Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Woof Wednesday

Welcome to Woof Wednesday. Please meet some great dogs from CA, FL NY, PA, SC and TX all in need of good, loving homes!
Dylan is a West Highland Terrier mix. He is a 30lb pure comedian who wears a smile 24/7. He absolutely loves everything and everyone and would be the perfect companion for any human and dog. He is very obedient and as gentle as can be and would do great in an active family (with or without kids) who can match his high energy and provide him with lots of exercise. Fabulous with other canine buddies, Dylan can run and wrestle with the big dogs but treats little dogs with kid gloves; he just wants to play play play to his heart€™s delight! He i€™s undeniably smart and is eager to learn more tricks. He currently knows a few basic commands, is house trained, and does well with group feeding. Dylan is as loyal as they come and his reward for loving him is lots of kisses and snuggles. He might just sneak up behind you when you a€™re not looking and give you a big smooch on the face. Please lets find him a loving home!
Dylan - Beverly Hills, CA
Bill Foundation
PO Box 5202
Beverly Hills, CA 90209

Jenny is sweet Greyhound who has changed quite a bit since entering foster care. She spent several weeks dealing with some extreme anxiety, especially when her foster dad would leave the house. She loves her foster mom, but shes definitely a daddys girl! To help her calm down and learn to adjust to life as a pet, we started Jenny on Prozac. She has improved tremendously and no longer panics or has extreme reactions when out on a walk (except when she sees a cat or the neighbor€™s bulldog apparently she does not like bulldogs at all) She€™s adjusting to her foster dads comings and goings, although she would definitely prefer him to take her with him. Jenny will do best in a home where there are no cats, and where someone is home most of the time and she doesn't have to be confined in a crate, which truly causes her great anxiety. She is a lovely girl who just needs a very understanding family to help her realize that she is finally home. Please lets find her a great home!

Jenny - Tampa, FL
Greyhound Rescue and Adoptions of Tampa Bay
P.O. Box 152407
Tampa, FL 33684-2407
813 - 971-4732

Duke is a Golden/Labrador Retriever mix who has a splendid royal air about him. There is a calm dignity about this mellow boy that has melted the rescues hearts. Through some unjust universal snafu, Duke had become just one more homeless canine statistic on the short list to Oblivion. Turns out that after Duke was rescued from the city streets by Animal Control Officers, he caught a cold in the shelter and was excluded from the adoption program. We discovered this beautiful three year old boy on the euthanasia list while we were tracking down another dog. We were surprised that this magnificent animal could fall through the cracks. So we invited Duke to join our pack. Duke had not impressed shelter staff with his sourpuss over the whole rescue process, so we gave him peace and quiet to unwind at his own pace. Duke warmed up quickly and, as soon as we got him to our vet, we discovered a nasty, painful inner ear infection which was easily treated. As soon as Duke felt better he blossomed into a total lover. Duke appears to be a pretty mix of Golden Retriever and Yellow Lab. He has the lithe, well muscled Lab physique, with the lush, caramel color of the Golden Retriever. Duke's soft, short coat needs minimal grooming, and he does not shed much. Duke would be a great choice for a quiet adult home. He seems to prefer the calm, laid back lifestyle, to one with lots of action and stimulation overload. A bustling family routine with small children would keep Duke on edge, whereas he would be in his glory with an active single or couple, who can give him lots of quality time and affection he deserves. Duke is the consummate companion dog and is completely devoted to his people. He travels well and has good manners with strangers. Duke is a medium energy dog, who needs moderate activity, at least a couple of brisk leash walks a day. Since Duke has a double dose of working Gun Dog DNA, adopters would be wise to provide lots of focused playtime and obedience work to channel his mental and physical energy. Duke has already grasped the basics of the Canine Good Citizenship program, and walks gently and calmly on lead. He has good house manners and is house trained and crate trained. Adopters should have reasonable expectations of a recently neutered male dog, and should be prepared to reinforce good potty habits from the beginning, and to forgive a few accidents that will occur doing Duke's transition to his new home. Duke is in excellent health, and at a lean, healthy weight of 51 pounds. Please lets find him a good home!
Duke - New York, NY
 American Eskimo Dog Rescue
  Denise at 720-903-0636

Gigi is a six month old, 16lb Basset Hound mix.  She would love someone to come pet her floppy ears then maybe even take her home.  Lets find this little puppy a loving home!

Gigi - Philadelphia, PA
 Operation Ava
Philadelphia, PA 19130 

Martha Mae was once a beautiful, sweet girl. She was someone’s doggie. Martha is the tragic example of what happens to animals after they have been dumped and left to fend for themselves on the streets. To think, all of her anguish could have been avoided had someone cared enough not to have thrown her away like garbage. Life has turned her this way… she is so fearful that she constantly trembles and shakes uncontrollably. We haven’t found a way to console her. Her little head is always bowed like she believes that she is doomed. She has the saddest little soul our hearts are broken for her.  Martha Mae has the deck stacked up against her. She is extremely underweight, she is covered in Sarcoptic Mange (which is being treated) and Martha Mae is terrified of the shelter and of all humans. She is also heartworm positive and a black dog in a shelter. Please beg and plead for your friends to help.  We do not want to see this innocent life lost. We are looking for a special foster parent for Martha Mae. She needs someone who is willing to let her slowly come out of her shell, a special person who will understand and be gentle with her fears. She needs a miracle worker. She needs out of the shelter. Please lets find her a great home!

Martha Mae - Georgetown, SC 
 Saint Frances Animal Center
125 North Ridge Street
 Georgetown SC 29440

Lydia is a 6 year old Scottish Terrier who was released to us by a breeder and it was quickly determined she had a urinary infection caused by bladder stones. She has fully recovered from the surgery to remove the bladder stones and is now searching for a very special home to call her own. Lydia has not had much human interaction, and is therefore extremely skittish around humans. Once she gains your trust, she will come to you for love and attention. Meeting strangers, going to the groomer or vet can be stressful for her. Lydia requires a quiet family that is willing to work with her to help her realize what it's like to have a home and be able to run and play, perhaps with another Scottie. Please lets find her a good home!

Lydia - Dallas, TX
Scottie Kingdom Rescue, Inc.
P. O. Box 551265
Dallas, TX 75355

*Note: Parker another Scottish Terrier who had recently been featured on Woof Wednesday had to be put down due to a recent medical crisis. It's sad to think the sweet boy never found a home. More details about his little life can be found on the Scottie Kingdom website. Blessings to him, may he find love and peace.*

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, January 27, 2014

Monday Musings

The weather experts are saying this could be the coldest winter on record, I believe it!   Not exactly fond of winter but this one feels particularly harsh.  There is a constant feeling of being cold. This polar vortex the weather forecasters keep referring to is making it feel as if we live in the arctic.  And the heating bill is reflecting it as well, pretty much blowing the budget.

Of course my little studio/office happens to be the coldest room in the house. Luckily I invested in a vornado space heater early in the season, it actually warms up the room nicely.  Though space heaters do raise the electric bill.  

Motivation is at an all time low, hibernation at an all time high.  Skin tends to be dry and pale yearning for sunshine.  And anyone you encounter seems to be saying the same thing, how they desperately need and want Spring.  

Tuesday we had a major snowstorm as the man's father came into town from Florida.  The snow kept us basically housebound for two days. Even the local malls closed early.  Luckily Friday we were able to get out to run some errands.  By Saturday more snow moved in for the weekend.  Bringing with it more of the Polar Vortex temperatures. We basically spent the day watching the snow fall.  Made a little gingerbread cake too. There is nothing like warm gingerbread cake topped with whip cream and a cup of tea on a cold winter day.  :)

Sunday it was so cold spent much of the day under a warm blanket, watching golf on tv which was being played in LaJolla where it was 70 degrees.  LaJolla a city I miss very much right now.  Back when I lived in San Diego there weren't months of winter blahs, maybe the occasional June gloom. In fact when I lived in Southern California never needed a heavy winter coat.  So this winter I find myself questioning even more than normal whether it's time to move some place warm again. 

Keep dreaming of is sunshine, warm air and ocean breezes.  Even little one would rather be at the beach than have to go outside in this arctic weather.  For now though we will continue trying to stay warm this winter with lots of snuggling.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Soul Sunday

Fall in love with your souls destiny.

How often we search outside of ourselves for some elusive moment, for an experience like someone else is having, for an emotion we would like to feel but aren't, at least not right now.  How often we long to be somewhere other than where we are, or someone other than who we are.  How easy it can be to complain about and regret our past, thinking it's somehow wrong.

The answer is to fall in love....fall in love with our own life.  Our destiny isn't some far off moment or something that happens to someone else.  Our destiny is taking place right now.  It's been happening all along.

Destiny is that mysterious force or energy that magically intertwines with choice, free will and fate.  Let all those elements weave together and create your life.  But know you can help to create it too, by falling in love with your own life.  

Love all the places you have gone and all the place you will go.  Love the imperfections that make life perfect.  Accept what you cannot change or control, change the things you can.  Love the lessons you have learned and the way you have learned them. Most of all, love where you are right now because that's where your destiny lies.  

Today is a new day full of possibilities, open your soul to them. 

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Woof Wednesday

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

Bubbles is a 3 1/2 month Beagle/Pomeranian mix about 16 lbs. She is very active and into everything. She gives lots of kisses and loves to be played with. An active family with kids would be ideal for this little girl to romp with. Another dog is great as well. She has no experience with cats yet but could be trained. She will need everything from scratch including housebreaking, obedience and leash training. She is the biggest of the litter but the middle child born out of three. Her Mom is a Pom mix and on the smaller size but daddy is unknown. Being a puppy she is raring to go and show off her antics to her new family. She brings a lot of laughs and is very funny with all her tricks. Take a look at those soulful eyes and open your hearts and she won't disappoint. Please lets find her a loving home!
Bubbles - Los Angeles, CA

 Heart Bandits
PO Box 4322
 Fresno, CA 93744
Lori 213-200-5158

Maggie is a Labrador Retriever. Things weren't looking so good for her as nobody wanted a fourteen year old, but someone from Lab Rescue decided to take a chance on her and she has stolen the hearts of all who've met her.  She put on some weight since coming in a couple of weeks ago. She is getting her pep back in her step and loves hanging with other dogs. Don't let the old age fool you  most of the vets say she doesn't look a day over eight or nine.  She is a survivor, plain and simple and would love a home to call her own. She is being fostered in the Tampa area.   Her past owners gave up on her. But she says never give up on older sick dogs like she was as they can be healed and live a fulfilling life. Please lets find this precious girl a great home!

Maggie - Tampa, FL

  Labrador Retriever of Florida
PO Box 106 
Lake Helen, FL 32744
877 -522-7352
Bay and Breezy are a Labrador Retriever and Whippet mix and a very special pair of siblings who the rescue went all the way to Nassau, Bahamas to rescue. At the time of their discovery they were 6 weeks old and had already suffered abuse. Bay's right foreleg is paralyzed as a result of blunt force trauma and Breezy has a side hernia, also suspected to have been caused by a hard impact of some type, as well as a tail broken in multiple places. Because of the incredible bond the pair share we have made the decision that these siblings will need to be adopted together. Breezy is very helpful to Bay who is learning how to navigate life without the use of weight bearing foreleg. Their bond is unmistakable.Bay and Breezy continue to thrive. At 4-months-old, they each weigh approximately 17lbs. and are estimated to be around 35lbs. when full grown. Bay has undergone a successful amputation of his right scapula and foreleg, as well as a neuter. Breezy will have surgery to correct her hernia, address her tail and a spay at the end of January. Breezy continues to support Bay. He has recently learn to climb down stairs, though it is a slow and hesitant process. On one attempt, when he had three stairs left, he sat down in frustration and began to cry. Hearing her brother's distress, Breezy bounded up the stairs and put one of her forelegs around Bay in an attempt to help him down. We were astounded. They are silly together, play wrestling for long intervals, then peaceful together, slumbering side by side, often facing one another. Breezy even mimics the rabbit-like hop Bay does in order to get around on only three legs. There is no doubt in our mind that while it will be more of a challenge to find a home for two dogs, we are doing the right thing be not splitting them up. If you have room in your heart and home for two very best friends email us for more information and an adoption application.  Please lets find these special siblings a good home!
Bay and Breezy - New York, NY
 Mr Bones and Company
 1123 Broadway Ste 1123
New York, NY 10011

Bo is a Dachshund/Yorkshire mix adult male.  Operation Ava is a rescue organization in Philadelphia thought their rescues have little information listed about them if you simply contact the organization they can tell you more about Bo and all the other great dogs they have for adoption.  Please lets find this little guy a loving home!
 Bo - Philadelphia, PA

 Operation Ava
 862 N. 3rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19123
 Jefferson is 4 year old West Highland/Schnauzer mix who weighs about 22lbs.  Jefferson's owner became ill and could no longer care for him and his buddies.  Jefferson is such a sweetheart who is finally beginning to blossom, after almost a year at Carolina Poodle Rescue. Though he cannot speak, his actions say a lot about his past. Jefferson was kept outside in a pin for all of his life, with his 4 other buddies. His owner’s did not spend much time with him, he is very unsure of humans, and afraid of what we “might” do. Slowly but surely, Jefferson is learning to trust, and is loving every second of it!  We believe that Jefferson is as social as he is going to get here with us. He spent 2 months in a foster home, and made great progress. He is for the most part house trained, completely crate trained, and walks wonderfully on a leash with someone he trusts. He gets along great with all other dogs and with cats.An ideal home for Jefferson will be with someone who stays home a lot, and who has a lot of patience.  Please lets find him a great home!
 Jefferson - Greer, SC

 Carolina Poodle Rescue
10901 Reidville Road
Greer, SC 29651 

Molly and Ruby are Dachshunds.  Ruby is Molly's mother. This pair are sweetness doubled. They are loving and easy going. They want nothing more than to be in your lap all day, but if you are busy, they are just as happy snuggling together underneath blankets in their beds or just following you around watching what you are up to. They are perfect for whatever mood you are in. If you feel like outdoors and exercise, they absolutely love going for walks and enjoy lazing out in the sunshine. But if the weather is cold and you want to stay in all day, they are just as happy to be lazy with you. They love going for car rides and are calm and happy as clams. They also make good feet warmers in your bed at night, and sleep all night until you get up. They were trained to sleep in their crate at night by their previous foster parents, so that would be fine too. They are very attached to each other, but that is a good thing because they snuggle together and don't need constant attention from their humans, even though they are so loveable and easy to have around, you can't help but spoil them. They are great watchdogs who can hear someone or something a mile away, but are friendly to all once they meet them.  Please lets find these sweethearts a good home!

Molly and Ruby - Austin, TX
 Central Texas Dachshund Rescue
7301 RR 620 N
Ste 155 #136
Austin, TX 78726
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!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Snow and More Snow

Yet again a major snowstorm has set its sights on Philadelphia.  Predicted snowfalls vary from 6-14 inches with many suggesting we could be in the storms sweet spot.  When you have no where to go it's beautiful to watch.  Even walks in the snow feel so magical.

Although the man's father is arriving from Florida, which means all three of us will now be snowed in for the next two days. So much for the men going out and getting a day to myself.

Both our cars are low to the ground, took mine to pick up his father and thought we were going to get stuck on the back roads.  It was hard to even get back in the driveway. The visibility was poor and the roads were a mess. No one knows how to drive in snow, let alone clean off their cars which makes it worse.  They are warning people to stay home and off the roads.  Between the snow, wind and single digit temperatures its a true winter storm.

My sister has the right idea her family goes sledding with friends and play in the snow.  Sledding would be perfect but there's no spot close to here without having to drive.  So it's up to little one and I to create our own fun!

We captured a few snow images on our adventures outdoors. Guess all I can say is let it snow!

Monday, January 20, 2014

Monday Musings

The weekend was busy.  Today involved a lot of errands, including food shopping.  Having to food shop with a major winter snow storm approaching is a crazy experience.  Everyone seems to panic thinking they will be stuck in their houses for days or something.  Bread and milk fly off shelves.  We on the other ran out of food, should have done our shopping last week but kept putting it off.  While everyone had small snow storm type orders we had two carts full of food, people in line seemed to cringe when they saw that.

The parking lot was so crowded that someone decided to park in the spot where carts are stored.  And of course people didn't take well to that, let's just say when the person comes out they will be surprised at all the carts piled behind their suv.  It's Philly what do they expect? lol

Friday involved a visit from the man's mother.  Felt apprehensive as when these two get together there is a palpable tension.  Over the years his mother has become a very spiritual person.  But the man is rather closed off to such things which seems to only add more tension.

With all the health issues she thought it might help to see a spiritual healer.  So Friday we drove about a hour to visit a British man who travels the country doing healings.  He believes it's not him who heals, but through energy and prayer God heals.  So he lays his hands on the body in various places going in a meditative like state.  And he has a prayer book with names that he prays on each day. There have been plenty of success stories surrounding this man.  If anyone would like to read more about him google Malcolm Smith healer.

Felt a little nervous but when you have suffered from dizziness as long as I have you will pretty much try anything, especially when offered for free.  He says results usually are felt within 3-7 days and if one doesn't feel results then another session probably won't help. If results are felt he suggests 3 more sessions. Given the dizzy spells have increased in frequency recently thought it would be good time to give it a try.  So far haven't noticed much but still holding out hope. 

Before his mother left on Saturday she wanted to talk to him. Outside of sports the man is not an easy one to engage in any kind of meaningful conversation.  So basically an argument ensued, his mother left in tears and I felt sad for both of them. This week the man's father is coming to visit. Never know what to expect with his family so it should be interesting. Honestly I'm just not in the mood to entertain anyone still feeling the winter blahs.

Wish his whole family could sit down and hash things out because life is too short to harbor negativity. No matter what age parents divorce it can leave a bitter divide in families and hurt everyone in different ways.  If only people could put aside their selfish, stubborn and close minded ways to help each other.

Sunday was all about football. The Broncos took over for the day, and thankfully they won!  Yes they are officially headed to the Superbowl.  The man is happy.

As for myself this Monday well I just need a real vacation.  It's funny how the stresses of life and cold weather can simply burn you out sometimes.  Leaving you feeling blah, exhausted, unmotivated and craving to just lay on a beach with your dog for a week.  Did I mention my little one loves the beach too?  :)

For now we are doing a lot of snuggling under some warm blankets!

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Soul Sunday

What goes around, comes around.  
Keep your circle positive. 
Say good words.
Think good thoughts. 
Do good deeds.

 Every thought we put into the world affects it. 
Be grateful.
Act with love.
Check your motives.
Watch your attitude.

Love and kindness are never wasted.  
They always make a difference.  
What you give, you shall receive.
Think before you act.

If your soul doesn't feel happy,
If your finding it hard to be positive
Faith it, until you feel it.
Fake it, until you make it. 
Dwell in possibility.

Remember you are free,
 To reinvent yourself daily. 
Life is short,
Be your best.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Woof Wednesday

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

 Henry is a Maltese/ West Highland Terrier mix. This adorable boy lost his home and he is looking for his "forever home" As you can see he is quite the cuddle bug and would love to be a part of your family. Hurry in to meet him. Please lets find him a loving home!

Henry -  Canoga Park, CA

Pet Adoption Fund
7507 Deering Ave
Canoga Park, CA 91303
 (818) 340-1687

This small baby poodle doesn't have a name let alone a family to call her own.  Contact shelter to find out more. Please lets find her a great home!

A1434733 - Los Angeles, CA

City of Los Angeles South LA Animal Shelter
1850 W. 60th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90047 US

 Teddy is an eight year old Spinone Italiano (Italian Pointer) mix. He is house broken and well behaved, and knows basic commands. Teddy is very gentle, laid back, and sweet. He likes hanging out inside with his humans, lying outside in sun, and going on walks. He is a healthy, lovable boy who is easy to have around, loving, and loyal. His owner has to move to an assisted living facility and is anxious to find a new home for him. At present Teddy does not live with any other dogs but is very friendly to dogs he meets on walks, so we think he'd do fine with other dogs in his new home. We do not know how he is with cats since he hasn't been around them, but we would be happy to test him. Teddy is neutered and up to date on shots. He weighs about 60 lbs. For more information, please email Teddy is an eight year old Spinone Italiano (Italian Pointer) mix. He is house broken and well behaved, and knows basic commands. Teddy is very gentle, laid back, and sweet. He likes hanging out inside with his humans, lying outside in sun, and going on walks. He is a healthy, lovable boy who is easy to have around, loving, and loyal. His owner has to move to an assisted living facility and is anxious to find a new home for him. At present Teddy does not live with any other dogs but is very friendly to dogs he meets on walks, so we think he'd do fine with other dogs in his new home. We do not know how he is with cats since he hasn't been around them, but we would be happy to test him. Teddy is neutered and up to date on shots. He weighs about 60 lbs.  Please lets find him a good home!

Teddy -  Gainesville, FL


Plenty of Pit Bulls 
Gainesville, FL 32601

 Our Winston is a Beagle/ Labrador Retriever mix!  He is a puppy who weighs about 51 pounds, this ten month old boy seems as though he has not yet grown into his feet. He may have a bit more growing to do.
Winston was found lounging about a Good Samaritan's yard, making himself quite at home. He was brought to the city pound as a stray, and, immediately, was put on a 10 day stray hold, while shelter staff searched out his owners. Nobody claimed Winston, and by this time he had come down with Kennel Cough, and was excluded from the Shelter adoption program. We were pleased to have Winston join us, and he has been a lot of fun to foster.He has the lab shaped head, with slight jowls, but his yellowish two tone coloring and markings suggest the Lemon Beagle or Coonhound. As a mix of gun dog breeds, Winston is an energetic dog who needs a good deal of exercise and outdoor playtime. Winston would be a good family dog for active folks, with older, dog savvy kids, who are all game for the rigors of raising an energetic puppy. Winston has had no formal obedience work, but is responding nicely to the basics of Canine Good Citizenship that we have started in foster care. A solid obedience regimen and plenty of exercise are key to developing good behavior in this working breed dog.  Winston could also join the home of an active single or couple, who enjoy the challenge of puppy training. He would make a natural walking, running or hiking companion, and would be a blast to have along on camping or canoe trips. He could also join a multi-dog home, since his puppy mojo seeks out other dogs in play. He is a sociable boy, who loves to play, but we have not observed him around cats. He may be tempted to chase them for sport. Winston has good house manners and is house trained and crate trained. He has been recently neutered, so adopters should expect a few marking incidents during his transition to a new home. Winston has been vaccinated for rabies, parvo, distemper and bordatella. he has been microchipped and de-wormed and has tested negative for heartworm, lyme, earlichia and anaplasmosis.  He is ready to find his forever family.  Please lets find him a loving home!

Winston- New York, NY

Eskies Online American Eskimo Dog Rescue720-903-0636
 Muffin is a Border Collie mix is a sweet lady! This quiet girl had a rough and scary time after her person died, but with some TLC she's put on weight and is doing well. Please lets find her a great home!

Muffin - Philadelphia, PA
Morris Animal Refuge
 1242 Lombard Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147
 (215) 735-9570

Parker is a Scottish Terrier has been diagnosed with Masticatory Muscle Myositis (MMM) and dry eye that requires daily medication in both eyes. His MMM diagnosis, in the simplest of terms, means his immune system recognizes certain proteins in his jaw muscles and considers them foreign. Parker has significant muscle loss on one side of his jaw, yet is able to eat dry kibble without any problem.  We do consider Parker available for adoption, as long as his new home realizes he will have ongoing medical needs. Parker found himself in animal control where he was quickly adopted by a family that had no experience with Scottish Terriers. His new home lasted less than 5 days before he was surrendered to us, when they found out what we tell families all of the time... Scotties don't automatically like every dog they meet. This is why we insist on meet and greets with your current pets, so we can be assured of a good match for the family and the dogs. Parker has a gorgeous black/gold brindle coat. He is friendly with all humans, rather active, may get along with other dogs his own size, however, he detests larger breed dogs. Because of this, Parker will do best as an only pet. We estimate Parker's age at 9 years. Come visit this handsome boy.  Please lets find him a good home!

Parker - Dallas, TX

Scottie Kingdom Rescue
P. O. Box 551265
Dallas, TX 75355

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, January 13, 2014

Monday Musings

Wish I could say the weather improved but this weekend Philly was besieged by heavy rain and wind, which actually started off as freezing rain. The lawn has been replaced with mud. Talk about Winter blahs!

The weekend consisted of football playoffs, since my favorite teams weren't playing it wasn't as exciting but still fun.  The man's Broncos won so he is happy, and anxiously awaiting the next game.  Truly his first passion and priority in life is sports.

Ran some errands during the week, and picked up some cute bargains from Old Navy.  Found cute baseball raglan style sweaters for $15 that were originally $30 and tanks for $5 originally $12.50.  What's interesting is the prices of items on Old Navy website are often times marked higher in price than in the store.  Though the website offers a lot more discount offers.  Keep saying I'm going to post some of these great finds yet any kind of fashion post always seems to take a backseat.

For some reason the dizzy spells have seemed to increase again.  As to why is the baffling part.  Though I do think any kind of emotional or physical upset can make it worse.  Even the whole root canal seemed to unbalance things.  Trying to watch tv brought one on Friday, which lead to me making ginger tea and when I went to the food storage cabinets in back discovered the area leading to basement smelled like gas. The gas company came out at eleven only to discover the fuel line to our heating was leaking gas. It's crazy because normally I would not have gone back there at that time of night.  Heater had to be shut off until someone could come out to fix in Saturday.

Meanwhile feelings of disappointment still linger over lack of Christmas card. Have a tendency to imagine all these great things the man might surprise me with, when they don't happen disappointment sets in.  Honestly don't ask for much just that he put the same passion and priority he puts into his sports into our relationship.  You can tell someone how you feel but it doesn't mean they understand nor can relate to those feelings.  Which brings me to a quote I like  "blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed.."  So true! 

Things haven't exactly been easy since the seizure.  After more testing he just found out he has multiple compression fractures of his back all caused from the force of the seizure. He had complained of back pain and few other serious symptoms since it happened, turns out first doctor misread xray and missed the back fractures. The second doctor said it was clearly evident just by looking at the original chest x ray.  That's on top of the fractured shoulder, which had also been missed on x ray the first time.  Hence why one should always get second opinions and even third. It's really scary the power seizures have within them.  He still has more doctors and testing ahead. 

Oh and little one decided she isn't ready to retire just yet.  After a walk to see her suitors, a white maltese named Luigi and Yorkshire Terrier named Bo she came home ready to play wiffle ball again.  Wiffle ball has always been her favorite thing to do, and she chooses wiffle balls over any toy.  Though she does like to snuggle too which is a favorite of mine as well.  Those moments are what life is all about.

In fact , this weekend homemade mac n cheese, playoff football and snuggling on the couch took priority. 

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Soul Sunday

There is a universe outside your door, waiting to touch you, soothe you, heal you.  There is an entire world out there waiting to help you open your heart and nurture your soul.  The universe wants to teach you things, show you things, help you come more alive than you have ever been before. 

Let the universe help you. Tell the universe what you desire. Be clear and forthright about what you need and want. Then simply let go.

Open your eyes, open your senses, open your heart.  Walk out your door, look around.  You'll be shown.  You'll be guided. Your heart will lead you to what you need.  Listen, look, feel. You are connected to the universe. 

What you are guided to do, where you are guided to go, where your attention is directed, the people you meet, the phone calls you receive, the experiences you have, even the problems that arise....these are some ways the universe can respond to you. 

You are connected to a magical loving universe, one that will come alive for you in ways you cannot imagine. Let the universe bring you all the healing you need.  Let the universe bring you alive.  Awaken to the world around you, and you'll awaken to yourself. 

Sometimes the most gentle, quiet, flickering thought....the glimmer of an idea, the awareness of a need or desire, o that small bit of inspiration or how the universe prepares us for what it wants us to do or receive. Our inner voice, the one in our hearts, is an important part of the way we are guided and led down our path. 

  Awaken your soul to the world around you.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Pets Are People Too

Mommy saw this link up and asked if I wanted to participate.  Of course what dog wouldn't want to share their thoughts with the world.  Did I mention the word dog is not exactly my favorite.  Little One, Mama, Sweet Pie, Baby Girl, Wheatie, Pumpkin Pie, my mommy has all sorts of cute nicknames for me because she knows I'm more than just a dog.  Mommy pretty much thinks of me as her baby, that's fine with me as I consider myself a mini human.

Though as a mini human don't understand why I still have to do my business outside. Seriously the temperatures have been below freezing here.  Who wants to have to go outside in arctic temperatures let alone have to do their business out there?  Welcome to my world.  Though I sleep in bed with my mommy and daddy, eat home cooked meals, even wear clothes, yet still have to do my business outside. 

And on top of the arctic air it snowed.  Not just a few inches either, we are talking 10 inches of snow.  My legs aren't even ten inches long.  When I was a puppy I used to charge through the snow barking at the snowballs made with my paws, often getting stuck and lost amongst the whiteness.

Even though I'm older and wiser now, I'm still small so look to mommy to shovel paths in the snow for me.  Of course while she is shoveling those paths I do my best to navigate through the snow and if I get stuck she is there to pick me up.  Though still don't understand why I can't just do my business inside like everyone else. If you think I should be allowed leave a comment telling mommy so.  Maybe if she gets enough comments saying yes she could buy me one of those fake grass potty patches for inside the house.  :)

Here's me during my recent snow adventures.  Thanks for letting me share my thoughts.

Linking up with Jade & Karly for Pets Are People Too Linkup

 Jade and Oak

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

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!

Ginger is a 9 year old Cocker Spaniel. She loves to be spoiled and has a touch of separation anxiety for fear of being abandoned again. She can talk and howl with the best of them. Her ears and skin have allergies so special food and medication will need to given and maintained for her lifespan so she can be comfortable, its not expensive. She prefers to be the only dog as she doesn't like to share and gets jealous. She can cohabitate with fellow dogs peacefully but doesn't like anybody crowding her space or taking her attention. She has a cataract in one of her eyes but her other is still in good. She is very loyal and will love her family with all her heart! She is an indoor dog and prefers to sleep with her human or on her own doggie bed on the floor. Her previous family didn't care about her so they just threw her away without looking back. Open your home and hearts to her she won't let you down. Go to their website fill their adoption information than email to Lori. Please lets find her a loving home!

Ginger - Los Angeles, CA

Rusty is an 8 year old Cairn and West Highland Terrier mix, adopted from ARF as a puppy. The owner's new young children are allergic, so he was returned to us. He is very sweet, likes other dogs. Is fine with kids.  He weighs about 12 pounds. He has diabetes which is controlled by pills, though the meds are costly about $80 a month. He is house trained. Please lets find him a great home!

Rusty - Englishtown, NJ

 Rusty - Englishtown, NJ 
Animal Rescue Force

 Tabitha and Esmeralda are a magical little pair of Chihuahuas. These two enchanting ladies are quiet, very calm, and amazingly loving. They adore sitting in your lap and giving dainty kisses while you stroke their soft fur. Tabitha is a little taller and thinner while Esmeralda is lower to the ground and on the very chunky side  she needs to lose some weight. They were originally rescued from a puppy mill a few years ago where they were used to breed and then abandoned. They were not properly cared for but they continue to give as much love as a tiny dog could offer they love everyone they meet and just want to be loved back. Both are good with most other dogs, cats and kids, and they are working on their housebreaking skills. These two must be adopted together, they are a bonded pair.  Please lets find them a good home!

Tabitha and Esmeralda - New York, NY

 Social Tees Animal Rescue

Harley is an adorable beagle, probably pure bred. He is 9 months old, only about 18 pounds. He is neutered and heart worm negative. He'll grow a bit more but not much.  He was surrendered by his owner because he was not a good hunting dog. That means he would make a great pet! He does not have a hunting instinct and is very quiet for a hound dog.  Harley loves other dogs, but needs some time to warm up to two legged friends. However, once he's comfortable, he is very sweet and endearing. As with most beagles he would make a great companion and family pet, especially in a home with children.  Please lets find him a loving home!

Harley - Philadelphia, PA
 The Rescue Express

Thriller is a 2 month old Labrador Retriever and Basset Hound mix who is about 7 lbs.  He has been neutered. To learn more about this little guy please contact he SPCA of Dallas. Please lets find him a great home!

Thriller - Dallas, TX

SPCA Dallas, TX

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, January 6, 2014

Monday Musings

Weather in Philly has been crazy....10 inches of snow, day of sleet, heavy rain today followed by arctic air that will be bringing with it wind chills as low as -15. We are going from a high of 55 this morning to a low of 4.  Haven't seen such cold weather in over a decade. Can't even imagine what the heat bill is going to cost.

Friday everything was ice and snow covered making it hard to get around.  That's the day the root canal was scheduled.  Luckily my father had off and has a suv which makes getting around in a snow a little easier so he volunteered to come over and pick me up.  Meanwhile the root canal was worse than I imagined, if that's possible. Talk about that another day.

The weekend was pretty much all about football.  Saturday was the most important day as the Eagles played.  Philadelphia was filled with excitement.  It was nice to see Foles in the quarterback position. Disappointed they lost but they played well considering it was Kellys first year as coach.  Feel so strongly about animals that gave up watching and protested the Eagles when Vick was hired. Luckily things happened which eventually lead to Foles taking over. So I could be an Eagles fan once again.  But that doesn't mean I have given up on Matty Ryan either still like the Falcons as well.  :)

Sunday the ice left us skating around. Trying to get down our steps was scary even the railing was covered in ice.  Angel was slipping all over had to try to hold her coat and balance us both.

New Years was low key.  We stayed in and watched basketball, followed by the ball dropping in New York.  Baked some cinnabons, and tried a new recipe pork roast stuffed with ham and swiss cheese. The cynical man doesn't get why our world makes such a big deal about new years he sees it as just another day.  He basically went to bed, the man is not exactly oozing of fun. Think the new medicine is making his moods worse.  Actually felt a little jealous watching Jenny kissing her man Donnie in Times Square while my party pooper was wrapped in covers. haha  It was a c'mon man moment if you watch espn you'll know what I mean.

Exactly why I'm thinking my New Year word needs to be fun or happiness. Feel like I need more of both in my life.  When you find yourself living vicariously through others on social media or dreaming of doing fun stuff with celebrities in your dreams you know you need more fun.  Key is finding fun that doesn't cost a lot, as our budget is tight which honestly makes it hard to do some of the fun stuff we would like to do or used to do. We have not been on a real vacation in at least five years.  Fun is a lot easier to create when you have money to play with.  Feeling like a road trip or something!

Know it's only the beginning of January but I think all this cold weather and lack of sun has brought on the winter blues.  The lack of motivation that occurs this time of year is hard to describe, and completely understand why bears go into hibernation.  While I miss living in California it's still too far away from family to want to move back, yet do think I would be better suited to living in a warm climate.  Maybe Florida, but could I handle the crazy humidity and bugs of the south? 

Then again playing in the snow can be fun especially when you have a special little one to share it with.  Though we both would love it more if it was just a little warmer.  :)

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Soul Sunday

As we head into a new year people often make resolutions or create lists of positive changes they would like to make. Every change though must begin within, especially in regards to thoughts. There are certain ways of thinking that can hold us back and keep us from making those positive changes.

If we maintain obsolete values and beliefs, a fragmented consciousness and self centered spirit, we will continue to hold onto outdated goals and behaviors. To move forward the soul must change it's way of thinking and leave those thoughts behind.

Here are 10 thoughts to leave in the past.

“I don’t have a choice.” You write your own destiny through the choices you make. You become what you repeatedly do. It is more important to know where you are going and why, than to get there quickly. Do not mistake activity for achievement. Every time you are tempted to react to the same old circumstances in the same old way, ask yourself, “Do I want to be a prisoner of the past, or a pioneer of the future?”

“Life is easy.” Life is not easy, it is difficult. That’s the greatest truth there is. It’s great because once you understand and accept this truth, you can move forward with your life. Once you thoroughly know in your heart and mind that life is difficult, then life gets a lot easier to deal with. Because once difficulty is accepted as a foundation, it no longer surprises you or stops you from building a lifestyle that rises above it.

“The way it is now is the way it will always be.” Don’t confuse your path with your destination. Just because it’s stormy now, doesn’t mean you aren’t headed for sunshine. And remember, you cannot heal a lifetime of pain overnight;be patient with yourself, it takes as long as it takes, but your happiness is worth the wait.

“The sky is falling.” When everything in your life is coming together, you can hold on to the belief that ‘everything happens for a reason’ with frivolous ease. But when everything’s falling apart – your relationships, your health, your finances, etc., it takes tremendous effort to wrap your mind and heart around that belief and hold onto it for dear life. Yet you must. For in that belief lies your hope, your courage, and your strength to move forward.

“Everyone else is doing better than me.” Do not feed your insecurities, or they will consume you. Sometimes the reason we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind-the-scenes circumstances with everyone else’s public highlight reel. We listen to the noise of the world, instead of ourselves. So stop the comparisons; listen to your own inner voice and your own soul.

“That’s unrealistic.” To be successful, you have to be a little unrealistic. You have to believe that something totally different than what has happened for an eternity can happen. Think about it. Being realistic doesn’t change anything; being unrealistic does. Doesn’t it seem a bit unrealistic to be able to walk into a dark space, hit a switch, and instantly fill the entire space with light? Fortunately Thomas Edison didn’t think so.

“I wish.” The best thing you can do for yourself is to stop saying “I wish,”start saying saying I will and then go do something about it. The world isn’t going to dominate itself. You just have to wake up one morning and decide that you don’t want to feel like this anymore, ever again. And then make a change, just like that.

“It’s too late.” Believing it’s too late is the end of your journey; believing in yourself is an endless destination. Trust yourself. Break the rules. Don’t be afraid to fail. Ignore those who doubt you. Work your butt off. And be sure to give something back before you’re done.

“I can’t.” Nobody is going to blindside you and hit you as hard as life will. Sometimes life will beat you to the ground, and keep you there if you let it. But it’s not about how hard life can hit you; it’s about how hard you can be hit while continuing to move forward. That’s what true strength is. And that’s what winning the game of life is all about.

“This situation couldn’t get any worse.” Nothing is good or bad, as thinking makes it so. Be determined to be cheerful and happy in whatever situation you may find yourself. For you will eventually learn that the greater part of your happiness or unhappiness is determined not by your specific circumstances, but by your disposition and perspective.  

 Marc Chernoff 1,000 Things

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