Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween

Little one is dressed as a pumpkin and hoping for lots of treats. Happy Halloween!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Woof Wednesday

Welcome to Woof Wednesday. Please meet some great dogs from CA, NY, PA and TX all in need of good, loving homes!

This young Terrier / Chihuahua mix would love to find a family. This poor little guy doesn't even have a name. Please lets find him a loving home!

A4624637- Gardena, CA
Los Angeles County Animal Control - Carson
216 West Victoria Street
Gardena, CA 90248
(310) 523-9566

Pretty is a Dachshund/Beagle mix just sitting in the Los Angeles County animal control hoping for a family.  Please lets find her a great home!

Pretty A4640452 - Gardena, CA

Los Angeles County Animal Control - Carson
216 West Victoria Street
Gardena, CA 90248
(310) 523-9566

 Blizzard is a very social, happy, and energetic West Highland Terrier mix who is looking for an active family that can provide plenty of daily mental and physical exercise! This 1 year old boy weighs 20 pounds. He is extremely loving, however, due to the fact that he has fairly severe resource guarding with food and treats (he may bite when he is guarding these objects), he needs an experienced family without children. Blizzard seems to be friendly with some other dogs but he should probably not live with cats due to his resource guarding. His new family will need to continue his housebreaking.  Please lets find him a good home!

 Blizzard - New York, NY

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

 Pepper is a sweet Havanese who just wants a family to love.  Please lets find him a loving home!

 Pepper - Philadelphia, PA
 Operation Ava
860-862 N. 3rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19123

 Roper is a handsome ten month old Labrador Retriever.  He had a rope embedded into his neck when found, and while now there is a one inch deep sore that is healing around his neck where the rope used to be, he still looks amazing!  He is your typical lab pup...has the energy to run and play, but also is learning when to be calm and collected. He is already learning how to sit and really does know right from wrong, but just needs some guidance. He would really benefit from some obedience training. He loves also loves to go on walks and would make a wonderful walking or jogging partner. I am house trained and crate trained. Good with dogs, cats and children. He would really like to find an active home with a family who is patent and willing to give me a much deserved second chance at life.  Please lets find him a great home!

Roper - San Antonio, TX

 Spay-Neuter-Inject-Protect San Antonio
6338 N New Braunfels #185
San Antonio, TX 78209
(210) 237-9400

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 Michele, Lauren or leave a comment. Or simply start posting about dogs in need of a home on your blog or facebook page!

Monday, October 28, 2013

Monday Musings

The week contained a bunch of up and down moments. Some of which are hard to put into words. So I'll just focus on little musings from the week.

Gave in to the chilly temperatures and put the heat on, when the little one starts to shake it's getting colder. Though the afternoon warmed up just enough in the beginning of the week to allow little one a fun walk in the park.  She seemed to really enjoy it, watching her sniff the air is precious!

The man went into zone out mode Monday and Wednesday pretty much not leaving the couch and watching tv all day.  Not sure he's back to normal yet, nor taking care of himself as well as he could be. Such days can feel frustrating as he does nothing and barely says a word.  Monday was really busy for me, even just offering to make dinner would have helped. I know complaining about it changes little but it feels good to just release it.

Thursday got him to run some errands, though on his time. Personally I like to tackle errands in the morning, there is usually less traffic and people to deal with, plus it gets them out of the way for the day.  And sometimes if a sale is good items tend to sell out before noon.

Friday he went golfing, and then we took in a local high school football game.  It was a cold night but fun.  Being at a high school game can bring back memories. It was homecoming as well so they announced the court, hearing all the big dreams and goals of the kids was fun.  Sometimes it even makes you want to have a second chance at it all again, to start a new back at that age but with the wisdom you know now. 

Saturday we were suppose to carve pumpkins but the man wimped out. The couch sucked him in again, though didn't let it keep me from having fun.  Also tried a trick for keeping pumpkins fresh longer, whether it works or not we'll have to wait and see.  The pumpkin is dipped into one gallon of water mixed with 1 tsp of bleach then let air dry upside down.  When dry brush inside and outside of pumpkin with 2 Tbsp vinegar and 1 tsp lemon juice.

Sunday found myself running more errands in the morning, then took little one to Petsmart in the afternoon for a Halloween costume and some new food.   Little one's allergies have been really acting up so going to try a grain free diet, which some people feel helps. So we are trying out the Blue brand was surprised though as their prices are high! (it's crazy how healthy food whether for animals or humans seems to cost more)

Also got some more bargains this week, really need to get around to sharing those in a post.

For now have to get to work on bills but the sun is shining bright, it's warming up nicely and so it might be a good day to tackle the outdoor work as well.  And maybe even take a walk in the park!

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Soul Sunday

Dr Vint Virga is a behavior veterinarian who over the years has immersed himself in the inner world of animals. He believes there are many lessons to be learned from animals. What better inspiration for this Sunday.....

10 Lessons We Can All Learn From Animals

1. Savor the moment.

Animals live focused on the moment whereas we humans are far too often distracted by our thoughts about the past and future—a fight with a friend last night, the performance review tomorrow, our growing to-do list. By taking our cue from animals and noticing more of each moment, we can find more fully appreciate what is happening right now in our lives.

2. Heed your instincts.

Alert to each of their senses, animals respond to cues about the world around them by trusting their instincts and acting on them. When we rationalize what our instincts may tell us to take notice of—or ignore what our senses are conveying to us—we risk dismissing important signals about events, circumstances, and the people around us. As we attend to our senses and acknowledge our instincts, we open our selves to new choices and opportunities.

3. Keep focused on what’s most important.

On those days when it seems everything has gone wrong and we come home exhausted, our animal companions devotedly greet us with unfailing offers of love and affection. Even those times we may speak harshly toward them or ignore them completely as we walk in the door, they wait in the wings for the moment to come when we, at last, turn our attention to them. And in their patient devotion, they serve as reminders of how vital it is to connect with others and share our hearts.

4. Don’t get bogged down on words.

As we communicate with family and friends, most often we think of relying on words. Yet, we often neglect to consider the many others ways that we portray our inner world. The tone of our voice, our facial expressions, our posture, our movements, and even our scents scents, can all communicate our thoughts, emotions, and intentions. They're often more reliable than the words we choose.

5. Take time to rest.

In the hurried pace of our daily routines, it’s easy to fill our days with a steady stream of activities—places to be, people to meet, tasks to accomplish. But, taking a cue from our dogs and cats, the lions at the zoo, a hawk perched in a tree overlooking the road that we glimpse from the car, we can take quiet moments to rest for a bit and give ourselves time to relax and reflect.

6. Remember to play.

Likewise, in the middle of our day, when we feel pressures from work or at home, a well-deserved break—even just a few moments—from the task at hand can lighten our load and help ease our concerns. From Labradors to Bengals and timber wolves to leopards, the creatures around us routinely play to invent, discover, and bring joy to their day.

7. Don’t take yourself so seriously.

Whether rolling in catnip or pouncing on strings, our cats are fully absorbed in their game without worries about how they may appear to others watching them. Likewise, when our dogs chase a ball, sniff at lampposts, or gnaw a bone, they relish their pastimes without concern for how they may look to passersby. Letting go of our inner critic and the judgments of others, we can more fully embrace those times we enjoy.

8. Let go of attachment to being right or wrong.

Evolution favors those creatures who focus on what matters most: finding food, remaining healthy, resting, breeding, caring for young. When we defer to our sense of pride and self-importance, we risk losing the outcomes and results we want most. Letting go of our attachment to being right or wrong frees us align ourselves with what we value most

9. Practice forgiveness.

While animals, certainly, suffer grief, misfortune, and misery, they move past them with greater poise than we, as humans, often do. The continuity of their lives takes precedence over reliving the past. When words and deeds come back to play in our minds, like the creatures around us, we can give as before with grace and equanimity.

10. Love unconditionally.

In the silent presence of the creatures around us—all alone on the sofa with our dog by our side or cat resting cozily curled in our lap—we sense their regard for our thoughts and feelings, and we respond in kind without reserve. If we choose, we can do so, as well, with each other.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Pumpkin Seeds

As we get ready to carve our pumpkins today thought I would share a pumpkin seed recipe from the food network. It provides all sorts of flavor options as well.

Pumpkin Seeds

1. Seed the pumpkin: Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. Using a spoon, scrape the pulp and seeds out of your pumpkin into a bowl.

2. Clean the seeds: Separate the seeds from the stringy pulp, rinse the seeds in a colander under cold water, then shake dry. Don't blot with paper towels; the seeds will stick.

3. Dry them: Spread the seeds in a single layer on an oiled baking sheet and roast 30 minutes to dry them out.

4. Add spices: Toss the seeds with olive oil, salt and your choice of spices (see below). Return to the oven and bake until crisp and golden, about 20 more minutes.

Sweet Toss with cinnamon and sugar (do not use salt in step 4).

Indian Toss with garam masala; mix with currants after roasting.

Spanish Toss with smoked paprika; mix with slivered almonds after roasting.

Italian Toss with grated parmesan and dried oregano.

Barbecue Toss with brown sugar, chipotle chile powder and ground cumin.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Woof Wednesday

Welcome to Woof Wednesday. Please meet some great dogs from CA, CT, NY, PA and TX all in need of good, loving homes!

Artie is a terrier mix just sitting in animal services hoping to find a nice family.  Please lets find this little guy a loving home!

ArtieA1555217  - San Diego, CA

 San Diego County Department of Animal Services - South Shelter
5821 Sweetwater Road
Bonita, CA 91902
(619) 263-7741

 Virdel and Pepper are West Highland terrier mixes.  They are both about a year old and were found on the streets together.  They are very bonded and would like to be adopted out together. They are good with dogs, cats and children.  Both are housebroken as well. They are loving little brothers who would make great lap dogs in a warm home.  Please lets find these brothers a great home!

Virdel and Pepper - Dana Point, CA
 A Wish for Animals
P.O. Box 4054
Dana Point, CA 92629
(949) 648-7924

 Tucker is a 3mo male lab mix puppy who was rescued from a bad situation in rural MS.  This pup lives in the house with his foster family where he's lovingly cared for while awaiting his forever home.  Happy, playful, outgoing puppy. Full of fun and life, very confident and never meets a stranger. Well-socialized, has grown up around kids, cats and other dogs. Recommended for children 6 years and older. Instruction has begun with crate training, housebreaking and leash walking. Weighs about 20 pounds, healthy, altered and utd on shots. This is an adorable puppy with a happy, loving temperament who will make a great companion for an active family with kids. Please lets find him a good home!

Tucker -  Enfield,CT

 Good Dog Rescue
Enfield, CT 06082

Edward and Bella are darling, loving 4 year old male and female Schnauzers who were saved from a horrific puppy mill situation in TN. When they first arrived they were so matted it was hard to tell what kinds of dogs they were. They were infested with fleas and ticks and covered in burrs that were embedded in their fur. Regardless of the abuse of neglect, they both are sweet as sugar and are ready to be loved and to give back wags & kisses. Edward is the darker larger male and he's approx 12 lbs, Bella is the smaller dark grey female. They are a wonderful loving couple together and it would be wonderful if they could stay together Please lets find this sweet pair a loving home they can go to together!

Edward and Bella - Staten Island, NY

Tails of Love Animal Rescue, Inc.
47 Tabb Place
Staten Island, NY 10302
(646) 436-3625

 Scotch is a 6-8 month old male Havanese/ Terrier mix puppy. He is very lovable with lots of energy. We are looking for a family that will give our Scotch the love and attention a pup needs. He is good with dogs and children. He will be neutered and up to date on all his vaccines appropriate for his age before he is adopted out. Please lets find him a great home!

Scotch - Philadelphia, PA
 Pine Valley Shih Tzu Rescue
P.O. Box 52022
Philadelphia, PA 19115
(215) 917-5278

Looking for a pair that are already best friends? Look no further.  Sisters Brandy and Sandy are three years old.  Sandy & Brandy are short full figured gal which are full grown at 55 lbs. They are currently on a diet and exercise routine.  Both stand 24 inches from the ground to the top of their head.  Our best guess is the girls are Golden/Labrador Retriever mixes. They enjoy relaxing,  splashing around in shallow water, car rides, other dogs, the dog park, playing chase and tug of war with her dog friends.  Both are good with children. They are good girls when they get a bath, nails trimmed and ears cleaned.  Both girls are good on a leash. Sandy likes to walking behind while Brandy likes to walk in the front. They are house trained and goes to there crate on command. They are allowed to sleep where ever wants at night, but will sleep in there crate at night if this is required of them. Please lets find them a good home!

Brandy and Sandy - Arlington,TX

Shelter2Rescue Coalition
Arlington, TX 76013

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 Michele, Lauren or leave a comment. Or simply start posting about dogs in need of a home on your blog or facebook page!

Monday, October 21, 2013

Monday Musings

Monday is starting off chilly in Philly.  Little one started shaking, so wrapped her in a warm, snugly fleece blanket then brought the space heater downstairs to try to warm up the room.  I'm actually looking to purchase another space heater, so if anyone has one they love or has got any recommendations please feel free to share.

It was a rather busy week. Tuesday we got to observe my niece at school which was really cool and got to hang out with her afterwards.  I find being around her age group not only fun but fascinating.  And if you really listen to them they have a lot to say, which makes me wonder how often do we truly listen to them?             

Thursday got the man to run to Kohls with me as had a 30% coupon and need black riding boots. With the dizziness it's hard to wear heels anymore so the flat shoes/boots really come in handy.  Found a sweet pair of black riding boots for only $50.  Though I'm not one for fashion posts may have to share some of the bargains I have found lately.

Friday took on the task of cleaning out the basement, taking apart furniture for disposal and packing up clothes to give to charity.  It was a little more work than anticipated but it looks great.

Saturday was a party for my mother's birthday. My mother got a cold so she wasn't exactly feeling great. We went to pick pumpkins at a local farm, the man even decided to join us.  That's right he left the comfort of the couch and tv to have some fun.  He even got involved in some arts and crafts with the niece.  Of course in his mind one never knows the motivation but I believe he had fun. Though it appears to have wore him out as today he hasn't left the couch!

We girls sure had fun. Luckily the weather warmed up a little as well.  My dad got some delicious hot roast beef, with provolone for sandwiches, mac and cheese, salad and my carrot cake cupcakes for desert.  They are our new favorite dessert to serve at family parties.

Sunday involved chilling out on the couch watching football.  Of course half of my fantasy team either got hurt or didn't play great.  It's frustrating as I've got some talented athletes on my team should feel they should be producing more points.  Anyway....

Today have a list full of things to do.  So before I become to comfy on the couch it's time to get moving. Though I would rather be hanging at the pumpkin patch!

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Soul Sunday

Using time, pressure and patience, the universe gradually changes caterpillars into butterflies, sand into pearls, and coal into diamonds. You’re being worked on too, so hang in there. Just because something isn’t happening for you right now, doesn’t mean it will never happen.
Everything comes to you in the right moment. Be patient.
  Something that is really difficult, but totally worth it, is giving up on how you thought it was supposed to be. The most beautiful part of this practice is simply returning to the peaceful feeling of being and working with what’s available to you in the moment. This peace is the result of retraining your mind to process life as it is, rather than as you had expected.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Sweet Potato Biscuits

Sweet Potato Biscuits

These vegan sweet potato biscuits are so moist and flaky, they practically melt in your mouth.

Makes about 10

1 1/2 cups spelt flour (or whole wheat)
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
4 tablespoons cold nonhydrogenated margarine or coconut oil
1 cup mashed cooked sweet potato (1 medium)
1/4 cup nondairy milk

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Sift flour, baking powder, and sea salt together. Cut in margarine or coconut oil until mixture resembles coarse meal. Mix in sweet potato and milk until combined.

Scoop out 1/4-cup mounds of dough (an ice cream scoop works well) and flatten to biscuit shape on unoiled baking sheet. Bake 25 to 20 minutes, or until bottoms are golden.

 Vegan Sweet potato spelt biscuits recipe

Friday, October 18, 2013

The Telly

What role does television play in your life?  Could you give it up for 24 hours?

Sometimes I talk about the man's obsession with tv, because it's hard for me to understand the constant need for tv.  Before the man I watched a little tv here and there, but nothing compared to him. Watching tv is pretty much the majority of his day.  In fact, a lot of what we do is rushed so he can get back to the tv.  I've tried hard to sway him to do other things but it isn't always easy.

Much like other vices, tv can become an escape too.  Instead of living life people watch it.  It's much easier for some to zone to tv than engage in life, have real conversations and interactions. Sometimes technology can feel rather socially isolating as well. 

And what about all the negative stuff viewed on television, it can negatively affect us.  Think about it if we watch the news which tends to be filled with negative we come away feeling happy or sad? And all these reality shows that seem to promote caddishness, unkindness, fighting, crimes, selfishness, etc, what affect does that have?  Not only on adults but kids.

And what if it's true that we become what and who we surround ourselves with?  If that's true than could not television, especially negative shows or movies potentially bring negativity into our lives?

As happenstance has it I stumbled upon this interesting piece on tv written by Gay Hendricks.

Today I ask you to focus on television and it's place in your life.  Some people do not own televisions by choice, and others do not have televisions by circumstance, but most people - even the very poorest, even those in the most remote areas of the world, living without indoor plumbing - not only own televisions but have set up those televisions as guests of honor throughout the house.  The sets occupy eye drawing positions, resting on precious pieces of furniture, adorned with all sorts of accouterments: remote control devices, so that only wrist movement is necessary, dvd, cable boxes, to allow hundreds of options for zoning out.  More than drugs, more than alcohol, televisions have become the narcotic of choice in our culture. 

This is not to suggest television isn't a remarkable medium, one that can bring vital information, connection to people and places that were beyond us.  Television is both of these things and much more. And yet, it is also the most prevalent way in which people flee, avoid, deny and escape reality and relationship.  You watch the suffering on a soap opera, and yet cannot see the suffering in your own home.  You gasp at the danger in a thriller, and yet cannot see the crisis in our partner's eyes.

If each time you approached the television, you first asked yourself what else you could be doing, with whom you could be engaging, what might be the answer?

For the next twenty four hours, your television is broken.  Commit yourself to doing anything but watching television.  Feel what you feel as you do this; you may find yourself feeling cut adrift, or you may feel a sense of despair - we often to when we give up our crutches - and this is all right.  Let yourself feel whatever arises, and do not judge yourself, but do not give in to the feelings by medicating yourself with the television.  Read, talk, watch your loved ones, walk, dream, write, play or sit with your eyes open and do absolutely nothing at all.  Just be. 

There are moments I wonder what life would be like without televisions and computers?  What would people do if the telly did not exist? What would you do?

Turn off the TV!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Woof Wednesday

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

This little Chihuahua mix is sitting in animal control just hoping for a nice family to rescue her.  Please lets find her a loving home!
A4641821 -Gardena, CA

 Los Angeles County Animal Control - Carson
216 West Victoria Street
Gardena, CA 90248
(310) 523-9566
Cinder is a young Labrador Retriever mix who is not too big.  She is approx 30 lbs, and ready to go to a new home.  Cinder is housebroken, good with children, dogs and cats.  If you would like to meet her, fill out an application.  Cinder loves people.  Please lets find her a great home!

 Cinder - Willingboro, New Jersey

 Burlington County Animal Alliance
7 Pioneer Way
Willingboro, NJ 08046
(609) 880-1235
Sue Coculo

  Tonkers is a 6 year old, 15 lb mixed terrier who found himself at NYC Animal Care and Control when his humans (an adult and 2 children) were forced to move into a shelter.  This delightful fellow then found himself on a list to be euthanized.  Instead he is enjoying foster care and awaiting people who will be lucky and careful enough to never, ever, let him down. You can even check out a video of Tonkers  Please lets find him a good home!

Tonkers - New York, NY 

 NY Pet-I-Care inc.
301 East 22nd Street
NYC, NY 10010
Julia at 646-429-8882.

 Casper is a senior West Highland Terrier mix who is in desperate need of a home.  He is just sitting in animal control wishing for a kind family.  Please lets find this little guy a loving home!

Casper A0981220 - Brooklyn, NY

  Animal Care and Control of New York City - Brooklyn
2336 Linden Boulevard
Brooklyn, NY 11208
(212) 788-4000

 William is a poodle mix who could also have been named Wiggles as he wiggles his bottom all the time. Everything interests him and he shows it.  He gets along with other dogs and with kids over 5. William is not looking his best at the moment life on the street was not kind to his fur. But in time, he's going to be a gorgeous little boy. Please lets find him a great home!

William A21224586 - Philadelphia, PA
Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society
100 N. 2nd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

215-298-9680, ext. 16.

Miracle is a beagle mix who is hoping to find a family soon.  Please lets find this guy a good home!

 Miracle A246511 - San Antonio, TX
 San Antonio Animal Care Services
4710 State Highway 151
San Antonio, TX 78227
(210) 207-6644

Rosie is a Beagle/Jack Russell mix. To obtain more information on this sweet dog contact the links below.  Please lets find her a loving home!

 Rosie A270206 - San Antonio, TX

 San Antonio Animal Care Services
4710 State Highway 151
San Antonio, TX 78227
(210) 207-6644

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 Michele, Lauren or leave a comment. Or simply start posting about dogs in need of a home on your blog or facebook page!

Monday, October 14, 2013

Monday Musings

Overall the week was a busy one, and struggled with some dizziness as well. Saturday turned into a surprisingly great day....the rain cleared, went to watch my niece play soccer which lead to a girls day. It was lots of fun.  And then there was Sunday.

For months we had plans to go to a family get together/memorial/dinner. The man has never met many of my relatives as they live all over the country, and it's very difficult to get everyone in the same place at the same time.  So I was really looking forward to introducing him to everyone.  But of course he ranted about having to do something, having to go to a family thing, calling out other family members, how long would it be, etc., and twenty minutes before we were suppose to leave he decided not to go.

Have you ever felt deeply disappointed in someone?  That's how I felt with the man.

He isn't currently working, he spends most his days watching tv.  So when we have nothing to do and he makes a stink about having to go somewhere or how long something might take its hard to understand.  He runs a side website but he has plenty of time now to complete that work . So yesterday when he chose watching tv over doing something that meant a lot to me it felt disappointing.

Luckily it was close by so I just went myself.  But my cousins all showed up with their husbands, wives, girlfriends, boyfriends, etc.. Everyone wanted to know where the man was. What was I to say, he couldn't take a few hours out of his busy day watching tv to come?  Luckily my relatives are some of the nicest people I know and it was easy to get lost in the fun and just enjoy the moment.  

But watching my cousins interact with their partners, seeing their partners mingle with everyone,  laughing, sharing loving moments and enjoying their time together, not to mention all sitting through the short memorial something the man had no interest in having to do.  It made me realize how differently he seems to regard family, love and overall life. And how different his family life was growing up. Sometimes we become a reflection of what we experienced growing up.

All I can say is this. Actions speak louder than words. Words can show you what someone whats to be but actions prove who someone really is. People may not tell you how they feel about you, but they always show you. 

Steven Covey once said that love is verb.  It's an action requiring your involvement and your active participation.  You cannot sit back and expect the world will serve it to you.  You cannot expect that your relationship will continue to provide love while you're not putting in any effort. Love has to be earned and continually fought for.  Love is like a fragile plant it needs to be nurtured.  To come from a place of giving without expecting anything in return.  Love is a condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to our own. 

Suppose those are words of wisdom to ponder this Monday.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Soul Sunday

Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.

Reach high, for stars lie hidden in your soul. Dream deep, for every dream precedes the goal.

But it does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Woof Wednesday

Welcome to Woof Wednesday. Please meet some great dogs from CA, IL, NJ, NY, PA and TX all in need of good, loving homes!

Moby is an adult male Terrier Mix who really needs to find a family.  Please lets help this little guy find a loving home!

Moby  A1279699- Orange, CA

 Orange County Animal Care Center
561 The City Drive South
Orange, CA 92868
(714) 935-6848

Wally is a white, 1 - 2 year old, 20 lb., Westie/Terrier/possible Corgi mix. Such a sad story...their mom lost her house due to foreclosure and brought her 2 dogs into the city shelter. She was crying and the dogs were crying when she left Wally and his brother there (Wally's brother got adopted even sadder that they didn't get kept together). Wally gets along great with other dogs and cats. He's young and has a lot of energy. He loves to run and play with other dogs. He needs a calm, loving environment. He is very affectionate, sweet and adorable. Wally is healthy, housetrained, neutered, current on all vaccines, and micro-chipped.  Contact rescue listed below to obtain adoption application. Please lets find him a great home!

Wally - Los Angeles, CA

Death Row Dogs Rescue 
 (818) 380-1219

Enzo and Dino's are two Jack Russel Terriers whose former owner was trying to make an appointment at the vet's office to have them euthanized because she felt she had too many personal problems and no longer wanted to care for them. Instead, Famous Fido took these 2 bonded male jack Russells, 6yrs and 7yrs, into our rescue today! This loving duo is currently boarding at Famous Fido Rescue and looking for an adopter or foster preferably where they can stay together. Please lets find them a good home!

Dino and Enzo - Chicago, IL

Famous Fido Rescue and Adoption Alliance
5430 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 907-0305

As beautiful and as striking as can be, we are friends through and through.  We have been together for 7 years and prefer if we are the only dogs getting all the attention at home.  As a matter of fact, we prefer no kids, so we get even more attention.  Yes, we know - the world must revolve around us. This rescue has quite a few hounds available for adoption so contact them to find out more. Please lets find these two a loving home!

General and Lady -  Pennsville, NJ
 Tri-State Basset Hound Rescue
Pennsville, NJ 08070

These two sweet  Shar Pei mixes (sisters) who were rescued as puppies need to find a new home.  They are great dogs with good personalities and no medical issues.  Good with children, cats and dogs. Both are housebroken as well. Joe and his family have had to make changes in their lives that does not allow them to keep them in their family, as they resolve their challenges.  They need a home they can go to together.  Please lets find them a great home!

Peanut and sister - Brooklyn, NY

The Brooklyn Animal Foster Network
Brooklyn, NY 11215

 Snowy is a Bichon Frise mix whose owner has a business that is two hours away. The last few years she has been staying near her work several nights a week.  He actually spent two months straight in a kennel this winter. It is not the life she wants for him nor he deserves. Now they are moving and can not take him with them.  They are hoping Snowy can find the wonderful home he deserves.  Snowy is an indoor dog with run of the house, he is housebroken and leash trained.  Snowy can be somewhat shy.  He has "natural vision loss due to aging". Snowy knows the commands "sit" and "down" (for lay down).  Snowy is not possessive of toys, treats, or food and has never shown any aggression. Snowy's hearing is not great. He sees shadows and hears whistling and hand clapping. He gets around our house very well. Sometimes running. He has lots of energy. The vet and kennel can not believe his age. He doesn't want a lot attention. He wants to eat and sleep and go out for plenty of exercise.  He is a sweet dog with a wonderful temperament and needs a calm, quiet home. Please lets find him a good home!

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

Lucky is a Labrador Retriever who is just look for a family call his own. Not a whole lot of information was shared on him but the rescue listed below can provide more details.  Please lets find him a loving home!

Lucky - Grand Prairie, TX

Angel's Rescue of North Texas
PO Box 541656
Grand Prairie, TX 75054-1656

Louis is a one year old Beagle just sitting waiting to find his family at the Humane Society.  Please lets find him a great home!

Louis -   Sheboygan, WI

Sheboygan County Humane Society
3107 North 20th Street 
 Sheboygan, WI 530 
(920) 458-2012

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 Michele, Lauren or leave a comment. Or simply start posting about dogs in need of a home on your blog or facebook page!

Monday, October 7, 2013

Monday Musings

The beginning of Fall has felt like Summer here.  Sunny skies, temperatures in the 80's with some humidity.  Of course nature wants to change that as we have a tornado watch in effect as a cold front approaches.  The fall foliage is only starting to change here but I fear after these storms there may not be any left. 

Whenever I hear tornado watch can't help but feel a little apprehensive. As a kid I experienced a mini tornado.  Before all the land was taken over by cookie cutter big houses, there used to be farms surrounding our area growing up.  It was truly beautiful.  It was that same farmland that as a child I saw a tornado twirling across.

My sister and I were swimming at a neighbors, when suddenly a storm kicked up.  All the kids started running toward home.  The wind was so fierce I swore we were going to be swept up.  All I remember is running as fast as we could, shoes falling off the in the process and looking across the farmland to see a funnel cloud headed our way.  That stormed knocked out power in the area, left homes damaged and scared us kids. 

While we tend to not get the monster tornadoes of the midwest or south, they do appear occasionally.  And when they do this feeling to put anything of sentimental value in the basement always comes over me.  Of course that feeling is second to wanting to protect my little one.  Yes she is the first thought as I put her body harness on, grab leash, keep her close and hope we don't have to run to basement. Somehow that doesn't even seem protective enough. Anyway....

Given the beautiful weather we took a midweek trip to the beach. We usually wait for the off season because the dogs are allowed on the beach. Little one loves the beach. She just wants to lay in the sand, but it was so hot she had to stay on the blanket and in shade of umbrella.  Usually the beach tends to be cooler than inland but it was just as hot.  Everyone was in bikinis and people were actually in the water which is unbelievable for October on the east coast.  It was a gorgeous beach day, dare I say even a little too warm.  And yes I got the man to leave the couch for a day.  :)  

Though our weekend plans for a Mind,Body,Spiritual expo got cancelled.  Which felt a little disappointing because it had been planned months ago. We were suppose to go with his mother but since he is currently giving his mother the silent treatment the plans pretty much became silent too.  It's frustrating as when the man doesn't want to deal with something he pretty much ignores or gives the silent treatment. While I voiced my opinion on how I think it's rather rude and mean to act this way especially toward family for now it is what it is.  Suppose everyone has to learn their own lessons, in their own time and ways.

Saturday I felt bored and restless. Sure it was combination of hormones and disappointment over not going to the expo.  Those are the kinds of days I would like to be able to read a book for hours but the dizziness pretty much makes that impossible.  I could spend all day browsing Barnes and Noble.

Sunday involved cleaning, errands, wash and football.  Of course Revenge was on the menu as well.  This season the show seems to be getting back to the basics which I like. 

Okay need to get some work done even though this rainy day is making it hard to get motivated.  Keep looking at our beach photos wishing we were there.  I dream of having a little cottage overlooking the beach.  To be able to wake up to the sunrise over the Atlantic and fall asleep listening to the sounds of the waves would be divine.  Keep telling myself when I win the lottery. For now I am simply thankful for those moments we get to enjoy the beach!

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Soul Sunday

Life is an opportunity, benefit from it.
Life is beauty, admire it.
Life is a dream, realize it.
Life is a challenge, meet it.
Life is a duty, complete it.
Life is a game, play it.
Life is a promise, fulfill it.
Life is sorrow, overcome it.
Life is a song, sing it.
Life is a struggle, accept it.
Life is a tragedy, confront it.
Life is an adventure, dare it.
Life is luck, make it.
Life is too precious, do not destroy it.
Life is life, fight for it. 

~Mother Teresa

 Sunrise over a summer meadow Lithuania  

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Woof Wednesday

Welcome to Woof Wednesday. Please meet some great dogs from CA, NJ, NY, PA and TX all in need of good, loving homes!
This male mixed terrier doesn't even have a name but he would love to have a home.  He is just sitting in animal control waiting for someone to save him.  Please lets find him a loving home!
A1416035 - Los Angeles, CA
  South Los Angeles Animal Care and Control Center
3612 11th Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90018
(888) 452-7381
 Jack is a adorable and super loving neutered male Jack Russell Terrier who is in need of a loving, home ASAP. This sweet 7 yr old boy was recently rescued out of a high kill shelter where he was placed when his owners were no longer able to care for him. A nice family adopted him but Jack does not get along with their 2 dogs so we need to find him a new home. Jack is house trained, good on a leash - a fenced yard would be great though.  He is up to date with shots and would be great in a home with older kids. This sweet boy loves to stay by your side, he will sit on command, shake hands and give kisses. Please lets find this litttle guy a great home!
Jack - Toms River, NJ
 Shore Animal Volunteer Enterprise
777 Fischer Blvd
Toms River, NJ 08753
(732) 288-2884
 Bosley is a 12 year old Cairn Terrier who was given up by his owner who could no longer care for him. Bosley is a very good dog. He likes to go for short walks and loves to hang out in the backyard. He gets along with other dogs and likes all people. He would make a wonderful companion for any type of family. He is neutered and up to date On all his shots. Please, consider giving this little fellow a second chance at a loving family. Please lets find him a good home!
Bosley - Tenafly, NJ

 Pet ResQ Inc.
24 West Railroad Ave
Tenafly, NJ 07670-1735
(201) 600-6111
Floyd is a Chihuahua/ West Highland Terrier mix.  He is such a good little boy.  He greets  everyone with a friendly reaction and get along great with other dogs.  He absolutely loves to play with toys. He will run to you with a toy in my mouth while trying to talk to you showing how happy he is to be playing. If you throw his toy, I will bring it back to you. He is very curious about everything. He likes to roam around and check things out. He is a good eater, and really needs to gain some weight.  He is working on going to the bathroom outside and doing great. He will use the wee wee pads but mostly he goes outside with the other dogs. He loves being outside and walks great on a leash.  He loves to give kisses and be held. He loves getting a lot of attention as is such an affectionate little boy who would love you and promise to make you smile everyday!  Please lets find him a loving home!

Floyd - North Babylon, NY
Yorkie911 Rescue, Inc.
P.O. Box 2627
North Babylon, NY 11703
(631) 965-6418

Taffy is a Beagle mix around seven years old who was surrendered because her owner was ill and could no longer take care of her. She trained, lots of energy, she is okay with kids over 5, comfortable with other dogs and cats. Please lets find her a great home!

Taffy - Philadelphia, PA
 Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society
100 N. 2nd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
215-298-9680, ext. 16.
 Polar Bear is a Labrador Retriever/ Boxer mix who was taken off of the euthanasia list. So if you adopt him, you are saving not only him but also the dog tomorrow who could use his spot! Please lets find him a good home! 

Polar Bear - Austin, TX

Austin Pets Alive!
1156 West Cesar Chavez
Austin, TX 78703

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 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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