Friday, November 30, 2012

Lessons From Einstein

Maybe you have seen this on the internet, maybe you have not.   But I think it's encouraging, inspiring,  and worth sharing....

 Ten Lessons From Einstein

1. Follow Your Curiosity

“I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.”

What piques your curiosity?  What are you most curious about? The pursuit of your curiosity is the secret to your success.

2. Perseverance is Priceless

“It’s not that I’m so smart; it’s just that I stay with problems longer.”
Through perseverance the turtle reached the ark. Are you willing to persevere until you get to your intended destination. They say the entire value of the postage stamp consist in its ability to stick to something until it gets there. Be like the postage stamp; finish the race that you’ve started.

3. Focus on the Present

“Any man who can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves.”
You cannot ride two horses at the same time just like you can do anything, but not everything. Learn to be present where you are; give your all to whatever you’re currently doing.

4. The Imagination is Powerful

“Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions. Imagination is more important than knowledge.”
Are you using your imagination daily? Einstein said the imagination is more important than knowledge. Your imagination pre plays your future. Einstein went on to say, The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge, but imagination. Are you exercising your imagination muscles daily, don’t let something as powerful as your imagination lie dormant.

5. Make Mistakes

“A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.”
Never be afraid of making a mistake. A mistake is not a failure. Mistakes can make you better, smarter and faster, if you utilize them properly. Discover the power of making mistakes. I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again, if you want to succeed, triple the amount of mistakes that you make.

6. Live in the Moment

“I never think of the future – it comes soon enough.”
The only way to properly address your future is to be as present as possible  in the present. You cannot presently change yesterday or tomorrow, so it’s of supreme importance that you dedicate all of your efforts to right now. It’s the only time that matters, it’s the only time there is.

7. Create Value

“Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.”
Don’t waste your time trying to be successful, spend your time creating value. If you’re valuable, then you will attract success. Discover the talents and gifts that you possess, learn how to offer those talents and gifts in a way that most benefits others. Labor to be valuable and success will chase you down.

8. Don’t be repetitive

“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”
You can’t keep doing the same thing everyday and expect different results. In order for your life to change, you must change, to the degree that you change your actions and your thinking is to the degree that your life will change.

9. Knowledge Comes From Experience

“Information is not knowledge. The only source of knowledge is experience.”
Knowledge comes from experience. You can discuss a task, but discussion will only give you a philosophical understanding of it; you must experience the task first hand to know it. What’s the lesson. Get experience. Don’t spend your time hiding behind speculative information, go out there and do it and you will have gained priceless knowledge.

10. Learn the Rules and Then Play Better

“You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else.”
To put it all in simple terms, there are two things that you must do. The first thing you must do is to learn the rules of the game that you’re playing. It doesn’t sound exciting, but it’s vital. Secondly, you must commit to play the game better than anyone else. If you can do these two things, success will be yours.

Thursday, November 29, 2012


To be upset over what you don't have is to waste what you do have.


If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.

Many people felt disappointed over not being the lucky winner of the historic 550 million powerball.  Some dreams were dashed.  And after letting themselves conjure up big dreams others became even more fixated on what they don't have. 

How many do that on a regular basis, become so fixated on what they feel they don't have and forgot to appreciate what they do have.  Money will never bring complete happiness, though it helps a lot it still has its limits as well.  In essence money cannot buy character, family, health, love, morals, virtue, world peace, honesty, kindness, compassion, or any of the things that really matter in life. 

We can focus on all that we don't have, or we can focus on all that we have.  But if what they say is true, that what we focus on we attract more of, then isn't it better to focus on the positive.  And would it not make sense to focus on dreams and wishes, give them the positive energy to actually become real. 

It would be great to win the lottery but just because we don't have that money doesn't mean people are not capable of making their dreams a reality.  We can complain about not having all we want but sometimes we also have to accept what we have been given and make something great out of it.  Have more dreams, make more wishes and do everything possible to make them real.  Just something to think about. 

One is never given a wish without also being given the power to make it true, thought they may have to work for it.  And maybe give up the mindless wishing that things would be different. Rather than wasting time and emotional and spiritual energy in explaining why we don't have what we want, we can start to pursue other ways to get it.

Do not wish to be anything but what you are, and to be that perfectly.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Woof Wednesday

Welcome to Woof Wednesday. Please meet some special dogs from  FL, IL, NC  NY,  and PA   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)

This little Maltese girl doesn't even have a name. Nor is much known about her but she does need a home.  And how can anyone resist such a cutie?  Let's find this girl a good home!

A251423 - Orlando, FL

Orange County Animal Services
2769 Conroy Road
Orlando, FL 32839
(407) 254-9150

Rex and Rebel are four year old very bonded Pyrenees brothers in need of a new home together.They will be placed directly into a new home by their current owner. Rex and Rebel  are good with most other dogs and kids. Cats are an unknown. They are house trained and crate trained. Car rides are not their favorite thing. Rebel is the more outgoing brother with Rex being less confident with new people and situations. Secure fencing for safe outside time will be required.  Please lets find a home these brothers a great home they can go to together!

Rex and Rebel - Bloomington, IL

Rex and Rebel COURTESY POST: Great Pyrenees, Dog; Bloomington, IL

Great Pyrenees Rescue of Central Illinois, Bloomington, IL
Sheryl 815-497-2080  

Ballantyne is a super friendly and playful cairn terrier/westie mix little girl that is only 2 years old or younger and weighs 11lbs,  She is a sheer delight to watch her run and play and wrestle the other doggies.  She is quiet and beautifully crate and leash trained too.  She is a happy little girl that will bring much joy to her new home.  Ballantyne was picked up as a matted stray dog so we don't know her history but we can predict that her future looks bright!  Let Ballantyne steal your heart and your maybe even your bed and she will give lots of love and kisses in return. Let's find this girl the good home she deserves!

Ballantyne: Cairn Terrier, Dog; Matthews, NC

Peanut's Place Small Breed Rescue, Matthews, NC


Tucker is a Catahoula Leopard dog. Just look at this handsome boy. Tucker is blind and is an absolutely awesome dog. Sweet as pie loves everyone and always has a smile on his face. He is one of the three White Angels Hope choose for the New Year, he is a very special boy. Despite the neglect and what ever this poor dog went through at human hands he is still loving and gentle and will make someone an awesome pet. We think he will do best with people that work from home and with another dog. We will find him a forever home where he will be treated with tenderness and love. If you are looking for a big cuddle bunny this is your boy. We want him to see the other side of life, the good side, the side that shows him humans are wonderful and good parents. He surely has not given up that hope. If you want to adopt Tucker you will be getting a wonderful companion full of love and devotion.  Please let's find Tucker a loving home!

Tucker - New York City, NY

White Angels Hope 
New York, NY 10023
Margret at

 Bruce is a miniature poodle who loves people!   He loves to sit on their laps while they pet him, loves to go on walks with them, and loves playing with them. Sometimes he balances on his hind legs so he can dance with them. If they're lucky, he'll wrap his paws around their  shoulders and give them a real hug!  Everyone always tells Bruce hes the cutest thing they've ever seen, but hes got the brains too! When he want a treat he does tricks like sitting down on command. When his toy rolls under the couch he knows how to nudge his foster mom until she gets it out for him.  He has a lot of personality and would be a perfect match for anyone.  Lets find this sweetheart the great home he deserves!
Bruce - Philadelphia, PA

PO Box 31942
Philadelphia, PA 19104
(267) 997-6451

Sophie is a calm, gentle Golden who just loves to be near people & is happy “chilling out” with other dogs, too (she’s not interested in playing with them, just wants to keep them company!). She loves grooming & petting. She enjoys her meals and does a cute little excited growl/warble as the food dish is being prepared. And now that she’s getting over her cough/cold, that tail is starting to wag more and more!

This lovely girl would do well in a quiet or moderately active household, with or without other dogs. Gentle strolls every day are a must to keep Miss Sophie flexible (and she loves the outings, too). The perfect family will be one looking for a furry companion who’ll hang out beside them as they watch TV, work at the computer, read a book, cook dinner… you get the picture!

Sophie - Austin, TX

Gold Ribbon Rescue
PO Box 956
Austin, TX 78767
(512) 659-4653

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!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Monday Musings

This Monday I was awake at 2am working on stuff, eating cereal and watching Revenge.  Some days there is just so much on my mind, the to do lists piling up in my head, work that needs to get done, stress coming from all angles, health stuff, coupled with wishful dreams lurking beneath all of it and well it can make it hard to sleep.

Honestly in those wee morning hours felt so hungry probably could have eaten a big steak dinner at that point.  That happens when the weather gets cold, do too much physical work, hormone changes or even when feeling stress I get crazy hungry.  Even the huge Thanksgiving meal nor large plate of pasta I had for dinner could quell the hunger.ha

Thanksgiving was fun, nice and crazy.  My mothers delicious home cooking, getting to play all day with the niece and spending time with family was great.  Tried to take a family photo which is always a little hard to do with a self timer and seven people.  But we managed to get a few cute ones, even if my sister did get a little testy and declared no more half way through the silliness.

Then there was a little family wii dance off which brought a little craziness as my dad happened to lose his balance, which led to him falling into a Tiffany lamp.  The lamp pretty much shattered into pieces, everyone scrambled except the man who kept on wii dancing as he didn't want my dad to feel embarrassed by the fuss.  As I have said before the man has a unique perspective. :)

Luckily dad was okay, and of course the wii dance off continued.  Until later that is when in the fun of the moment I forgot about the dizziness and one of the dances had a shake the head move.  As soon as I shook my head the room started to spin bringing with it the unpleasant nausea feeling.  At least I had already ate dinner.  But the ride home was not so pleasant as there is nothing like being in a moving car when you already feeling like things are moving.  Thankfully the man made some strong home brewed ginger tea which helped. The vertigo has not exactly been cooperative lately.

Friday evening we ventured out to see if the man could get a deal on a laptop. By then stores such as Best Buy and even Walmart were pretty much empty.   The deals on laptops were not very impressive so we came home empty handed. Saturday involved football all day with much napping in between.  Sunday was all about cleaning house which isn't exactly fun but has to be done.  More football.  And a homemade red sauce simmering on the stove.  By Sunday evening I felt rather stressed from all the work, and knowing there is still much that needs to be done.  Hence why I probably found myself awake at 2 watching Revenge.

Did I mention the man is participating in Movember, yes for a whole month it means he has to grow a mustache.  And yes like many others said about quarterback Aaron Rogers mustache, his is also making him look like a 70's porn star as well.  But these men are doing it for a good cause so that's all that matters!  Though it made for some interesting photos.

What a long post this Monday, and what a Thanksgiving.  All I can say is I'm grateful for all those little moments shared with the ones I love, that is what truly matters the most! 

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Soul Sunday

Thanksgiving is often a time in which people show their gratitude and thankfulness for what they have, but most importantly the people in their lives. 

Though our society may tout independence as highly regarded, fact is we need each other....always have and always will.  Essentially we are all dependent on one another in some form or other.  And having people one can depend on, trust and being dependable, trustworthy for others is important in all aspects of life. 

Our strengths are others weaknesses, and vice versa.  We only grow as people, as a society when we learn it's not about "me" it's about "we", it's about being there for each other. Yet too many people are let down or hurt by those two virtues that seem to be lacking in our society today.  On the other hand how thankful we feel when we have found people with those virtues.

Learning to be dependable and trustworthy are soul enriching for both the giver and receiver.  But the two often times do not come easy for many. 

So how can anyone become dependable and trustworthy.  These simple ideas from wikihow are great steps.

How To Become Dependable

1. Dependable - capable of being depended on; worthy of trust.
2. Keep your promises. Do what you said you would. Do it how and how much as much as is needed. Fulfill your duties without excuses. If you cannot do exactly as you stated, then have reasons -- but first, help with making other arrangements, make amends, apologize.   Never neglect or shrug off your part, becoming lax or slack.  Do not forget your commitments, say and mean it I will remember.

3. Be consistently punctual. Do your work or play when you said you would do it.

4. Be there: on the spot, when and where you said you would be.

5. Be trustworthy. Trust is assured reliance on the character, ability, strength, or truth of someone or something.

6. Be honest; be true so that you wouldn't steal a penny or lie.

7. Be faithful. Be constant, unfaltering like solid rock.

8. Be secure as an anchor in a storm and all through the day and night.

9. Be responsible for what you do.

10.  Be steady, steadfast, organized.

And to be trustworthy we must first understand how to build trust.

How To Build Trust

1.  Do what you say. Possibly the most important step to building a foundation of trust is to do what you say you will do. At least try doing it. Even if it is a small thing, canceling or failing to follow through will create hairline fractures in your trustworthiness. Enough of those, and the foundation will crumble.

2.  Never lie. Sounds easy, right? Not always. It's surprisingly simple to find yourself saying a little white lie to protect your friend, lover, or even your parents. But if you tell the truth even when the truth isn't perfectly pleasant, you will become much more trustworthy. Be honest with yourself and with others. Personal integrity is a must and honesty demonstrates integrity. The ability of others to trust you hinges upon your honesty and integrity.

3.  Volunteer information. When an opportunity to be vague arises, don't take it. Volunteer information to your listener to prove that you have nothing to hide.

4.  Don't omit important details. The main reason it is best not to omit important details is because it is hard to keep up with a string of omissions. People will start to notice contradictions in your stories and you will be considered a liar, even if you are only omitting a little! Tell people things they need or want to know, if you begin to provide reliable information they will trust you.

5.  If you do have secrets, let it be known. You shouldn't be forced to give up your most personal feelings and secrets just to be trustworthy. Everyone is entitled to privacy. But the key to being trustworthy while also maintaining your privacy is to make the boundary clear.

6.  Don't mask truths. An off-shoot of "Never lie" is never to mask truths. Sometimes it seems harmless to "morph" the truth into something more palatable to preserve your ego.

7.  Keep secrets. No gossip allowed. Never blab someone else's story. Enough said. You can only trust people who are discreet and those who can keep the same silences or protect your confidences.

8.  If you do lie, admit to it. Sometimes it feels unavoidable to lie. It is best to confess to your lie as soon as possible and explain your motives. If you get caught, don't deny it. That is simply another lie.

9.  Speak your feelings. People who only convey hard facts come across as cold and distant.

10.   Tell the truth. If being honest and truthful is critical, you must be seen as someone who speaks the truth.

11.  Honor your promises. Trust requires that people believe you are dependable. Keep your promises and be reliable. If you say you'll do something, do it. Reliability fosters trust. People are assured you follow through on your word when you put your money where your mouth is.
12.  Show openness. This implies relying on a person to give you the full truth. Mistrust comes as much from what people know, including what they do not know. Realize that open and honest dialogue is reciprocated. When you instill a sense of openness with others, and they are more candid with you when you seek honest feedback.
13.  Show consistency in your behavior. This relates to your reliability and predictability. It also determines your ability and good judgement in handling situations. Display loyalty. This refers to your ability to protect others, to be on same side, in their presence but most importantly in their absence.

14.  Do not break promises, however small and insignificant they may seem. Trust requires that people know you are dependable.

15.  Be competent. Gain the respect and admiration of others by displaying adequate interpersonal or professional ability. Know that your competency reflects how trustworthy others consider you to be. Acknowledge them. Trust is earned when you acknowledge your limitations and offer to help find a solution.

16.  Demonstrate a strong moral ethic. This is particularly important in relationships. The other must feel confident that you will not falter or show betrayal in any form, when away from the other. People must not doubt your ability to be true or dedicated.

17.  Be neutral when placed in difficult predicaments. Do not choose sides until you make certain that you know the hard facts.

18.  Aim to be objective and show fairness. When making decisions or taking actions consider how others may perceive this in terms of objectivity and fairness.  Treat others as you want to be treated. Be consistent your in interactions with others.

19.  Do not display double standards. Show consistency in your behavior.  Realize that your faithfulness or loyalty to a friend, family member, co-worker, boss or subordinate earns their trust. Defend or protect others when you have the opportunity to do so. It is the right thing to do. Recognize that others have faults and make mistakes. Giving them the opportunity to fix their errors and move past it.

20.  Understand that being compassionate breeds trust. Take an interest in the personal struggles others encounter to foster a genuine sense of caring. This increases your personal character as being a trustworthy person.

Everyone needs someone reach out and be that someone. 

Thursday, November 22, 2012


Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.


Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Woof Wednesday

Welcome to Woof Wednesday. Please meet some special dogs from CA, NJ, 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)
Friend is about 8 years of age with an extremely gentle and loving personality. He was given up by his owners who could not afford to care for him.   His owners had him de-barked and had neglected him until Save-a-Life intervened and took him in.  Friend has cataracts in his eyes, now but this does not stop him from playing, and giving his people his love. 

Friend - Santa Monica, CA 

Fuzzy Dog and Cat Rescue, Inc.
1158 26th Street Suite 260
Santa Monica, CA 90403
(310) 883-5681


 This lovely young lady is Charisse!  Charisse is a one year old Hound mixed breed who is a bit on the shy side.  Charisse is wishing for a family who understands that it takes her some time to warm up to strangers and a cozy home with lots of love would be perfect for her!  Charisse bonds quickly to any of our volunteers that walk her and she tries to stay right by your side.  The world can be a scary place for a homeless dog and Charisse will be counting on her new family to teach her how to appreciate life to its fullest.  For more informatiion about our darling Charisse, please call or E-mail our Center today.  Let's find this girl the home she deserves!
Charisse -  Lindenwold, NJ

Animal Adoption Center
501 North Berlin Road
Lindenwold, NJ 08021
(856) 435-9116

The blowing wind and rain scared me. I ran and got lost. The place where I ended up was not nice at all. I was even more scared there than of the wind and rain. But I was lucky. A lovely lady and her good husband came to pick me up. I was transported to a palace. I think I am Cinderella but they call me Dixie Eve. Things are looking up. I am tired but warm, well fed and settled. I would like to tell you more about my adventures, so why don't you call? Put in that application then we can talk. I am a wonderful little girl. I promise. Please call them so we can meet.

Dixie Eve - Sinking Spring, PA
 Save A Yorkie Rescue, Inc.
2650 Shillington Road
Sinking Spring, PA 19608
(610) 670-2183

Meet Rina who is a 12 yr old shiba looking for a new forever home. Her previous owner is going into assisted living and was unable to take her. She is a sweet, affectionate girl who loves to give kisses. Her owner said that Rina is great with children. True to her shiba nature, she is an escape artist and one time when she was about 2 yrs old, she was hurt by another dog when she was exploring the neighborhood. The injury required stitches and she has a little muscle weakness in her rear legs but it hasn’t caused major problems throughout her life. Rina likes going out for walks, knows basic commands, and loves attention. If you're interested in adopting Rina, please complete an adoption application on our website.She’s a cute girl who is waiting for a new home, will it be yours?

Rina -  New York City, NY

NYC Shiba Rescue, Inc.
New York, NY 10001-0003

My name is Faith, I am a tiny terrier mix who weighs about 4 pounds. I have had a really hard life and am hoping to find my forever home where I will be loved and pampered.I am staying in a foster home with two other dogs and we all get along great. Even doing well with potty training. My foster mom says I'm a good girl. I like to follow her around while she is doing things around the house and then we cuddle and watch tv. I like kids too.Please find me a good home as I would really like a family to call my own.
Tail Waggers 911
121 W. Niesen Dr.
Saukville, WI 53080
(262) 268-7031
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!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Monday Musings

This Monday I'm feeling rather introspective and in the need for a little inspiration.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Soul Sunday

  To simply listen not judge, to understand, show compassion, to know we are all unique, that nothing in life is perfect.
Nobody is perfect, and nobody deserves to be perfect. Nobody has it easy, everyone has issues. You never know what people are going through. So pause before you start judging, mocking or criticizing others. Everybody is fighting their own unique war.
When you begin to judge yourself less and love yourself more, you’ll begin to judge others less and love them more, too. And just imagine what that could mean for you and the people around you too. 
 As long as we continue to live as if we are what we do, what we have, and what other people think about us, we will remain filled with judgments, opinions, evaluations, and condemnations. We will remain addicted to putting people and things in their right place. 
 When we are judging everything, we are learning nothing. There's nothing wrong with enjoying looking at the surface of the ocean itself, except that when you finally see what goes on underwater, you realize that you have been missing the whole point of the ocean. Staying on the surface all the time is like going to the circus and staring at the outside of the tent.


Saturday, November 17, 2012

Simple Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Simple Garlic Mashed Potatoes    


4 large red potatoes, unpeeled, cut into uniform quarters
4 -5 large garlic cloves, peeled and cut in halves
warm milk
salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Place potatoes and garlic into a large saucepan full of cold water. Bring to a boil over high heat, reduce heat to medium, and boil for about 10-12 minutes. Check potatoes for doneness by poking a few wedges with a fork or skewer--if still firm, cook another minute or two and check again. Repeat until tender. Drain, taking care not to lose garlic cloves. Return potatoes to warm pot.
  2. Mash potatoes. Do not overwork, or potatoes will be tough (it's okay if there's a few lumps--it just means these are real potatoes, not from a box). Make sure to smash up the garlic, or pull out the cloves and squeeze in a garlic press.
  3. Add some butter, to taste (I usually use 2-3 T), and salt and pepper, also to taste. Mix until butter has melted.
  4. Add a little warm milk and beat it into the potatoes. Continue until potatoes are desired creaminess
  5. Cover pot with foil to keep warm until ready to serve. Potatoes will stay hot for 10-15 minutes this way. Servings: 4  

Friday, November 16, 2012

Crazy Days

Some days are just crazy.  Take for instance day. 

I love candles the delicious aroma, the beautiful light and the rather romantic feel that fills the air.  Except when the wax lands on my face. Yes that's right, went to blow out a bunch of votive candles but suppose I blew too hard as the wax went everywhere including my face, glasses and hair.  My first thought was oh no not the glasses, as I have that anti reflection coating on them which is highly sensitive to just about everything.  But then I looked in the mirror and could not help but burst out laughing as I looked rather hilarious covered in wax! ha

Then I decided to rid the shower of mold, after scrubbing I think applied a mildew and mold spray.  Only it seemed as if the spray showered me as my eyes started burning, and my nose felt like it had inhaled bleach.  I panicked, ran downstairs and proceeded to spray my head with the shower nozzle.  (our downstairs bathroom has one of those big old fashioned tubs with a shower head attached so I can bath the dog.  Anyway, there I was trying to get the bleach off when I realized the spray was also wetting just about the entire bathroom as well.

Oh yeah let's not forget upon reaching in the fridge for our marinating steaks, I knocked the buy one get one free blueberries I was so happy to have gotten such a deal on all over the kitchen floor. 

On top of that I get a call from our neighbors.  They adopted a dog, who is not only deaf but recently discovered has lost vision in one eye.  Given our dog has had visions problem for years they asked for advice.  I explained to them we give her drops daily and it helped.  They had quite a few options one to inject a needle in the dogs eye but since they heard we administer drops they decided to try it as they thought it would be less invasive for the poor dog.  Well they call me upset as when they try to administer the eye drops the dog tries to bite them.  Since I have not encountered that problem with our dog, I tried to sooth them by saying it may take time or a lot of treats.  Gave them ideas about possible ways they might be able to distract her. 

They are elderly and I feel so bad for them and the little dog having to go through all this. Though I know my family's Scottie would probably try to bite if someone put drops in her eye.  Vets don't realize how hard it can be for pet owners and there isn't a lot on the market to help with such things. So now I'm worried about this little dog, hoping it will be okay and that the diagnosis is correct as it feels like there could be more to her problem.

And the man's laptop has malfunctioned to the point he is going to have to purchase a new one.  Scrambling to save data is what he is up against right now.   Not exactly the expense we need before the holidays. 

Oh what a day, yes one of those crazy days.  And I don't even have a photo to show though I suppose that's a good thing.  But if you ask me this is sound on advice on these type days....

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Woof Wednesday

Welcome to Woof Wednesday. Please meet some special dogs from CA, FL, NJ, PA and SC 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 Rudy and Tudy, two best friends who were relinquished by an owner who hit some tough times and could no longer care for them.  They've been living at the shelter for the past year or so in hopes that their family would be able to take them back home, but now it seems that their best chance of having a good life is to be adopted into a new forever home.  Rudy the Westie is about 5 years old, and is a young soul who loves attention and gets along with all creatures, both human and animal.  Tudy is a little older, probably around 8 or 9, and has lost his vision, but he doesn't expect to be treated any differently from his little dog friends. Tudy is always one of the first dogs running out the door of the play area hoping to go outside and have an adventure.  You wouldn't even be able to tell he's blind except that he does run into a door or two every now and again.  His unbroken spirit makes him one of our heroes!. These two sweet creatures need to be adopted together, as Rudy is not only Tudy's best friend, but also his seeing eye dog.  Please lets find these two sweethearts a good home!

Rudy and Tudy - Los Angeles, CA

Bark Avenue Foundation
3030 South Hill Street
Los Angeles, CA 90007
(213) 840-0153

Free two beagles available to a good home they must stay together.  We are looking for a home with no kids where Bailey and Ryley can lay around with you and keep you company.  Ryley loves to be petted all the time and will do anything for you to love him. Bailey likes to be the side kick, play ball or just hang out.  Both beagles are males, they have all their shots and test records.  Both are healthy, approximately 11 and 8 years old, and never been hunting.   Their owners  would like them to go to a good home as they have two young children and feel they are not giving the dogs the attention they deserve.  Included is a bunch of dog food, toys, leashes.  Please these are great dogs who are in need of a true home!

Bailey and Ryley - Jackonsville, FL

First Coast Beagle Rescue
9802-12 Baymeadows Rd #101
Jacksonville , FL 32256

Kate & Spencer are a bonded pair of bichons. Both are spayed/neutered. They have lived together their entire lives so we will be looking for a family who will take both dogs together. Kate is 9 yrs. old & Spencer is 7 yrs. old. They came to DVBR a couple of years ago and were placed with an older person, however, she is ill at this time and can no longer care  for this wonderful pair of dogs. 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.

Kate and Spencer - Cinnaminson, NJ

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

Sweet Sae shuffles around, trying his best to stay out of the way, and doing what he thinks will make everyone happy! He’s a wonderfully sweet and gentle fellow who only wants to please.  Sae came from a crowded and frightening shelter in New York City, where he was found as a stray. He’s an adorable senior Yorkshire Terrier mix, about 15 pounds, with one ear up and one ear down! Sae is completely blind from cataracts and partially deaf. He has no hearing out of his left ear and only slight hearing out of his right, but does hear louder noises. Sae is completely housebroken and has never had an accident in the house, not even when he first arrived. He takes treats gently from your hand, and loves to sleep by the front screen door to feel the breeze and smell the smells from outside. He sleeps much of the day and sleeps completely through the night. He completely ignores the other dogs and cats.  Sae has allergies and does a lot of licking, which sometimes create sores. He’s currently on prednisone and gets weekly baths with a medicated shampoo. He stands quietly for his baths with no fuss. When his allergies are particularly bad, he wears wears a Tshirt as needed. Anxiety may play a role in his licking, as well. Sae’s history is unknown, and we can only imagine what he may have gone through. Sae is quite timid, and walks very slowly and carefully. It took him about a week to venture out of the expen, and another week to leave the living room. He now knows the downstairs rooms and can find his way back to the deck from outside, but does occasionally need guidance.  His favorite time to be held is a few hours after dinner, where he will just melt into your arms for some loving!  Sae is a very quiet and careful fellow only heard him bark three times. He will need a patient and understanding owner who will work with him as he learns to trust and bond. Sae prefers a quiet house with no children and ideally, would be adopted within five or six hours of central upstate New York to avoid the stress of a longer transport. I believe a longer transport would be very difficult for him.  Sae has a lot of love to give and he has waited very patiently for his own forever home! This gentle boy, who only wants to do the right thing, has a lot of love to share! Please fill out an adoption application if you are interested in sharing your life with Sae!

Sae - Philadelphia, PA

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

Patch is a male Dachshund mix that we think is about 7 months old.   He currently weighs 12 pounds, and should not grow to be any more than 20 pounds as an adult.  He is good with other dogs and a real charmer.  Let's find this little man the home he deserves!

Patch - West Columbia,SC

The Heartworm Project
P.O. Box 7308
West Columbia, SC 29171-7308
(803) 394-7470

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.}

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