Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Woof Wednesday

This weeks Woof Wednesday is dedicated to Ms Scooch our family's beloved Scottish Terrier who will always hold a special place in all our hearts and souls.

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

Charlie Tuna is a neutered male, black and tan Scottish Terrier mix. The shelter staff thinks he is about 5 years old. He has been at the shelter since January. I am a 3rd chance dog which means I was rescued from a high-kill shelter in the area. I am very sweet and affectionate. I am not happy unless I am licking your face. I love to play with toys and take long walks. I am a very nice little dog and quickly becoming a volunteer favorite. Please lets find him a loving home.

Charlie Tuna  -  San Clemente, CA

Pet Project Foundation 
221 Avenida Fabricante
San Clemente, CA 92672
 Scotty is a young Scottish terrier, possibly mixed with dachshund, but not sure. He is long and thin. He is probably between 6 months and a year old and fully vetted. He is a cute, active little guy. Loves to play with his foster siblings (more than they want to play with him). He is not great around young kids, is ok most of the time, but does not like them to play which makes it tough with little ones.  Please lets find him a great home!
Scotty - Homer, NY
Hubbard's Hounds Dog Rescue
PO Box 113
Homer, NY 13077
 Sadie1 is a 2 year old, pretty, dainty, female, Scottish Terrier. She's on the small side, with more delicate features and build and is a silver brindle/ charcoal color. She resembles the old tyme scotties, like you might see in the old movies, smaller stature and a little taller, but a beauty with an angelic face. Many of you may remember Sadie from last year when her urgent situation was all over facebook and the internet. She was in a NYC shelter and had a bite of unknown origin and no vaccine history, so was going to be euthanized. After difficult negotiations, we were able to secure her release to a certified rabies quarantine facility for 6 months, where we boarded her so she could have a chance at a good life when released.  Well, here it is, 6 months later, and Sadie was cleared to go by the NY dept of health and has already gotten her rabies vaccine!! She's in good health and spirits and has just been spayed! She's just been groomed too, so is feeling tops. Sadie is not that good with other animals, especially larger dogs, but she's sweet, friendly, and loving with people. She has not had a good life prior to this, we were able to find out more about her past while investigating. She wasn't neglected, but just owned by young and irresponsible people who did not take her safety and well being into consideration. She was bitten in the neck in a fight with the other family dog who was trying to breed her and then dumped in a kill shelter to avoid paying for the vet care. Between the shelter and then our group, she got the vet care she needed to heal and bounced right back. You would never even know.  Sadie's idea home would be with someone who will take her for walks, has no other pets, and isn't in a very crowded area, as she will pull and bark when meeting up with other dogs on a leash. We are working with her on this, but it would be easier if her new home was an easy fit. This isn't uncommon for terriers, but we want applicants to be aware of everything we know about her. We will do a better job in selecting a home for her this time. She's a great, pretty, young, lively and energetic girl and will make someone the love of their life.  Please lets find her a good home!
Sadie -Rockaway, NJ
Scottish Terrier Club of Greater New York Rescue
94 Frogtown Rd.
Rockaway, NJ 07866
Eric 973-361-6790
 Nick is a Scottish Terrier mix. There is something endearing about shy guys. They do not clamor for attention and are not the first ones to get noticed but that is okay. Those who take the time to get to know them are always glad they did. That is how we feel about Nick. This handsome and dapper fella is about 2 years old and weighs in at 22 pounds. That makes him the right age and size for lots of fun things, most importantly for being close to you! Nick will need regular grooming to maintain his impeccable good looks and of course that will be good for you too- being seen with a hottie translates to companions. We are hoping that Nick will find a home with gentle people who understand that a traumatic beginning sometimes takes a little time to get over. We hope that these people have laps that need filling and lots of extra love to give. We hope that the shy boy will relax and be himself. We hope that there is a beautiful sunset on the beach and violins playing as the happy family fades into the distance.  Please lets find him a good home!
Nick - West Chester, PA
P.O. Box 866
Downingtown, PA 19335 
  Chandler is a Scottish Terrier a victim of our bad economy. His home was lost to foreclosure, his family forced to move, and instead of taking him with them, they left him locked inside, with a small amount of food and water. After several days of hearing his cries for help, neighbors broke in to the house, to save Chandler, and give him food and water. Afterwards, they continued to feed him, however, his life was delegated to a yard that he continuously got out of; probably looking for his family that abandoned him. After several days of research, his previous family was located, and gave us permission to place Chandler in our rescue program. As you can see from the photos, Chandler didn't have a great life, even when his family was with him. He was constantly tied up outside, left for days at a time, and his coat and skin suffered for it. The tether he was attached to, tightened around his neck, wearing down the hair and causing a rash and skin burns. These photos were taken after his matted, filthy coat was shaved off. There was no other way to properly groom him. Interestingly, after we rescued this wonderful Scottie, all of his fears went away, and he has become a true Scot.  No more worries about where his next meal will come from and no concerns for fresh water. His medical needs have now been met, and he is ready to find his new home. Feeding Chandler a high quality food helped his coat immensely, however, it may never completely return. Nevertheless, Chandler adores attention and being held and petted. So much so, he has some jealousy issues with other dogs. Please lets find him a loving home!
Chandler - Dallas, TX
Scottie Kingdom Rescue, Inc.
P. O. Box 551265
Dallas, TX 75355-1265
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, February 25, 2014

Lifes Mysteries

Life is a mystery to be lived not a problem to be solved.  Oh how many times I have pondered that saying during the difficult moments of life.  In a sense life is about learning to trust in the unseen, but sometimes the mysteries feel overwhelming and leave us with a deep desire to know more.

When we lose those we love the mind tends to really question life, to desire more than ever the answers to the deeper mysteries and questions of life.

Today I woke up with such a sense of sadness. Losing a part of our family who held such a special place in our hearts, especially my mother's hurts deeply. It also leaves a deep seated desire to uncover those mysteries of life we may never have answers to while here on earth. So many questions....

While I feel guilty evening questioning it, in such moments I do question whether there is a God? Where is he? How did he come to be?  Is there a Heaven?  If so where, what does everyone look like and is everyone reunited with those they love?  

Why does God allow bad things to happen here on earth?  It's hard to listen to the news and not wonder this. Why does he allow animals and people to suffer? Why do some people seem to have it all and some have so little?  Is there a purpose to life?  And does God have a purpose for each of us here on earth?

Oh how I want to believe hundred percent in God, Heaven, other realms of existence where only goodness, health and unconditional love exist. I envy those with unbreakable faith, those who never doubt God's existence or their beliefs.  And I hope he forgives me for my skeptical moments.  For the most part my heart and soul do believe in God, but it's the mind that tends to try to rationalize everything often leading to cynicism and skepticism. Especially during the difficult moments of life.  It's hard to trust there is a purpose behind the bad and suffering that occurs on earth.

And then when we lose some one we so desperately want to know they are okay and that we will be reunited with them again one day.  If only we knew for sure we would see them again it would make it just a little easier to accept.

Maybe we will never have the answers to all of life's mysteries while here on earth but I hope God at least sends us signs. God if you are listening I could really use a happy, positive sign or two.

The Bible says ask and you shall receive. Again I hope this to be true, and hope when people truly ask for his help he will be there to help.  Then again maybe he always helps just not in the way we might desire or recognize.

I pray for signs from above that our loved ones are okay, that we will see them all again and be able to feel  their presence with us. I pray for a sense of knowing to all my questions.  I pray for guidance, purpose, enlightenment, happiness, love, faith and most of all hope. I pray for goodness, health and peace for everyone in the world.  I pray that those mysteries of life won't keep us from God but will instead draw us closer to him.

When I gaze up at the stars can't help but believe there is a whole other world out there guiding and watching over us.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Ms Scooch

Ms Scooch came into our lives nine years ago.  My mother, father and I happened to be out together, when we came upon a pet store we decided to go in.  Long behold a little Scottie caught our eyes, well specifically my mother's.  The Scottie watched her as she walked around the store.  She didn't jump, bark or move much just sat watching my mother.

It wasn't long before we had her out of her crate and walking around.  It was love at first sight.  My uncle had been talking about wanting a dog and this idea that she would be perfect for him some how came into the picture.  We decided to think about it, but shortly were back in the store and this time leaving with the little scottie.  When the heart speaks you just listen.

We fell in love with her and named her Maggie. And when it came to giving her to my uncle we were all crushed.  But it was the right thing to do, my uncle fell in love with her too and soon she was traveling every where with him.  Though he renamed her Scooch as he had always liked that name for a dog. They were inseparable and we saw a whole lot more of him too. When he had to go places she could not she stayed with us. 

Only a year later the unimaginable happened.  My uncle was not in good health, well one stormy night he was outside with her and his body gave out.  No one knows for sure what happened that night, and he wasn't found him until the next day.  When they notified my mother she asked about Ms. Scooch they said there was no dog with him. He had no fence on one side of his property but luckily they found her hiding under his wood pile.  It had heavy rained all night so they surmised she had gotten scared and hid there.  Her hip was slightly injured, but she was more impacted by losing him.  My uncle was my mother's best friend so she felt the loss as well.  So Ms. Scooch always made her feel as if a part of him was always with her.

She came back to live with my mother and our family, it took time as she was scared by what had happened and did act out a little by biting.  But with time, lots of compassion, understanding and love she overcame it.   Scooch  was a good little Scottie....she always listened, she loved to play, snuggle and be loved.  She meant so much to everyone in our family.

Back in December she underwent a difficult surgery on her leg but came through it great. In fact the surgeon even said he felt she had a strong heart and had at least four to five great years a head of her.  He said she had a cyst on her paw that needed to be removed but that was it.  Just a few weeks ago she seemed to develop cold like symptoms, my mother thought maybe it was a cold or due to all the very cold weather.  But instead of getting better she seemed to get worse. My mother had a schedule vet appointment but the symptoms became worse so yesterday they saw her on an emergency basis. 

After seeing the cyst on the paw, listening to her breathing the vet said she needed to do x rays.  The look of her face as she stepped back in the room said it all.  Ms Scooch who had never been sick in all of her short nine years had multiple tumors all over her lungs.  The vet said she believed that cyst to be melanoma that had spread to her lungs. The tests results combined with her labored breathing, loss of weight, lack of desire to eat in days and overall worsening state there were no options.

They tried to give various medicines by shot yesterday to ease her suffering but they did little.  She would not take any food nor medicine by mouth.  She could not even lay down or sleep.  She just sat looking desperately at my mother for help.  

So this morning Scooch said her goodbyes and passed on. 

Our entire family is devastated.  The sadness and shock we feel is indescribable.  Never did any of us imagine having to say goodbye to Scooch this soon. She was my mother's best friend, followed her every where she went.  A little terrier who had a big bark and fiercely protected those she loved. 

Why did a sweet little dog who only had unconditional love to give, have to suffer like that or be taken so soon?   Life makes no sense. Suppose it never will. 

But this I transcends space, time and everything we know.  It's the only thing we all take with us.  And one day hopefully we will all be reunited with the ones we love.

We love you with all our hearts Ms Scooch and always will.  May you play, run, eat lots of good food, snuggle and find lots of love in the streams of the rainbow until we can all be together again!

Ms Scooch  11/15/2004 - 2/24/2014

Monday Musings

This Monday life is feeling overwhelming.  Everything about it has felt challenging lately.

This Sunday on top of the bad news from last week, we were informed my parents Scottie has multiple lung tumors and isn't going to make it.  No words could possibly describe how my family is feeling.  She deserves her own post.

Then there's the dizzy spells which have been occurring much more frequently again.  It's interesting as one doctor pointed out they seem to occur more when my body is in a relaxed state. Saw my doctor for a check up but she has been as puzzled as all the other specialists, so we preparing records to send to John Hopkins, hoping they will accept my case. 

 Meanwhile life with the  man feels like that ground hog day movie with the man wanting to spend most him time on couch watching tv, sleeping or on computer. Something just feels off with him since May it seems like his whole demeanor has changed. Thought him being free of all the pain meds would change a lot but he seems even more quiet, tired, distance and moody now. Ever since the seizure it seems to have gotten worse. 

And today I really need to just let out all the pent up feelings.....


Worn out by the week. Sick of the dizzy spells.  The need to be in nature. Frustrated with the man's unpredictable attitude and lack of interest in anything other than sports. Disillusioned with life. A little lonely.  Disappointed by choices made over recent years. Need to make changes but not sure how or what. Upset over little ones diagnosis.  As if the weight of the world is on my shoulders. That I want to throw out every tv in our house as it running sixteen plus hours a day just feels unhealthy. If Spring doesn't come soon we may all go crazy.

Okay so maybe they are not the most positive feelings at the moment, but sometimes we have to let out the negative feelings to make room for the positive.  At least I hope so. 

So I'm wishing, hoping and praying that the universe will shower us with good health, happiness, kindness, prosperity and love soon.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Soul Sunday

Sometimes life can feel like a struggle for the soul.  The difficulties of life overwhelming, yet finding ways to overcome those difficulties is important.  Alvin Soon wrote a great article about just that, which I'm sharing on this soul inspiring Sunday.  The soul can fight the waves of life or learn to ride them.

9 Keys to Overcoming Difficult Times

Lately I’ve had to deal with a lot of changes happening in my personal life. At first, describing them to my friends, I kept calling them endings, but afterwards I began to feel as if it was a process of renewal. There is a Chinese saying that goes ‘if the old doesn’t go, the new cannot come’. Keeping that in mind, I’ve begun to view these difficult events as a shedding of things for me to grow forward, and so I’ve come to call them ‘changes’ instead of ‘endings’.

Difficult as it may, I know a friend who is also going through some tough changes of his own. This post is really for him, because I want to share with him some tools I’ve found to be useful for me in managing my emotional state to navigate through the difficult times. I’m prone to worry and depression myself so I’ve had to learn how to pull myself through, and the beliefs and techniques from NLP and Solutions Focused Brief Therapy have helped tremendously.

1. It is not necessary to understand the cause of the problem to solve it.

Most people believe that it’s essential to know the roots of the problem before they can change. ‘If only I knew why I’m so…I’d be able to change myself’. Unfortunately, this isn’t true. Understanding does not always create change. Solutions are often new elements injected into the existing situation. A belief like this often fosters the ‘paralysis of analysis’, encouraging too much navel gazing that makes people do the exact opposite of the following belief you need to overcome difficult times…

2. Spend only 20% of your time on what’s wrong, and 80% on what’s right.

If you spend 80% of your time focusing on the problem and only 20% on the solution what do you think is going to happen? It’s easy to complain. It’s easy to be a defeatist. You need to make it so it’s even easier to answer the question ‘so what are you doing about it?’

3. No matter what else is happening, you are at least doing one thing right in your life.

No matter how badly you think your life may be going, or how messed up you think you are, there is at least one thing you are doing right in your life or you wouldn’t be alive reading this.

4. Problems aren’t always there!

You may think you’re always depressed, or sad, or down and out…only because you haven’t noticed when you haven’t been. You know when you are…how about when you aren’t? For example, it’s physically impossible to be depressed all the time…notice that next time you really really really need to go to the toilet.
If it’s not possible to be depressed all the time, then it’s also not possible not to be happy all the time.

5. You are more than just your problems.

You are not a depressive. You are not bankrupt. You are not a retrenched worker. You are not a rejected salesman. You are not last place. Let’s not lie, you are responsible for the results you create in your life, sure. But you are not your problems. You are a living breathing human being who is infinitely more complex than even all of your problems added up together.

6. If what you are doing isn’t working, do something, anything, different from what you’ve been doing before!

If you find yourself stuck in a rut, you’re stuck because you’re doing the same things over and over again in that same spot. If you really need a change, just challenge yourself to do one thing differently from before. A little shift already creates a different result, and little shifts build on to create bigger shifts in time.

7. Today is a new day.

The past does not equal the future. The future can be even better than the past, unless you make it worse. You can focus on what’s over and unchangeable and miss making it better here and now, or you can do better. Leave what’s past where it belongs. Create hope for the future. Do that by…

8. Seeing what you want in the future.

Not what you don’t want. What you do want. Since the future’s a blank canvas, you’re free everyday to paint it as you wish. You can choose to paint a bleak picture…but is that a quality choice? If you can see, hear or feel it, you can go to it. Do this as often and as much as you can.

9. What are you grateful for in your life right now?

And finally, the most spiritual and uplifting quality I know of; living the attitude of gratitude. No matter who, where and when you are, the fact that you’re still here, means that you have at least one thing you can be grateful about in your life right now. Not talking about settling for what you have, but acknowledging it, appreciating its’ presence, knowing that there are good things in your life, will help you attract even more.

 Like attracts like. It can happen out there inwards, it can also start immediately inwards out. Your mind makes a difference, and if millionaires can be depressed, and POWs be cheerful, you have enough power to direct your inner state, irrespective of what you think must make you feel any way.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Woof Wednesday

Due to yesterdays news not exactly feeling myself. And my favorite post of the week feels tough. But not writing a post doesn't feel right either. So today is a special Woof Wednesday devoted to West Highland Terriers and mixes who need homes.

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

Willie is a West Highland White Terrier & Glen of Imaal Terrier Mix named after country singer Willie Nelson, one of the most recognized artists in country music history. This dynamic, smart and adorable little terrier is sure to leave a legacy himself! We rescued Willie and his country singer friends from San Bernardino County in early December, and he has already settled himself right into life at TBL. He quickly made himself a large group of friends and bonded with his roommate and best friend Clint, a small Cocker Spaniel mix. Willie is a classic little terrier with a spunky, loyal, clever, alert and affectionate personality. This smart little cookie already knows how to sit on command, and his intelligence will make all further training a breeze! Willie weighs just over 15 pounds, a perfect compact size for most types of living situations. They estimate him to be around a year and a half year of age, and even though he is still quite young, he has a wise and mature aura about him. All in all Willie is a happy and peppy little dude whose tail is always wagging, and you can bet he is sitting patiently waiting for you to come meet him. Please lets find him a loving home!

Willie - San Diego, CA

The Barking Lot Rescue
San Diego, CA 92117 

Lola is West Highland Terrier mix who is super smart and very entertaining. She is not going to be a blob on your couch. A quite lovable dog, Lola wants companionship & interaction. This little sweetheart weighs in at 9 pounds & is approx 1 year old plus no shedding!! As you can see from her foster home photo, Lola LOVES cats and is also wonderful with other dogs! She is crate trained and will let you know when she needs to go outside by scratching at your door. Not recommended for household with toddlers due to high energy level. Lola is affectionate and curious. Please lets find her good home!

Lola -  Griffin, GA
Winging Cat Rescue
Griffin, GA 30223

Snow is a 3 year old West Highland/Maltese mix and sweetheart. He's a friendly, outgoing, adorable and very loving. He is good with other dogs and loves people. Please lets find him a great home!

Snow - Calverton, NY

Precious Pups Rescue
4466 Middle Country Rd,
 Calverton, NY 11933 

James is a 25 lb West Highland Terrier who is just sitting at the shelter hoping for a family and place to call his own.  Please lets find him a loving home!

James 6643660 A22025497 - Philadelphia, PA

 Terrier (Unknown Type, Medium) Dog for adption in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - James
 Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society (PAWS)
100 N. 2nd Street (at Arch)
Philadelphia, PA 19106
215-238-9901 ext: 30

Pearl and Ivie are West Highland Terriers who are sisters and were pulled from close to being put down. We are fine with other dogs and will have to be inside companion due to our size. Here we weigh in at 10 lbs. The humans think we hare west highland terrier mixes with natural tails. We love to be held and know how to use the doggy doors. Being with a family with children that are 12 years and up or a retired couple would suits us. They are fine taking a bath. Please lets find them a loving great home!

Pearl and Ivie - Bonham, TX

All Our Hearts Together
 Bonham, Texas 75418

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, February 18, 2014

My Heart Hurts

There are no words that can possible describe how I feel at the moment.  My best friend, my love and little one who has been there for me through the good and not so good of life has been diagnosed with Westie Lung Disease.

When the vet first came in the room to inform us tears started to well and they have not stopped.  I want to stop crying yet my heart and soul cannot.  To find out the week of her birthday seems to hurt even more.  My emotions feel so raw.  My heart deeply hurts. 

Maybe those without animals in their life cannot comprehend how I could so strongly feel this way.  But to those of us with dogs they are a large part of our lives and families. We don't have kids, Angel is our fur baby. She is the center of our world.  There are so many more places, things and moments I want to experience with her.

Honestly I don't remember life before my little one and sure don't want to ever imagine it without her.  She has helped me through so many difficult moments in life, and been there to celebrate the happiest of ones as well.

But it's these very moments of life that test my faith. 

Keep asking why?  And why does anyone have to suffer?   My Angel has been through so much during her little life, her struggle with severe allergies, skin issues, eye disease and not being able to see.  I put my foot down she does not deserve this or anything else. It's just not fair.  She is so loving and sweet she deserves the best of everything, including health.

She is now being put on steroids, antibiotics and a bronchodilator.  We hope and pray these medicines agree with her as she is so sensitive to everything.  Then it's a wait and see game. 

She needs prayers.  And if anyone who reads this could pray for her I would be so grateful.  There is power in prayer right?  Please tell me there is.  Know I need to have faith but it's hard in these kind of raw moments. 

Please pray for Angel's healing and health.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Monday Musings

It seems talking about snow has become the norm around here on Mondays.  Yet again mid week another major snowstorm moved into the Philadelphia area.  This Nor'easter brought with it over 12 inches of snow. Followed by some more snow on Saturday.  There is no where to put all the snow, and more snow is forecast for tomorrow, then supposedly a warm up is on the way.  Although that means melting of all this snow and potential flooding.  It's a crazy winter that's for sure!

Since we were rather snowed in the man decided to cook us a Filet Mignon dinner for Valentine's day.   We gave our kitchen the ambiance of a romantic restaurant by lighting a lot of candles. The meal was delicious. And he accompanied it with red roses.  Overall a nice way to spend the day.

Saturday we spent it at my family's house to celebrate everyone's birthday, including my brother in law, dad and me.  Yes that's right yet another birthday has come round.  After about the age of 28 I pretty much haven't liked to think about my actual age, so when my birthday does roll around my family jokingly asks "how old are you this year, 28?"  Have I mentioned I'm just not good at accepting things? ha

We all had lots of fun. My niece got some Valentine's gifts so she was happy. We played games, laughed, ate good food and took a lot of photos as well.   Though the man brought his computer which meant he spent a good portion by himself working which kind of hurt my feelings. He runs his own sports handicapping business so he could have easily taken the afternoon off.  Family parties, holidays, celebrations,etc, are just not his thing.  After all he has been through and as he gets older he seems to live in his own little world of sports, tv and his website not wanting to be bothered by anything.  Some days it worries me as just don't think he is seems himself especially after the seizure.  Things have not exactly been easy.

Back to the party though. Luckily I got to spend the day with my niece and family, they really made it a great day. My mother cooked a scrumptious turkey dinner complete with stuffing, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes and more. My niece who is only five got me the best birthday gifts, a silver necklace with two entwined hearts which she informed me was mine and  hers.  And a beautiful lavender, pearl daisy frame with a framed photo of her from Disney World.  She also informed me I was her bff which just about made my day!

Sunday the man recovered from our outing by laying on the couch all day watching tv. ha  After cleaning up the house in the morning I decided to spend the day watching movies, flipping through magazines and relaxing with the little one.  I've been experiencing some terrible dizzy spells lately which has caused me to really limit using the computer, watching tv and reading again it's been extremely frustrating.

For Christmas I got a subscription to Coastal and Southern Living those magazines are helping to get me through this winter. When I can't read at least can browse through the beautiful photos. At heart I'm a beach girl and southern type.  Recently took one of those quizzes that just confirmed I should live in the south.  Think any where warm and coastal would be perfect as my soul always seems to long for the ocean.  Lets just hope Spring gets here soon!

Meanwhile little one is learning to master the snow by jumping on the frozen piles of snow! 

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Soul Sunday

 Since love grows within you, so beauty grows. For love is the beauty of the soul.

True religion is real living; living with all one's soul, with all one's goodness and righteousness.  Living in kindness, gratitude and compassion.  It's living a life of pure, unconditional love. 

The best love is the kind that awakens the soul and makes us reach for more, that plants a fire in our hearts and brings peace to our minds.
Love is in us and all around us.  It simply requires us to open our souls to it's glory and grace.  

Friday, February 14, 2014


Being snowed in on Valentine's Day might not exactly be ideal.  But little one and I made the best of it.  We baked peanut butter dog biscuits for her doggie friends, created homemade valentine's for loved ones and luckily I  shopped early for the man's gifts as we were able to wrap them too.  Then we snuggled and took a photo or two as well.  Even in spite of all the snow we found a way to bask in love and fun.  That's what love is all about those moments that can't be bought or even planned, nor accurately described in words but they are felt deeply within the heart and soul.  Happy Valentine's Day!

Wednesday, February 12, 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!
 Aly is a 1 1/2 yr old, 11 lb terrier mix Look at this cutie. So sweet and loving life and all. Aly lives with children and other dogs and plays very well. She walks well on a leash and behaves during car rides. She has a lot of energy and loves to play.  She is hoping you will come visit her. In the canine heart there is always hope. Please lets find her a loving home!

Aly - Bells Garden, CA

 Miracle Dog Rescue
Bell Gardens, CA 90201
Reyna (323) 383-8883

Champion is a Labrador Retriever sitting at animal services hoping to find a family to call his own.  Please lets find this guy a great home!

Champion - Miami, FL
 Miami Dade Animal Services
7401 NW 74th Street
Miami, FL 33166
(305) 884-1101

Hilton and Paris are adorable 5 year old sisters who are casualties of stupidity and divorce.  Mom split and dad says the kids won't take care of them.  With the exception of the names they have known all their lives they are the best a Chihuahua can be. They are good with children, dogs, cats and even housebroken.  Please lets find this pair a good home they can go to together!

Hilton and Paris - New York, NY

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

Rita  is a poodle mix who was found wandering the street of Philadelphia, looking a little disreputable. Now that she's with PAWS, she's had a bath and a solid meal, and she's starting to look really great. She's still nervous in the shelter, but we're reassuring her daily. She's comfortable with other dogs, and we don't know about cats yet. She is too nervous to live with children. Please lets find her a loving home!

Rita - Philadelphia, PA

 Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society
100 N. 2nd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 238-9901
Pi is a two year old Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen mix. She is as sweet as cherry pie. And Pi is so happy that February is here, because Valentine's Day is her favorite time of year. The month of love is tailor made for her. She wants nothing more than to shower you with affection. And Pi's positive outlook on life is simply contagious. Are you ready for lots of love.  Pi is ready to give it to you. Please lets find her a great home!

Pi - Dallas, TX

Rockwall Pets
2500 Shorecrest Drive
Rockwall, TX 75087-3159
(972) 696-9738

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, February 10, 2014

Monday Musings

So last week I wrote about how a major snowstorm was moving into the Philadelphia area, well we received at least 10 inches and mid week got hit by an ice storm that left over 700,000 homes and businesses without power.  In fact, people are still without power.  Sunday we had about 3 inches more snow. 

Meanwhile they are watching another potential major snowstorm that could be moving in midweek.  Here in Philadelphia whenever they mention Nor'easter it usually means lots of moisture whether it be rain or snow.  And there is already lots of snow still covering everything as the arctic air is making it hard for it to melt.
The power outages have left even grocery stores and malls closed.  Got out on Saturday but the stores were wiped out of many things.  Needless to say the snowy weather has everyone snowed in and wishing for Spring. 

Over the weekend I tried to catch up on errands, clean house, change sheets, did many loads of laundry, organized the office, worked on valentines crafts, tried a new dessert, watched a movie plus the Olympics and spent a lot of time daydreaming about warm weather.

During winter I really miss gardening.  Though I have lots of house plants still miss growing fruits and vegetables.  I've decided to try my hand at creating an indoor herb garden as it would be nice to have fresh herbs to cook with. Just not sure where to start, with seeds or already established plants. So need to research it a little further. 

One thing that has been amazing this winter even with all the snow has been the sunsets.  There have been some beautiful sunsets glistening against the snow. If only every one could stay home in this weather, be able to relax and enjoy the beauty of nature.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Soul Sunday

8 Steps To Invite Miracles Into Your Life

We all want to feel unending enthusiasm and love for life. We all long for miracles. What if they're easier to invoke than you think?  Recently, I watched Marianne Williamson on Oprah and she inspired me to combine some of her teachings with the lessons I've learned about miracles and love in life.

What is a miracle? A miracle is a shift in perspective from fear to love, a naturally occurring expression of love. Here are eight strategies to begin inviting more miracles into your everyday life.

1. Remember that you can't have both a grievance and a miracle.

If you harbor an "attack thought" toward someone, that’s a grievance. That grievance will prevent you from experiencing the wonder of life around you.

2. Ask yourself, "Where am I showing up with unkindness?"
Kindness is the ultimate act of love, toward the self and others. Witnessing, receiving or extending an act of kindness will cause your central nervous system to release serotonin. Acknowledge and then surrender the unkindness within you so that you can embody kindness with ease.

3. Ask yourself, "Who have I not forgiven?"
Grudges, regrets, sorrow, guilt, shame, humiliation these are all grievances, and they often occur because you have yet to forgive. Your mind doesn’t like forgiveness. It often feels unfair. But your heart needs it. The only truth you really need to know is that we each long for the same things: love, worthiness, connection and feeling good. If we can extend compassion, toward the self and others, no matter what, we can receive it. Forgiveness is key to removing the barrier of fear from your heart so that love can rush in, and your miracle can occur.

4. Ask yourself, "What am I not giving?"
The only thing lacking from any given situation is that which you aren't giving. This can be a challenging concept to accept. No doubt, it’s advanced. But when you allow yourself to take a deep breath in the face of a moment of discomfort, and you allow yourself to truly see what's transpiring, you might be surprised at your own role in what's happening around you. Then you're empowered to choose a new reality.

5. Shift the alchemy in your brain.
Pray for the happiness of those who have wronged you. Granted, this isn't easy. But our minds are connected. When you allow yourself to pray for the happiness of those you perceive to have wronged you, you shift the alchemy between yourself and your perceived enemies, and one of two things will happen: They will change their behavior, or you'll cease to care. Or both.

6. Don't be afraid, because fear prevents love from rushing in.
What is it that you're afraid of? Fear? Pain? Rejection? Not belonging? Death? Meditate. Get to know this side of yourself. We all have it. Everyone is afraid of something. The question is, which do you want to dominate your life: fear or love? At all times you're either growing toward love or toward fear. Which one is it for you?

7. Understand that you can learn in one of two ways via joy or pain.
Pain in life is inevitable, yet suffering is optional. When you choose a path of pain, knowingly or unknowingly, it can indeed be a great teacher. But when you choose a path of joy, the lessons sink far deeper and integrate effortlessly. It takes awareness. It requires complete acceptance of self. Kind accountability is mandatory. But then sit back and feel the love. It will come in. Just like when you were a child. The love will rush in and tickle you deep inside. You'll giggle. Learning will become fun again. The path to unconditional happiness becomes yours.

8. Be love. Right now.
We are each living a highly individualized spiritual curriculum designed to help us reach our highest potential. Our greatest opportunity to practice the lesson to help us achieve this state is happening right now. Lay down your arms. Welcome in love. Right now. In this moment. With this breath. And the next. And so forth. Author Rebecca Butler

Saturday, February 8, 2014

S'more Sundae

Being snowed in just about every week will leave one craving all things summer. After this last ice storm we joked about making a camp fire with all the branches that littered the lawn, one in which we could roast some marshmallows. So when I came across this recipe by Melissa d'Arabian on the Food Network it seemed perfect for those stuck indoors this winter.

S'more Sundae

Graham Cracker Crust

3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs (about 5 whole graham crackers)
3 tablespoons butter, melted
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
4 scoops vanilla ice cream
1 1/2 cups mini marshmallows

Quick Chocolate Sauce

1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
2 tablespoons whole milk

For the graham cracker crust: Mix the graham cracker crumbs, butter, sugar, cinnamon and a sprinkle of salt together in a bowl. Firmly press the crust into muffin tins to make individual crusts. Top each crust with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Press the mini marshmallows into the ice cream, covering the scoop completely. You will have 4 s'more domes. Freeze at least 1 hour.

For the quick chocolate sauce: Immediately before serving, heat the broiler to low. Toss the chocolate chips with the milk in a ramekin or small bowl and microwave 30 seconds, stir until smooth and set aside. Place the s'more domes under the broiler until marshmallows brown, about 30 seconds. Watch them constantly as they burn easily. Place each s'more on a plate and drizzle with the chocolate sauce. Four servings.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Womens Heart Day

It's National Wear Red Day, are you wearing red?

Personally speaking this days means a lot as heart disease has affected many in our family tree.  In fact  I myself struggle with heart issues.  In my late twenties I developed palpitations and other unpleasant symptoms.  At first doctors wrote it off thinking I was too young but after extensive testing it showed I not only had a form of tachycardia but a leaking heart valve. To me it either felt like my heart was skipping beats or racing.  Those skips are technically called pac and pvc. So I was put on medication and routinely require echocardiogram to keep a close watch on the valve.

It can be very frightening to experience. To this day I still panic as it feels unpleasant.  What is amazing is how women's hormones can directly affect the heart.  For many the ovulation and pms phase can be a difficult time as symptoms often increase.  And many say that menopause can be cruel as well. Surprisingly most of the testing has been on men, and in recent years they have found there are significant differences in men and women when it comes to heart disease and even treatment.

The fact is: Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, causing 1 in 3 deaths each year. That’s approximately one woman every minute! 

But it doesn’t affect all women alike, and the warning signs for women aren’t the same in men. What’s more these facts only begin to scratch the surface. It affects all ages and there are many factors that affect the heart hormones, stress, diet, exercise, pregnancy, colds, certain diseases, genetics, medicines, smoking and more.

Please take the time to find out more at Facts About Heart Disease in Women    And read the very personal stories of women who have shared their experiences to help others.

And most importantly listen to your body if something doesn't feel right be persistence until doctors listen to you.  All too often women's health ailments get written off as anxiety and stress when in reality many of their symptoms are just different than a mans.

The American Heart Association created Life Simple 7 which are seven factors and behaviors that have the biggest impact on your heart health, both on their own and taken together.  Making positive changes in any one of these areas can make a difference in your health.  The links will provide information on each.
  1. Lose weight/maintain healthy weight 
  2. Eat better 
  3. Get active 
  4. Manage blood pressure 
  5. Reduce blood sugar 
  6. Stop smoking 
  7. Control cholesterol
Here is an assessment test that will help create an action plan toward a healthier life.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Woof Wednesday

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

 Ballet is a Great Pyrenees mix. She is a beautiful girl.  Ballet is a prancer, and a sweet, smart, problem solving dog. She would love anyone, including indoor cats, loves to be with her people, and will climb or jump fences to get to your side if you are not with her. She needs a covered kennel if she will be outside because of this. She likes to watch birds and chase them as they fly away for fun, and loves to play keep away! This sweetheart needs family to spend some quality time with.  Please lets find her a loving home!

Ballet - San Diego, CA

California Labradors Retrievers and More
San Diego, CA 92177

Reese is a Labrador Retriever who is a wonderful girl, but some things just scare her.  She has been lucky because the gentle folks that care for her try to make sure that there is always a mom dog to make her feel a little more secure. She likes to sneak out late at night to take a short stroll down the street, if she is feeling brave. She is a quiet girl who likes to fly below the radar. She would be a steady presence in your home if you take a chance on her. Please lets find her a great home!
Reese - Tampa, FL

 Labrador Retriever Rescue of Florida
PO Box 106 
Lake Helen, FL 32744

 Callie is a sweet 7 year old West Highland Terrier girl that has lived her life in a commercial breeding facility. She came to rescue showing years of neglect and will be having surgery on her ears due years of untreated ear infections. Even with her history she still acts like the true little Westie she is, showing that sassy Westie attitude walking around "arooing" at you not to be ignored . She is working on house training and learning how to be a normal little dog from her foster brothers and sisters. She gets along with other dogs and shares the dog bed with them. She needs a patient home who can work with her to learn proper doggy behaviors. Callie will also need a securely fenced in yard to run around in.  Please lets find her a good home!

 Callie - Omaha, NE

 Wag N Train Terrier Rescue
 Omaha, NE 68114

 Gino is a gorgeous 12-week-old Beagle/Walker Hound mix full of grateful love and kisses. Gino, your little mug has completely melted our hearts.  He is great with all people and animals he meets, and he would make a wonderful family dog. Please lets find him a loving home!
Gino - New York, NY

 Social Tees Animal Rescue Foundation
325 East 5th Street
Manhattan, NY 10003
Phone: 212-614-9653

Gabriella is a small Italian Greyhound mix. After much heartache, Gabriella's owner needs to find his Italian her a new home. He has moved into a smaller home and his other pet has become protective of the space to Gabby's detriment.  She is sweet as can be. Gabby gets along with other dogs of all sizes. Please lets find her a great home!

Gabriella - Philadelphia, PA
PAWS (Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society) 
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Louis Menendez 501-545-0430

  Jacob is a Cockapoo mix who was found on the highway in Waco and brought to the shelter by a good Samaritan. He is so very skinny from his time living the streets and needs some TLC to get to feeling & looking better. Jacob is a loving and gentle boy who likes other dogs and kids and has excellent leash manners. We think Jacob is about 6 years old. Please lets find him a good home!

Jacob - Austin, TX

Cocker Spaniel Rescue of Austin/San Antonio
PO Box 27453
Austin , TX 78755 

Snoopy and Midget are Schnauzer/Yorkshire Terrier Mixes who came from TN together.  They are housebroken and kennel trained. They love to give kisses and cuddle. They love to have lots of toys to keep themselves busy. Both get along well with other dogs and cats. Please lets find then a loving home!

 Snoopy and Midget - Appleton, WI

Chances Animal Rescue
2705 S. Lake Park Rd
Appleton, WI 54915

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, February 3, 2014

Monday Musings

Every Monday feel like I find myself talking about snow, today is no exception as yet again the Philadelphia area is in the midst of a winter storm.  The weather people are predicting  around 8 inches of snow.  Instead of being the light, fluffy variety this storm is bringing with it heavy, wet snow the kind that makes great snowmen but is hard to shovel.  And there are two more possible storms on the horizon, including an ice storm. Which is why last night after the super bowl we watched a show about properties in Hawaii because we needed to see sun and know that warm weather still exists.

Speaking of the Super Bowl is was pretty much of a nightmare especially for the Broncos.  Of course the man happens to be a Broncos fan, and he takes his sports seriously.  Sports is and will always be his first love.  To say he was devastated would be putting it mildly, he went into a major sulk mood early on....barely talked nor moved, did not smile and basically all the great food I made seemed wasted as he barely ate. He is completely over the top when it comes to sports, in fact it's the one thing that gets his emotions flowing.

It was disappointing as the Broncos put on a rather amazing show this season so to see them fall apart like that was hard.  Everyone pretty much thought it would be a close game, so much for that.   Part of me even wonders if Elway/Broncos brought this on themselves when they let Tebow go the way they did, you know a karma of sorts. 

Thought the commercials were some of the best ever.  The Budweiser one with the dog and horse was my favorite.  Followed by the Tebow and Beckham ones. Who doesn't like looking at cute, chiseled men.  Overall I loved how so many of the commercials included animals.  And of course the Puppy Bowl was awesome as well.  The best was seeing all those puppies being adopted!

Overall the week had its ups and downs but got what needed to get accomplished completed.

Back to the snow not only are we snowed in but have lost power as well.  This may just be the most snow storms this area has seen in decades.  Winters here usually see an occasional snow storm but nothing like this.  And without power this little netbook isn't going to be of much use soon.  The man and little one have the right idea they are snuggled on the couch as without power there is no heat so it's going to get cold.  Think I need to join them!

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Soul Sunday

Someday after mastering the winds, the waves, the tides and gravity, we shall harness for God the energies of love, and then, for a second time in the history of the world, man will have discovered fire.  ~Pierre Teilhard de Chardin  

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Super Bowl Snacks

What is a Super Bowl without good food? 

Seems like each season it involves chicken wings of some sort.  So when I came across these finger food recipes on the HGTV website thought they would not only be perfect for a football game but something different as well!

Links to the recipes are posted below each photo. 


Pub Pretzel and Cheese Dip 



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