and time just like we do.  In addition, adding a pet to the family does cost money in the way of food, health care, training,etc. So before adopting make sure you are willing to make that kind of commitment and have the resources to do so.}

If you want to be a part of Woof Wednesdays email Ann MicheleLauren or leave a comment.  Or simply start posting about dogs in need of a home on your blog or facebook page!

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Soul Sunday

Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible

To be kind is more important than to be right. Many times what people need is not a brilliant mind that speaks but a special heart that listens. 

Love and kindness are never wasted.  They always make a difference.  They bless the one who receives them and they bless the giver. 

My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.

True kindness lies within the act of giving without the expectation of something in return.

In a world full of people who couldn't care less, be someone who couldn't care more. 

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Crockpot Chicken Noodle Soup

Crockpot Chicken Noodle Soup

4 cups water
4 cups chicken broth
1 teaspoon seasoned salt
1 teaspoon salt, or to taste, depending on saltiness of broth
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 leek or small onion chopped
2 1/2 to 3 1/2 pounds chicken pieces
1 carrot, chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
1/4 cup parsley, chopped
1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram or basil
1 bay leaf
6 ounces noodles

Place all ingredients except noodles in the Crock Pot. Cover and cook on low for 5 to 6 hours. Remove chicken and bay leaf from pot; take meat from bones, dice, and return to broth, and add the noodles. Cook another hour or until noodles are done (about 1/2 hour on high). Or, cook the noodles separately and add them just before serving.

Note: Two chicken breasts with bone work nicely for this recipe.


Friday, December 14, 2012

Thoughts on Today

It's the holidays, families and kids are suppose to be focused on the holidays.  Getting excited about Santa, Hanukkah presents or other celebrations.  So what happened today it's hard to find words for but these are what come to mind....deeply sad, incomprehensible and unacceptable.

The United States may be a Democratic nation in which people are given a certain amount of freedoms.  Freedoms that often times can cause discord amongst people.  And with any freedom comes responsibility as well,  it's when those responsibilities are not upheld a nation can today.

For example the right to bear arms becomes an issue that is questioned when twenty kindergarten kids are senselessly gun down.  Should the deranged, irresponsible individuals ruin the right for all?  Maybe.  The innocent children who lost their lives surely would not hesitate to answer yes.  But even if there were stricter gun laws, like drugs they would still be available illegally on the street.

Problem is it's not just about the guns, the problem runs much deeper.  Oh so much deeper.

Guns, Violence, Drugs, Bullying, Poor Economy, High Unemployment Rates, Broken Families, High Divorce Rates, Absent Parents or Family Support, Physical and/or Emotional Abuse, Gangs, Sex and Violence in media/video games, mental health issues, overwhelming stress, the list is long.  Kids are growing up surrounded by all this craziness, negativity and more at such delicate, young ages.  And many adults lives are not much better or easier. 

Fact is everything affects everything.  It is not only unacceptable but cannot be ignored any longer it has to be addressed, solutions need to be found and our world needs to work together to accomplish this.  Together we need to make this world a better place.

How do we possibly begin to tackle even one of these issues, let alone all?  Ideas?  Resolutions? Solutions?  What is the answer?  Does anyone know, do our leaders?  

It's up to all of us to make the world a better place.  But how and where do we begin.....

Maybe as raw and sad as it feels now, maybe these children had a higher purpose?  Maybe it takes something as horrific as such an event happening to wake people up, to make and instill real changes, to help those who so desperately need it,  to speak out, stand up, fight for what is right, to get back to what really matters, to bring back values and morals to a world that has lost sight of them and to make sure good always prevails!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Woof Wednesday

Welcome to Woof Wednesday. Please meet some special dogs from  CA, NJ, NY, TX and WI all in need of good, loving homes.

Please feel free to use social media to spread the word about these dogs. The more people hear about them the better chance they have of finding homes. Thanks. (or as the dogs would say woof, woof)

 Meet Elle.  Elle is a darling little soft coated terrier who will warm your heart.  Elle is quite the lady and very well behaved.  We lover her and hope that some super nice folks see her photo and want her to be part of their family.  Lets find her a great home!

Ellie -  Cherry Valley, CA

  Powder Puff is a mature female mixed terrier who has come along way since we rescued her out of a local shelter.  Power Puff is ready to spend time with some lucky person.  Lets find her the loving home she deserves.

 Power Puff - Cherry Valley, CA

 Benevolent Animal Rescue Committee, Inc
Post Office Box CD Cherry Valley, CA 92223
909-213-7373 Call After 5pm
 909-213-7373 Text Anytime
 You are welcome to fill out an online adoption application at for either Ellie or Powder Puff.

 Prince is a sweet and friendly Cocker Spaniel that will do well with almost any family! He loves to be with people so a home where someone is home more often than not would be ideal. This handsome golden boy came to Bideawee after he was dumped at a municipal shelter. Prince is already housebroken and he weighs about 33 pounds. He is friendly with other dogs and seems disinterested in cats. Prince may display a little separation anxiety (he may be restless and vocal when left alone), so building his confidence will be important. As with all Bideawee dog adoption, you’ll get a free training session with your adoption, so you can work with our dog trainer to minimize Prince’s anxiety.  Lets find this special guy a good home!

 Prince - New York, NY

 Bideawee Inc. Manhattan
410 E. 38th St. between 1st Ave. & FDR Dr.
New York, NY 10016
(866) 262-8133

 P's Airgas  is a big, handsome gentlemen.  He's very sweet, calm and friendly. He's another one of those big mooshy boy whom we have come to love.  Airgas is a love bug and is very affectionate he leans right up against anyone near him how adorable. Airgas is 4 years old and although he loves people, no cats, please.  Lets find this sweet greyhound a loving home!

 Airgas - Cherryhill, NJ

 Greyhound Friends of NJ, Inc.
PO BOX 4416
Cherry Hill, NJ 08034-0669
(732) 356-4370

These two beautiful Westies are sisters and litter mates.  They are inseparable, and must stay together.  They just turned ten years of age which they hide very well.   These two are active little sweethearts and are going to make wonderful companions.  It can be hard to find one dog a home let alone two together.  So please lets find a great home for these two sweethearts that they can go to together!

Chloe and Isabelle -  Dallas, TX

Scottie Kingdom Rescue, Inc.
PO Box 551265
Dallas, TX 75355-1265

Babe aka Foxy Brown Babe, is a 12-year-old red fawn female. Babe has 30 races to her credit, all at the Raynham Tanton track in Florida. Her career spawned one year.  She has been at a greyhound breeding farm since then but was not bred. This sweetheart just wants a soft bed, and a loving family. Babe is cat and small dog tolerant. Please lets find this sweet greyhound a loving home!

Babe - Addison, TX

Greyhound Adoption League of Texas, Inc
P.O. Box 680
Addison, TX 75001-0680
(972) 503-4258

Let's find this sweet Westie the a good home!

Becky - Kenosha, WI


Safe Harbor Humane Society

7811 60th Avenue
Kenosha, WI 53142
(262) 694-4047

No paw left behind is our mission! 

{Please keep in mind a dog is lifetime commitment.  They need attention, love and time just like we do.  In addition, adding a pet to the family does cost money in the way of food, health care, training,etc. So before adopting make sure you are willing to make that kind of commitment and have the resources to do so.}

If you want to be a part of Woof Wednesdays email Ann MicheleLauren or leave a comment.  Or simply start posting about dogs in need of a home on your blog or facebook page!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

90-10 Trap

Sitting on my desk is a calendar by author Richard Carlson who wrote "Don't Sweat The Small Stuff" series.  It's filled with a bunch of wisdom....the type of wisdom that encourages, inspires, makes you think and even want to be a better person.

So when I came across this I felt the need to share.  As how many of us on a daily basis fall into this trap. 

"Avoid the 90-10 trap.  The 90-10 trap is that most of us tend to focus our attention, thinking and conversations on the worst 10 percent of our lives.  The 90 stands for 90 percent of what happens during our day, which is usually pretty good, and the 10 stands for the remaining 10 percent which is usually problematic and filled with hassle"

It reminds me of other things I have read about the mind's tendency to dwell and focus on the negative more so then the positive.  There are of course various explanations for this. But think about the 90-10 trap. Why do we let the 10 percent control our thoughts?  If we let this 10 percent control our thoughts won't we only attract more of it?

Truth be told I think many are afraid to feel happy, afraid to focus on the good as for many it feels fleeting....something they fear will be taken away the moment they experience it or let themselves feel it.  It becomes almost easier to focus on the negative as it doesn't bring with it the disappointment that focusing on the positive can sometimes bring.

How different might our world be if we all focused on the 90 percent rather then that 10 percent?  Essentially it's similar to the idea of showing gratitude each day, appreciating what we do have and finding something even if it's small to be thankful for.  Maybe it won't be easy to focus on the good at first, but maybe by just consciously doing might eventually become one of those great unconscious habits.

It's sort of a choice we all have the power to make....dwell on the good or dwell on the bad either way it is what it is.  Essentially we can make ourselves miserable or try to find happiness in the every day.  Something to think about....

Monday, December 10, 2012

Monday Musings

This Monday I'm still thinking about the weekend.  One that consisted of shopping at an outdoor village filled with Christmas lights, lots of holding hands and followed by a nice Italian dinner with the man.  Yes it is one to simply be cherished. Those are the little moments that mean the most.  And learning to appreciate them just as important.


Sunday, December 9, 2012

Soul Sunday

In the attitude of silence the soul finds the path in a clearer light, and what is elusive and deceptive resolves itself into crystal clearness.  Our life is a long and arduous quest after truth.

Mother Teresa said "we need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature - trees, flowers, grass- grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence... We need silence to be able to touch souls.

In our era of technological distractions never has this seem more true.  Television, computers, mobile phones,  mobile music players, refrigerators, heaters, lawn mowers, leaf blowers, planes....basically any kind of equipment that creates some form of noise whether physical or mental that distract us from moments of silence.  It's not only silence, but they cause a distraction from being in the moment. From appreciating the present, the people we are with, the things we have or that nature has provided for us. Those things that are important.

Used to be one could go out to an intimate dinner without any distractions, these days one can barely get through a meal without it being interrupted by a text or phone call leaving a dinner feeling anything but intimate.  One used to be unreachable until they arrived home, if others needed to reach them they had to leave a voice message on an answering machine or call back.  People took photos to frame or put in a photo album for personal memory not for immediate posting on social media for everyone to see.  And when people drove they actually focused on the road not their phone.  It seems the world has lost the ability of silence and being in the moment.  Being in touch through gadgets has created an almost out of touch sense of reality or of what's real.

Yes no doubt these technological advances have created good things , but with them have come many not so good things.

Sometimes the soul  needs to disconnect to truly connect.  To be in the moment, letting go of all distractions.  Today and everyday may we all find time to disconnect with what is not important and reconnect with what is.  Put away the computers, phones, turn off the tvs, radios, anything else that might be a distraction and just be.  It's that simple.  For example return a call or text after a meal or when not in the presence of others, focus on the road and the beautiful surroundings or the people in the car,  gaze at the stars instead of the tv, engage in real conversation with another instead of zoning out to a computer and so on. Simply engage with life.

Be in the moment, be with your thoughts, be truly present with those in your life, be attuned to nature, animals and people....feel and listen to intuition,.  Feel the presence of something much higher and deeper than ourselves.  Lao Tzu even said silence is a source of great strength. Or as William Penn said true silence is the rest of the mind; it is to the spirit what sleep is to the body, nourishment and refreshment. 

We listen too much to the telephone and we listen too little to nature. The wind is one of my sounds. A lonely sound, perhaps, but soothing.  Everybody should have his personal sounds to listen for - sounds that will make him exhilarated and alive, or quiet and calm. As a matter of fact, one of the greatest sound of them all-and to me it is a sound-is utter. complete silence.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Homemade Tomato Sauce

Homemade Tomato Sauce
Serves: 4 to 6
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium-sized onion, finely chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
Pinch of red pepper flake, or to taste
2 28 oz. cans crushed tomato (preferably organic or San Marzano)
1 6 oz. can tomato paste (preferably organic)
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon sugar
Freshly ground black pepper
Italian flat leaf parsley, chopped
Cooked pasta
Grated Parmesan cheese, for topping
  1. Warm olive oil in a large, heavy-bottomed pot over medium heat. Once you see the oil shimmering, add the chopped onion and sauté for 1 minute, stirring occasionally. Add the minced garlic and pinch of red pepper flake then continue to sauté until onions are soft and translucent, stirring occasionally.
  2. Add crushed tomato, tomato paste, oregano, basil, sugar, a few pinches of salt and several turns of freshly ground black pepper, stirring to combine. I also like to fill the empty can of tomato paste with water then add that to the sauce (6 oz.). Bring sauce to a boil, reduce heat to low then simmer, partially covered, for 1 hour (1.5 to 2 hours is best if you have the time).
  3. To finish the sauce, stir in a handful of chopped parsley. Season to taste with additional salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  4. Serve this sauce with your favorite pasta. I like to add two or three sizable spoonfuls of sauce to freshly drained spaghetti, tossing to coat. This will ensure that the spaghetti absorbs the flavor of the sauce. Place a mound of spaghetti on a plate then top with extra sauce, chopped parsley, grated Parmesan cheese.
 Spaghetti and Tomato Sauce

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Woof Wednesday

Welcome to Woof Wednesday. Please meet some special dogs from  CA, NJ, NY, SC and VA all in need of good, loving homes.

Please feel free to use social media to spread the word about these dogs. The more people hear about them the better chance they have of finding homes. Thanks. (or as the dogs would say woof, woof)

Camille is a 1-2 year old Cairn terrier. She gets along really well with dogs and is shy at first when meeting people.  Let's find this little girl a good home!

Camille - Sherman Oaks, CA

New Life K-9 Rescue
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

Kate & Spencer are a bonded pair of Bichons.  They have lived together their entire lives so they are looking for a family who will take both dogs together. Kate is 9 yrs. old & Spencer is 7 yrs. old. Kate and Spencer love one another. They are absolutely fine with other dogs. We don't know about cats. We would assume they'd be fine with kids, although they haven't been around kids in many years. Both dogs are lovable, affectionate and sweet but also playful and rambunctious at times. If you are interested in this pair, go to our website and complete an adoption application. Once we have received it, someone from the rescue will contact you.  Please let's find this special pair the home they deserve!

Kate and Spencer - Cinnaminson, NJ

Delaware Valley Bichon Rescue
P.O. Box 2411
Cinnaminson, NJ 08077
(856) 829-7615

Meet Molly a 6 year old Golden Retriever.  Molly is a very sweet and gentle
girl who is so sad and confused.  This is Molly's second home through no fault of her own.  Her humans keep abandoning her.  What she would really love for Christmas is a loving home that will cherish her for the rest of her life. Molly is good with people, likes other dogs and has been around children but would prefer an adult only home where she can be the child, spoiled and
loved.  She is very amiable and will bond quickly and follow you around for some affection.  And she makes a great foot-warmer while watching TV or at the computer.  You will never be alone again with this sweet girl at your side.  Please let's find this sweet girl a home!

Molly - New York, NY

Shepherds' Hope Rescue
New York, NY 10023
(201) 926-9901
Elizabeth Maffe at

 Etta and Jack are sniffing all around in search of their new home. Hopefully there’s enough room in your heart and home for a dynamic duo – double the pleasure, double the fun – could you be the one?  Please let's find these two a great home that they can go to together!

Etta and Jack - Charleston, SC

Carolina Basset Hound Rescue
PO Box 80082
Charleston, SC 29416-0082
(843) 766-8838

Sawyer is an absolutely fantastic Westie that weighs about 28 lbs and is about 1 years old. He is very well behaved though he is shy for just a little while until he knows you are going to be his friend and then he follows you around everywhere. Gets along great with all other dogs and is a nice quiet little thing isn't a barker and he walks great on a leash! Sawyer has a heart of gold and truly loves everyone and has such a great personality and wonderful temperament. Sawyer would love nothing more than to have a family to love and home to call his own. Can you give Sawyer the loving home he deserves? 

Sawyer - Falls Church, VA

Sawyer: West Highland White Terrier Westie, Dog; Falls Church, VA

AWOL Mutts, Falls Church, VA
Cameron at

No paw left behind is our mission! 

{Please keep in mind a dog is lifetime commitment.  They need attention, love and time just like we do.  In addition, adding a pet to the family does cost money in the way of food, health care, training,etc. So before adopting make sure you are willing to make that kind of commitment and have the resources to do so.}

If you want to be a part of Woof Wednesdays email Ann MicheleLauren or leave a comment.  Or simply start posting about dogs in need of a home on your blog or facebook page!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Monday Musings

So the calendar says it's December but the weather feels spring like.  As I worked on cleaning up the outside I felt gratitude for the warm weather.   Funny how something so small as a sunny, warm day can mean so much.

It felt almost hard to get into the holiday spirit.  But seeing as we were heading to see Santa we were reminded that it's Winter not Spring.  During the holiday season, the malls hold Santa for pets on Monday evenings.  It's a great opportunity for not only pets to have their photo taken with Santa, but it also allows the family to include their pets in family photos with Santa as well.  

My sister has not had a lot of success with my niece and Santa.  For whatever reason Santa seems to scare my niece, she pretty much will not go near the guy.  So this holiday when my sister heard we were taking Angel to see Santa, her and my niece decided to come as well.  We all hoped our dog would help her not fear Santa.   And said she even talked about going to Santa with Aunt Ann's dog all day.

Angel seemed to sense she was going to see Santa as she practically ran into the mall.  Now if you know anything about my dog she is a very slow walker.  She only walks fast when she really wants something.  And only barks when she wants to play ball or eat.  And so there she is sprinting into the mall and even letting out barks.

It was precious as there were all kinds of breeds of dogs, small and large.  Entwined amongst the dogs were kids and families.  As soon as we arrived my niece looked scared but with all the dogs she quickly became some what distracted.  As her turn approached she became apprehensive but when we put Angel on Santa's lap she quickly moved closer so she could take care of her.  And so my sister got one of the sweetest holiday photos that just happens to include our dog.  :)

And we got a sweet family photo.  Not to mention a night out with our wonderful little one.  We always say we wish we could take her everywhere and that more places would offer pet nights.  For those of us who consider our pets our children it sure means a lot!


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