Sunday, September 30, 2012

Soul Sunday

Sometimes life gets in the way of love.  But the soul in some form or other will always long for love, just as the world will always need more love.  As well as reminders of what love is.


Friday, September 28, 2012

Clementine Salsa

If you are looking for an alternative for the typical tomato salsa this clementine salsa is it.  Perfect for dipping tortilla chips, we also use it as a flavorful topping on chicken or fish.  It tastes just as great heated. If spicy isn't your thing simply omit the jalapeno and pepper flakes. It's great either way.

Clementine Salsa 

3 clementines, peeled, sectioned and chopped (about 1 cup)
1/2 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped (1/4 cup)
1/2 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped (1/4 cup)
1 garlic clove, minced
1 tsp seeded and chopped jalapeno
1/2 medium cucumber, peeled, seeded and chopped (1/4 cup)
2 tbsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp sugar
1/8 tsp crushed red pepper flakes

In a small bowl combine clementines, bell peppers, garlic, jalapeno, cucumber, lemon juice, sugar and red pepper flakes.  Cover and chill 30 minutes to blend flavors.  Serve at room temperature. 

Serves 6

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Woof Wednesday

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

Pleas 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)

 Clifford is a happy, sweet 7 year old beagle/basset mix. He gets along well with other dogs, and respects them when they tell him off. He loves belly rubs, and attention of any kind. He is housebroken. He walks nicely on leash. Whenever he sees someone his tail wags and wags-he's always excited to meet new people. He likes to play, but also likes to nap on his dog bed. He does have some arthritis that seems to bother him a little, but nothing major. We will start him on a joint supplement and see if that helps.He has cherry eye, a condition in which the third eyelid pokes out of the inside corner of the eye. It is not bothering him or affecting his vision, so surgery would be cosmetic, and not necessary. He's good with cats, and even kids but does not like his ears pulled. BDRA will arrange transport to an approved adopter.  Won't you please give Clifford a good home? 

Clifford - Philadelphia, PA

Blind Dog Rescue Alliance
PO Box 63401
Philadelphia, PA 19114
(877) 254-6301

Lucky is a miniature schnauzer who was surrendered to the shelter because his previous owner was no longer able to care for him. His previous owner said that he loves to be around people but does not get along well with other dogs. They also said that he has a sensitive stomach and does best when fed a food specially formulated for that. He has been diagnosed with Lyme Disease but is currently undergoing treatment here in the Shelter. Please ask staff about his special medical needs when you come by for a visit. We have noticed that Lucky is independent and fun loving. He likes to be scratched and spoken to softly but he is just as content when running around exploring! He is not a fan of bath-time and probably would do best in a home that is able to commit to professional grooming for him.

Lucky - Waterford,VA

Loudoun County Animal Care & Control
39820 Charles Town Pike
Waterford, VA 20197
(703) 777-0406

Ginger is a sweet and loving old girl.  She loves to talk to you when she first sees you because she is so excited and can't contain herself.  She doesn't seem to care about cats and other dogs but can be a little grumpy around other dogs trying to get in her way of her favorite people.  She would make a great companion for someone!

Ginger - Knoxville, IA

Marion County Humane Society
1701 E Pleasant
Knoxville, IA 50138
(641) 828-7387

 Snowball is a 8 year old West Highland Terrier male looking for a family to call his own.  Please let's help this little guy find the loving home he deserves!

Snowball- New York City, NY 

American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA)
424 E. 92nd St.
New York, NY 10128
(212) 876-7700

At five months old this little boy is all puppy.  Eli is inquisitive, smart, and goofy. He is house trained but that’s about it. Eli will chew your shoes, sunglasses, and other important, expensive items, follow you everywhere, leap onto your lap and give you tons of puppy kisses, cry when you leave, and celebrate with abundance when you return, even if you have only been gone for a few minutes. You see, Eli had a rough start when he came into rescue and is pretty much our miracle baby. Now that he has fully recovered, he has enjoyed the spoils of foster such as swimming, hanging out at the beach, paddle boarding, kayaking, golfing, wine tasting, shopping at the farmers market, dining out at local restaurants, hiking, and playing with his foster brothers.  Eli loves to go everywhere with you, is very well behaved and charms the socks off of everyone he meets. He does pretty well on leash but would benefit from a puppy class that stresses socialization as well as obedience. Eli is looking for that special home that will include him in all of their activities, where he will have his human for the better part of the day and if the package comes with a canine playmate, even better. He is awesome with children of all ages but remember, puppies chew and their teeth are sharp.  Be prepared to fall in love. 

Elias- Los Angeles, CA

 Southern California Golden Retriever Rescue
PO Box 25698
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(866) 299-1899

No paw left behind is our mission!

{Please keep in mind a dog is a 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 apart of "Woof Wednesdays" email Ann Michele Lauren or leave a comment!  Or simply start posting about dogs in need of a home on your blog or facebook page! 

Tuesday, September 25, 2012


After a long day of going over finances both the man's and mine, I was starting to feel rather down and  a little stressed.  Mine require a tedious balance, where a small amount can send me way over my budget.  Ever since this vertigo I have had to learn to live on such a small amount of income that it's one of those situations where sometimes I wonder how long I can keep financially afloat.

But then as evening approached two things happened, my neighbor delivered a pretty ivory white, leather couch right to our house.  He got new furniture, hence did not need it anymore so he offered it to us.  Yes it's a little used but it fits so perfectly in my meditation/book room and it's free!  A couch that matches my ivory plaid chair so perfect and is free too?!

And then I look across the street, another neighbor adopted a sweet dog.  It appears to be a westie mix who happens to be deaf.  This dog is so precious it's beyond words. Though the fur mommy in me worries as the older man who adopted her is a little out of it, and they don't have a fence so I hope he will watch her closely since she cannot hear.  She looked so happy just to have found a home, those are the kind of moments that cannot be described properly in words.

Between the couch and the dog I was reminded of the goodness that exists in life.  Even during tough times it is there if we look closely enough.  Today among all my financial woes I found a moment of gratitude.  For the free couch, the kindness of neighbors and the special little dog finding a home.  All are simply priceless.

Though I didn't get a photo of the dog, here is the couch.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Monday Musings

Fall weather is officially here, and even though I love the colors of the changing leaves, the spicy scents of the season, the chance to wear soft sweaters, jeans and boots again....I dread the colder temperatures.

My body has never handled cold weather well I spend most of Fall and Winter shaking, with hands and feet that feel like ice cubes. Those pretty sweaters get hidden under layers of fleece or other thick articles of clothing making me feel like a puffy snowman.  Suppose if I could afford to keep the heat at 75 the cool months would not be so bad. I don't even mind snow just dislike the cold.  And yes I should probably go back to living in a warm climate but I want to be near family.

So when Friday and Saturday warmed up to 80 here I was excited!  And when the man suggested we go to a local carnival I almost thought I was dreaming.  The carnival was just what we needed.  There were rides for every age, great food, fun games and overall lots to do.  Though with the dizziness I could not ride my favorite childhood rides, so the man rode a few for both of us. Honestly it was fun just to watch.  And together we rode one of those giant slides which made me feel like a kid all over again!

Saturday consisted of a lot of football, and the man doing an enormous amount of work for his sports website. Sunday was a lot of football as well.  Being that his side business involves sports he is always glued to the sports scores of every game. Keep reminding him that whether he watches or not it won't change the outcome of the just look later instead of being obsessed with constantly checking scores. haha  He needs more play and relax time.  Everyone needs time to just relax or they will burn themselves out.

Sunday was food shopping which as I always say is a huge endeavor when trying to shop for five weeks of food.  What we need is one of those new, big fridges that can hold twice the amount as we freeze and refrigerate so much. But in our kitchen we are stuck with the old school type as it's too small to fit anything else. It's a challenge, and something always seems to manage to fall out of the freezer when we open it. ha

Anyway, the warm weather disappeared as storms brought in cooler temperatures in time for the arrival of Fall.  Even the little one is already feeling it.  Though her idea of how to spend a Monday seems rather perfect!

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Soul Sunday

This morning I have been trying to come up with inspiration for this Sunday.  The negative stories in the news lately of suffering, sickness, cruelty, economical woes, war, crime,etc, leaves me and  many wondering how and why does such stuff happen. Sometimes it causes many to lose faith, or even question their spiritual beliefs.

Yesterday upon hearing on the news that a dog had been locked in a cage, set on fire and let to burn on the side of a road here in Philadelphia....felt like one of those days here. It is incomprehensible to think how that dog must have felt or further more how anyone could do such a thing. (and this isn't the first incidence)  Yet this is the kind of monstrous stuff that happens in our world. 

Fact is no one is immune or safe as long as you live in this world, we are all subjected to the same chaos, ups and downs, good and bad, positives and negatives of life.  Every soul faces all this at some point or another.  And this stuff will no doubt test our faith in life.  While I cannot say for sure why God or a Higher Power allows this stuff to occur as I am no expert in religion nor does anyone no for sure the answers to those big soul questions.  I do think there are things we can do to help us through such life moments.  Because essentially that is the key creating good out of the bad.

Even in the case of the dog it's hard to see any good, but maybe the good will come in the form of more people standing up for animals, put laws into affect that will protect them better  create much harsher punishments to anyone that does harm to them and maybe even somehow prevent this from happening again? That will not change the suffering but we can hope and pray that in that moment the dog did not feel pain that he was in a better place already.  And we can pray that any human or animal ever in such a situation in the future be spared the pain, suffering and be taken to a higher place of love quickly. 

Bad things, suffering, negative moments in life will never be easy on anyone, anywhere.  Our world may never understand or know for sure the whys behind it all. But on this Sunday here are some ideas for helping the soul deal with bad situations and creating good out of them.

1. Release frustrations. Don’t bottle them up as they eventually might just implode. Talk to a friend about it. A listening ear does wonders. Go exercise and release the tension. Journal it out.
2. Realize we are not alone. No matter what you may think, you’re not alone. Somewhere around the world, someone else is thinking the exact same thing as you. Someone out there is feeling the same thing, wondering why too. 
3. Being frustrated isn’t going to solve anything. The problem will still remain whether you go berserk at it or whether you think about it calmly. The former will create more problems as your agitation prevents you from making good decisions. 
4. Know you always have a choice. Realize no matter what happens, you always have a choice in how you react. While you may not be able to control what happens to you, you can most certainly control your behaviors. You can face the worst things in the world, but if you make the choice not to let yourself be affected by them, you won’t be.
5. Objectify it. An incident is an incident; we’re responsible for the feelings attached. Remove the feelings and look at the situation objectify. This will help us cope a lot better.
6. Focus on what you can do. Action creates empowerment. It brings possibilities. It creates results. By taking action, you are no longer a passive recipient. You are a conscious creator.
7. Ask for help. It’s okay to ask for help if it makes the situation easier. Remember, you are not alone.
8. See it as an obstacle to be overcome. Life is a journey of learning and growth, and everything happens for a reason. Obstacles are the things stopping you from getting your goals, and if you keep overcoming these obstacles, you’ll eventually get what you want.
9. Identify the lesson learned. There are always things to be learned from every situation. 
10. Good exists but we may have to look more closely to find it sometimes.  For every bad piece of news there is good but sadly it just doesn't make as interesting news or so the media thinks. 

11. Change. Be the change you want to see. Stand up for what you believe in, fight for the good, what is right and try to make a difference wherever, whenever and however. 

Adversity is the first path to truth.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

I believe

I believe in love, and that it takes compromise, understanding, honesty, communication, lots of affection, quality time together and work to keep it strong.

I believe in playing and that people need more of it in their lives.

I believe in honesty and loyalty.

I believe in eating whatever the body craves but in moderation. 

I believe in the unconditional love of dogs, that every dog deserves to find a good home which will give them that love back.

I believe in standing up for what is right, no matter what. 

I believe in the good old tv shows like The Waltons, Brady Brunch and Gidget when family seemed to mean something and shows didn't always revolve around sex or violence. I believe in catching up on all these classics with cable.

I believe in being kind to all as you never know what someone is going through or where they have been.

I believe in higher pay for teachers, firefighters, policemen, military, waste disposal workers, cleaners and all those other tough service jobs that make such a difference in our world yet seem not to get the respect they deserve. 

I believe in buying non designer clothes, shoes, purses, you name it, that it looks just as cute and classy as the over priced stuff.

I believe in chivalry, old fashioned romance, hand written love letters and the beauty of courting.

I believe in the power of thoughts. 

I believe in Democracy, the right to vote,the beauty of the American Dream but that if our country and it's politicians don't start putting aside their differences, working together and trying to understand the plights of the average person better that beautiful dream will disappear.  

I believe in hard work, that people appreciate everything more when they have had to work for it then be given it.

I believe people can change but they have to want to.

I believe in less phone, computer, tv and more moments with people, nature and living life rather than watching it on gadgets.

I believe in home cooked meals over eating out, that food should not be genetically modified nor contain any manufactured chemicals. 

I believe in doing what makes one happy, following dreams and simply trying. 

I believe in judging less, and trying to understand more.

I believe beauty is everywhere, we just need to listen and look closely. 

What do you believe in?

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Woof Wednesday

Welcome to Woof Wednesday. Please meet some special dogs from GA, OH, PA and TX all in need of good, loving homes.

Pleas 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)

Simon is a Golden Retriever/Yellow Lab mix. He is 5, but still very playful. He likes to play ball and also have fun with stuffed toys. He loves to run when outside so probably would do better if his forever home had a fenced in yard or a big place for him to run. He loves to put his head on his foster mom’s knee so she will pet his head. He also likes to have his belly rubbed. He is good boy and sleeps on the dog bed at night. Simon is crate trained and housebroken. Please consider adopting him as he would make a great companion! 

Simon - Boiling Springs, PA
Simon: Golden Retriever, Dog; Boiling Springs, PA

Furry Friends Network, Boiling Springs, PA


Here is a special story, as these two beautiful Westies are sisters / littermates!  They were adopted to a loving home several years ago, but unfortunately, their owner passed away, so Chloe & Isabelle are once again searching for a new home.  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. Please lets find them the great home they so deserve!

Chloe and Isabelle- Dallas, TX
Chloe & Isabelle: West Highland White Terrier Westie, Dog; Dallas, TXChloe & Isabelle: West Highland White Terrier Westie, Dog; Dallas, TX

Scottie Kingdom Rescue, Inc., Dallas, TX


Penelope is a very sweet and shy little 2 year old miniature dachshund girl with the most gorgeous copper red coat. She was an owner surrender to a local pound where she was just too terrified to stay. Penelope is now living the good life in foster care, but can't wait to find a place to call her own. Penelope is still a little shy around new people and dogs, but is warming up quickly, and definitely wants to stay around the action. She loves to cuddle or lay at her people's feet, and she has proven herself to be a very curious and intelligent little pup. She is doing well with her foster siblings of all sizes, but seems the most comfortable around other small breed dogs or with calm larger dogs. Penelope is doing well with house and crate training, and would love a new family to call her own.

Penelope -   Powell, OH
Penelope: Dachshund, Dog; Powell, OH

Powell Animal Welfare Society, Powell, OH


 You just can't get any blonder than Sophie. After her color, the next thing you notice about this pretty girl are her big black round eyes. She's an active, two year old friendly youngster who just didn't want to pose pretty for her photo session.  She is not tolerant of cats or small dogs so she probably needs to go to a home with no other animals. 

Sophie - Stone Mountain, GA
VINEYARD HOPEFUL (SOPHIE): Greyhound, Dog; Stone Mountain, GA

Adopt a Greyhound Atlanta Inc., Stone Mountain, GA

No paw left behind is our mission!

{Please keep in mind a dog is a 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 apart of "Woof Wednesdays" email Ann Michele Lauren or leave a comment!  Or simply start posting about dogs in need of a home on your blog or facebook page! 

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Toppling Down

High winds, rain and tornado watches filled the day resulting in this.  What a reminder of how unpredictable mother nature can be sometimes.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Monday Musings

So this Monday my Falcons happen to be playing the man's Broncos.  Which means the house is going to get loud, real loud....sorry neighbors.  And one of us will probably be sleeping on the couch.  It's hard to wanna sleep next to the person whose team won, is excitedly gloating about it and listening to every detailed highlight afterwards.

Of course the Broncos now have Peyton Manning, if you know anything about football he's only one of the best quarterbacks ever.  Not that I don't think Matt Ryan cannot handle the challenge it's just that he's only been in the league for a few years and games like this are tough enough for even the most seasoned veteran.

Peyton is annoying to play because he is one of the smartest players around, he reads plays most don't making it read hard to play against not to mention defend. But no more Peyton talk let's concentrate on Matt Ryan who is just as intelligent, and has even been compared to the above mentioned.

Got my Matt Ryan jersey, let's go Falcons!



Sunday, September 16, 2012

Soul Sunday

People are often unreasonable and self-centered. 
Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. 
Be kind anyway. 
If you are honest, people may cheat you.
 Be honest anyway.
If you find happiness, people may be jealous. 
Be happy anyway.
The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow.
 Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough. 
Give your best anyway. 
For you see, in the end, it is between you and God. 
It was never between you and them anyway.

These words by Mother Theresa are a good reminder of how to live life.   Yet actually living them is another story for most.   In those moments where others  or life does people wrong is possibly the hardest to forgive, be kind and so on.  But rising against the negativity, finding a way to shine a positiveness on those very moments might just be the most important life lessons of the soul.  

  We cannot control other people or even life but we can control how we  feel, react and respond.  There will always be bad, negative and selfish people....there will always be hardships  of some form or another in everyone's life....but we must somehow find a way to find the good, be the good and do good anyway.

Out of clutter, find simplicity.
From discard, find harmony.
In the middle of every difficulty,
Lies opportunity.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Life and Vertigo

Vertigo blows, it does.  A simple errand can become an impossible task some days.  Driving is the biggest hindrance when feeling the dizziness, as it's not exactly safe to drive when the world feels like it's spinning.  And so sometimes those simple things we take for granted become difficult.  It can be extremely frustrating.  It seemed to be slowly improving until until recently when it flared up. As have a few other health things that are equally hard to deal with.

It's also amazing how such situations teach us who we can depend on, trust and who we cannot.  We just assume certain people will be there when things are tough, or will be understanding but that's not always the case.  Sometimes people just don't get it or have it not in their nature. (And yes please come back tomorrow if your not in the mood to hear my inner thoughts. As this is one of those journal type entries.) ha

Maybe that's one of the worst aspects the feeling of helplessness and even loneliness that can ensue with vertigo.  There are some weeks when the vertigo and other symptoms stick around, when that happens it can be so isolating being stuck at home 24/7.  Or not being able to do something important, or that may need to  get done.  

Then of course there is the man who isn't exactly an understanding person and would be content never to leave the couch.  So when he isn't at work he doesn't want to be bothered to do anything.  He wants to zone to the tv.   But when the weekends arrive I'm itching to get out of the house to do something, anything.  Plus, everything around the house, any work falls on me or nothing gets done. 

I'm not used to so much resting, growing up my parents would work 60+hrs a week and they rarely rested as much as the man does.  On weekends they spent their time working around the house, going out or playing with us,etc. Even the people before the man they never sat all weekend on the couch. So  suppose I'm just not accustomed to it nor understand it. Truth be told I get bored and restless sitting on the couch all day.  

And yes a part of me feels resentful when I ask him to have a date night or help me out and he complains/gets annoyed.  Those are the moments I just feel like screaming "what is that interesting on tv or have you lost all interest in life or do you realize how much I do".  Sometimes I even think how can you love someone and not want to help them or do fun things with them. 

It doesn't help that it was suppose to be our beach mini weekend vacation, the one we have been talking about since Spring, but the mans procrastination lead to that not happening yet again.  We have not taken a vacation in years. Since turning 35 he has no desire to do anything, and I mean anything. At this point I think even talking is an annoyance for him. 

We used to do so much more, even in the summer weekends involved some kind of golf but he hasn't even wanted to do that, or even go to a baseball game.  Used to look forward to weekends but now not so much.  So between life with vertigo and his couch potato ways, feel like we spend more time watching life than living it.  

Oh I know it could be worse, and I should not complain!  But some days it's just necessary to release the pent up emotions and thoughts. And it's one of those days. Those off health days will especially do that to one. Sometimes one just needs to release the stress and/or negative stuff that builds up by writing about it. 

But I keep this in mind as well "If you concentrate on finding whatever is good in every situation, you will discover that your life will suddenly be filled with gratitude, a feeling that nurtures the soul"

All I know is I miss the good ole days....

Friday, September 14, 2012


It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.

  In a year that a very important election is coming up for the United States it puzzles me why so many people seem afraid to talk or write about politics.  

Why is it that something that could vastly affect all our lives, and even the world seems to be such an avoided topic?  It should unite us but instead seems to divide us.

There have been studies that show politics divide us more then race, gender or age.  

It's sad that in this day and age people cannot simply have intelligent, open discussions about such things without fear or other negative emotions getting in the way.  And what is the fear really....fear that people will lose friends, or maybe  followers on social media, or that others will dislike them simply because of their beliefs or opinions?  

The beauty of the United States is everyone is free to believe what they may.  But the problem is people don't seem comfortable in accepting that others may be different from them but they can still be friends and get along. 

 Essentially we all learn more from our differences than our likeness. Imagine how boring life would be if we were all the same. So why is it the big topics like politics, religion, finances, etc, are so often ignored. As if ignoring ever really solves anything, it surely doesn't help make the world a better place. 
When it comes to politics wish there were no political parties as it only seems to breed a judgement of sorts.  People should run on their own voice, not some party that tells them what their platform needs to be. Parties cause others to judge a candidate before they even truly know them.  How many people truly know what each individual candidate stands for, their achievements or what they want to accomplish? 

United States is in an election year where every ones voice needs to be heard, and needs to be counted.  People need to talk about this stuff.  Notice I said talk, not argue. Simply listen to what each other has to say without any judgement, condemnation, defensiveness or other such negativeness. Do we realize the special gift in even being able to speak freely?  Or even having the right to vote? 

There is no right or wrong, no one's beliefs or opinions are any less important than others.    Somehow if we could only all find a way to work together, no matter our beliefs, opinions, ideals, religions, etc. the world would be a better place. But the biggest question remains how? 

 This is our world and the only way to change it is by discussion, hard work, unity and a lot of compromise.  Politics should not be a feared topic to discuss, nor should it be one we harshly judge others by.  Our society spends way too much time judging and not enough time trying to understand, getting to know and most of all learning from others.  We need to learn to come together as a collective whole, differences and all.  It's the only way to make this world a better place. 

Politics is like everything else in life. We all have things we like and dislike about ourselves,others and the world around us. There will always be things we each agree and disagree about.  It's a fact politics divides people. Placing a wedge between me, you and what could be. But let's see if we can rise above, come together and pursue happiness like we were once promised and are still eligible for by our forefathers. 

Here is an article I came across on the internet that is rather inspiring as well. 

What Unites Us

"Anyone that faults another for their beliefs rather then respecting their right to have a different opinion isn't worth having as a friend."


Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Woof Wednesday

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

Pleas 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)

Triston is a cute little 4 month old Westie  fellow.  He was a puppy mill surrender.  Triston is just a little shy, but coming around very quickly, wagging his tail bouncing and playing.  

Tristan - Norris City, IL
Triston: West Highland White Terrier Westie, Dog; Norris City, IL

Kats Kennel Resq, Norris City, IL
Kathy 618- 383- 5253 or 618-378-3647


Scruffy is a westie/yorkie mix.  He is a very sweet disposition and lots of energy. He enjoys playing and playing, and did we mention playing?  Scruffy is about 2 yrs old. is neutered, and has all his shots, he is very friendly with other dogs and people. And, he is very cute!  This rescue prefers no calls, if interested fill out application and submit through email.

Scruffy - Hightstown, NJ

AFEW - Animal Friends for Education and Welfare, Inc., Hightstown, NJ


Skittles is a  5 month old yellow lab/fiest mix.  Skittles is a very playful, sweet boy.  Skittles is up to date on his vaccines and he is neutered.  Skittles is house trained, crate trained and leash trained.  He is ready to go to a loving home.  He needs a fenced in yard, so that he can run and play and he plays well with other dogs. Lets find this sweet dog the home he deserves. 

Skittles - Asheboro, NC
Skittles: Labrador Retriever, Dog; Asheboro, NC
Humane Society of Randolph County, Asheboro, NC


This guy is urgent he is being held at the Kern County Animal Control which does not have a lot of room and cannot keep dogs that long.  He is a terrier mix who needs to find a home soon!  

A909856 -

A909856 - URGENT Kern Shelter: Terrier, Dog; Bakersfield, CA

Friends of Shelter Pets, Bakersfield, CA
(661) 868-7125 or (661) 321-3000

No paw left behind is our mission!

{Please keep in mind a dog is a 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 apart of "Woof Wednesdays" email Ann Michele Lauren or leave a comment!  Or simply start posting about dogs in need of a home on your blog or facebook page! 

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Soul Sunday

Affection is responsible for nine tenths of whatever solid and durable happiness there is in our lives.

 A flower cannot blossom without sunshine, and a man cannot live without love. 

Affection is to love, what water is to life. 

Tokens of affection ease the wariness of life.

The hardest of all is learning to be a well of affection, and not a fountain, to show them that we love them, not when we feel like it, but when they do.

The fact is that people are good, if only their fundamental wishes are satisfied, their wish for affection and security. Give people affection and security, and they will give affection and be secure in their feelings and their behavior.

When the power of love overcomes the love of power or success the world will know peace.

Everyone needs affection, to feel wanted, to be bathed in hugs, kisses, touches or even just a hand to hold. People just need to know that others care.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Woof Wednesday

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

Pleas 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)

This is Rufus he is a 4 month old westie mix. Rufus is almost 20 lbs and not expected to get much bigger.  Rufus is friendly to all. Rufus is being trained to potty outside.

Rufus - Spring Lake, NJ
--Rufus: West Highland White Terrier Westie, Dog; Spring Lake, NJ

Rescue Ridge, Spring Lake, NJ


 Raggetty Anne is a happy little girl. Her days in the mill has left it's mark and she still startles easily. She sleeps on the bed each night and enjoys her furry friends here. She is very silly and playful and shakes her little head at me when I tell her it is time to come in..she especially does this if she is not ready:  She is potty trained. Needs a fenced yard. Walks on a leash fairly well but has a startle reflex.  She is a Westie Poo that is a doll of a dog in every sense. She smiles, she is playful, she is quick and energetic. She only has a few teeth left and she does drool.making her face always look dirty. She is a high flight risk as she does still startle easily and will bolt. She needs a securely fenced yard and a quieter, no child home. She is a work in progress..but a very special munchkin of a dog. You can't look at her for long and not laugh and smile. She is healthy as far as we know and she is fully vetted. She is also potty trained and uses a dog door when I am home. She is about 12 pounds and she is 11 years old and still looks like a baby!   Please this dog has been looking for a home for awhile now let's find her that special home and love she needs!

Raggetty Anne - Seneca Falls, NY
Raggetty Anne in N: West Highland White Terrier Westie, Dog; Seneca Falls, NY

Puppy Mill Rescue. Inc, Seneca Falls, NY
 Eileen at  or

Cooper is a golden retriever-lab mix who is between 1 and 2 years old and around 55 lbs.  He is neutered and is current on vaccines, heartworm preventative, and flea/tick protection.  He was given up because he was too energetic for a mother with young children.  He is good with other dogs, crate trained, and seems to be housetrained.  Cooper is good in a crate, but he is young and will need plenty of exercise, stimulation, and some basic manners training that he didn't get when he was younger.  Cooper is an awesome dog so lets find him a home to match!
Cooper - Lousia, VA
Cooper: Yellow Labrador Retriever, Dog; Louisa, VA

Animal Connections, Louisa, VA 
Cookie (Chihuahua mix, approx 6 yrs old) & Copper (Dachscund mix, approx 8 yrs old) were surrendered to the shelter because their owner said he did not have time for them anymore.  Can you imagine being given up for a reason like that?  They are both housetrained and they are both very loving and sweet.  They would make wonderful pets/companions for some lucky family.  Lets find these two sweethearts a home in which they can go to together!

Cookie and Cooper -Killeen,TX
Cookie & Copper: Chihuahua, Dog; Killeen, TX 

2nd Chance Animal Shelter Cen-Tex Humane Society, Killeen, TX

Rover is a young adult neutered male poodle mix that weighs approximately 15 - 20 pounds.  His hair was dirty and matted and he was completely covered with fleas when he arrived at the shelter, but a few baths and a couple of weeks in a foster home have him looking and feeling much better.  His adoptive family will need to have him groomed frequently and he will  need to primarily live indoors or have a summer cut so that his hair does not become extremely matted again.  He may have been intimidated or possibly physically abused in the past and he is a little cautious, but he warms up to new people quickly and he loves to get lots of attention from the people around him.  He is also very social with other dogs.  He follows the lead of the cats around him if they stand still he is gentlemanly and respectful, but if they run he does not mind joining in a chase.  He can use a dog door and is doing well with his house training and while not completely trained, he definitely prefers to potty outside whenever he has free access to.  He just needs to find a good home and a family who will give him the love he deserves!

Rover - Natchez, MS
Rover: Poodle, Dog; Natchez, MS

Natchez-Adams County Humane Society, Natchez, MS

No paw left behind is our mission!

{Please keep in mind a dog is a 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 apart of "Woof Wednesdays" email Ann Michele Lauren or leave a comment!  Or simply start posting about dogs in need of a home on your blog or facebook page! 

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