Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Woof Wednesday


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

Harry is a handsome and distinguished gentleman, a West Highland Terrier.  He is a young adult and is calm, sweet and eager to please.  Harry loves to be with people and prefers a home where people are around.   Harry is good with other dogs and mostly ignores them as he prefers people.  Harry loves to take walks, will get silly with a toy or ball if you want to play and mostly is happy just to hang out with you and take naps by your side. Harry will make some lucky person a great companion.  He's a terrific dog. Please lets find him a loving home!
 
Harry -  Studio City, CA
 
 
Bark Avenue Foundation
3940 Laurel Canyon, Suite 1506
Studio City, CA 91604
 Jennifer at parker-j@pacbell.net
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 Gunter is an adorable Hound/Lab mix puppy.  His mother was a Bluetick Coonhound.  This breed is friendly and mild mannered but an energetic hound dog of medium to large size (45-80 lbs when fully grown).  They are a very intelligent and make good companion dogs.  Coonhounds are scent dogs and have a tendency to follow their noses.  A home with a big fenced in yard is recommended. Please lets find him a great home!

Gunter - Fayetteville,GA

 
 Fayette Humane Society
P.O. Box 244
Fayetteville, GA 30214
(770) 487-1073
info@fayettehumane.org
http://www.fayettehumane.org
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Chloe is an adorable Greyhound at only about 55 pounds. She's very friendly with a gentle face and eyes. She gets along wonderfully with our other grey. They respect each other’s space. There is no food aggression at all. She has learned to play with squeaky toys and loves to chew on her bones. We have introduced her to cats and she is fine with them. She loves to run in the yard and chase squirrels up trees and mingle along the fence with the neighbor’s dogs. She loves to cuddle with us and shows great affection. She runs and plays happily… especially in the rain.  Please lets find her a good home!
 
Chloe - Cherry Hill, NJ
 
 Greyhound Friends of NJ, Inc.
PO BOX 4416
Cherry Hill, NJ 08034-0669
(732) 356-4370
info@greyhoundfriendsnj.org
http://www.greyhoundfriendsnj.org
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Nala is a gentle, quiet little girl full of hope and warmth. And she's stunning! This beautiful Chihuahua/Dachshund has a golden coat with honey colored eyes and the most adorable big ears -- one sticks up and the other flops down. She's shy in the beginning but it's easy to see how eager she is to relax and give you the love that's bursting out of her. Nala is only a year old and about 10 pounds but could lose a little weight. She's good with other dogs, cats, and everyone she meets. Please lets find her loving home!

Nala - New York, NY

 Social Tees Animal Rescue
325 East 5th Street
New York, NY 10003
(212) 614-9653
robert@socialtees.com
http://www.socialteesnyc.org
____________________________________________

 Big Ben is an 8-10 year old Yellow Lab who was surrendered to the shelter because he was having some mobility issues. Luckily, he was rescued by City of Elderly Love and was able to see our vet! As it turns out, Ben has some weakness in his hips and back, as well as arthritis, typical for a larger, older dog. Ben is now on some appropriate anti inflammatories and gets a pain shot once a month that is inexpensive, which work wonders for him! Ben is currently in foster care where he loves going on daily walks,snuggling with his foster mom and laying around in the sun on their outdoor patio. Ben especially loves to play fetch. He carries his toys around like treasures even on walks. There's so much personality in this big guy. He rides well in the car and is a good boy when visiting the vet. Ben doesn't seem to mind other dogs and would do best in a home with other older, low key dogs like himself.  Ben would do best in a first floor apartment or in a home with few stairs, as he can only manage a few at a time due to his arthritis. He doesn't require much daily exercise, but does love his walks. He will need to continue is pain-management regiment. Ben would do best in a home with older children, those who know that he's past his roughhousing days and who won't mess with his back legs much, as sometimes they are still achy. Ben is current on vaccinations and will be neutered and micro chipped before going to his forever home. Please consider giving this special, sweet guy the retirement home of his dreams. Please lets find him a great home!

Ben - Philadelphia, PA

 
City of Elderly Love
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Cait is a 7 year old Wheaten/Scottish Terrier mix girl. She adores being petted and receiving lots of love and attention. Please lets find her a good home!

Cait - Dallas, TX


 Scottie Kingdom Rescue, Inc.
PO Box 551265
Dallas, TX 75355-1265
Rescue@scottiekingdom.com
http://www.scottiekingdom.com
___________________________________________

Please help get her out. She is currently in a high kill shelter. In order for her to catch the ride to WI on May 3rd, she has to have a foster home or an adopter. This is her last chance. If she doesn't get out this time, she doesn't have a next time. The shelter gets too full. The rescue has put a hold on her to save her life but now they need your help. Hashbrown is a one year old Terrier mix smothered and covered in cuteness. She is a wiry little guy with a sweet and quiet demeanor. She may be a terrier type, but is content to get some scratches behind the ear and chew on a nice bone, In fact, that’s her idea of a perfect afternoon. The only other thing that would make it better would be a doggie friend to share it with.  She walks nicely on the leash, and she is just an all around lady. She doesn't need hardly any grooming since she is a wiry doggie. She is hoping that you might pick her to come live with you.  Please lets find her a loving home!

 Hashbrown - Saukville, WI
 

 Tail Waggers 911
121 W. Niesen Dr.
Saukville, WI 53080
(262) 268-7031
tail.waggers@yahoo.com
http://www.tailwaggers911.com


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, April 28, 2014

Monday Musings

Warm, cold, rain, stormy....I don't know what to make of this Spring.  Even the flower markets seem confused as there appear to be less robust flowers so far.  Many places are usually filled with annuals and perennials by now but that's not the case this season.

When it comes to flowers I'm like a little kid in a candy store....just cannot wait to get to the store to see what they have and find the ones I love.  Literally get so excited it consumes my thoughts. ha  Plus with our porch plants that can handle shade are a must, which are not always easy to find.

The man arrived home from Long Island late Monday night, his little weekend trip home seemed to exhaust him as he pretty much didn't leave the couch all week and wasn't in the best of moods.  His moods have really changed a lot. Would compare it to that feeling of walking on egg shells.  But not going to dwell on it.

Meanwhile, the niece's softball season has begun. Saturday was a perfect day for a game....sunny and 70.  Got to hang out with her and the family which is always fun.  Though my niece was more into playing with the neighborhood kids than hanging with us, oh how she is growing up.  Wish I could freeze time and keep everyone at this age.  Not sure how my sister does it as they have such a busy schedule.  Mother's really deserve so much credit as they are truly the glue that holds together a family.  Not sure they ever truly get the appreciation they deserve.


Been busy and spending a little too much time working on the computer as the dizzy spells are coming on again.  Such a fine line too much computer, phone or tv can really wreck havoc.  Working hard doing stuff for my little pet business which requires a decent amount of computer stuff at times.  Feel like there's been a lot to do lately, always something around the house that needs my attention as well.  We finally got around to planting grass seed today too, with rain in the forecast hoping it takes.

Little one continues to have ups and downs, guess that's how the disease goes. Learning to be extra patience is key.  As she has slowed down a lot.  Keep trying to explain that to the man.  Some nights you have to stand outside for a while until she gets around to her business.  It's very hard as the medicine makes her extra hungry, yet she is already above what her weight should be.  It also seems to upset her stomach.  Just keep hoping and praying for some sort of miracle.

She used to love to snuggle but it seems to make her too hot these days. Even though we still do a little I miss the all night snuggling fests. We take our little stroller walks which she enjoys.  It's so cute to watch her as we walk, even though she can't see she sniffs the air and turns her head.  When the neighborhood dogs bark she barks right back at them. Her little boyfriend seems to love when we visit him as well.  It's these moments I treasure the most. 











Sunday, April 27, 2014

Soul Sunday


Just as the world around us changes and evolves, so do the circumstances and situations in our lives.  We live in a universe that is alive, vibrant and constantly evolving. Change is the way nature, the universe and the Divine move us through each period of our lives and into destiny. We are led to our next lesson, our next adventure. There's no need to deny change, to fear it or fight it. Change is inevitable. Just as the earth is constant motion and transformation, so are we.

Take your place in the universal dance, the universal rhythm. Allow change to happen. Work with it as your life unfolds. Sometimes change comes in one smashing moment like a volcanic eruption.  Other times it happens more slowly, the way the winds and rain sculpt bridges out of canyons.

Learn to trust your body....it's signs, signals, warnings and excited proclamations. We let the gathering clouds warn us of impending storms and we learn to study and predict tremors in the earth.  In much the same way, our body can function as a barometer for our soul and its place in the constantly changing and evolving universe.

Allow your soul to open, tune into what you feel and all your sensitivities.  Allow change....feel it in the air, feel it in yourself.  Thank God and the universe because change will bring you not only closer to love but to who you truly are and the life you are meant to live. 

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Wednesday, April 23, 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!

 These little guys are young West Highland Terrier mixes who have no name but sure would like to find families to call their own.  Please lets find them both loving homes!

 A1470636 - Los Angeles, CA


 A1470615 - Los Angeles, CA

 
  South Los Angeles Animal Care and Control Center
3612 11th Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90018
(888) 452-7381
http://www.laanimalservices.com
______________________________________________ 

Ginger is a Labrador Retriever mix puppy.  She is very sweet and playful,will make a great addition to any family. She is good with other dogs, cats and children but puppy classes required.  Please lets find this little girl a great home!

  Ginger - Orlando, FL

 
 Rescuing Animals in Need
P.O. Box 608221
Orlando, FL 32860
(407) 620-9736
info@rescuinganimalsinneed.org
http://www.rescuinganimalsinneed.org
____________________________________________

 Summer is a young Irish Terrier.  She acts like her name sounds happy, warm, friendly, spunky and sunshiny. This bright girl is about 3 years old and 23 pounds, the perfect size for someone who wants a dog that's small but not too small. She's just right for any NYC apt but would do great outside of the city, too. Summer is friendly with everyone she meets, very playful, and super smart. She's eager to go for walks in the park, and she would do best in a medium active home.  Please lets find her a good home!

Summer - New York, NY

 
 Social Tees Animal Rescue
325 East 5th Street
New York, NY 10003
(212) 614-9653
robert@socialtees.com
http://www.socialteesnyc.org
___________________________________________
 
Rocky is a Yorkshire Terrier mix.  He is a very, very sweet, loving and caring dog who is good with all animals and kids.  Rocky is very shy at first, but once he gets to know you, he will sit with you and watch tv. He even knows sit, stay, come, and beg. When he wants to be alone, he will go to a room, lay down and go to sleep. Rocky has anxiety with vacuum cleaners, car rides, and noises at night. I've worked with him, and he's doing a lot better with the car rides and noises, but we're still working on the vacuum cleaner. Rocky can see shadows, but when he gets lost, he will bark until you show him his way. Rocky does need a set schedule. Here, he's fed at 7 AM, then get his insulin (13 units). He eats again at 7 PM and gets his last set of insulin (13 units). Rocky is not a barker, but will bark along with other dogs, if he's lost, or hears noises at night. Rocky does not mind being in the cage, and he's great walking on a leash and taking his insulin. Rocky is a gentle boy, and is not food or toy aggressive. He's also house trained, but can have accidents because of his diabetes. Please lets find him a loving home!

Rocky - Philadelphia, PA


Blind Dog Rescue Alliance
PO Box 63401
Philadelphia, PA 19114
(877) 254-6301
info@blinddogrescue.org
http://www.BlindDogRescue.org
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 Dwight and Mamie are Basset Hounds. This precious senior pair survived the worst together and now look forward to living the best together. Dwight is tan and white and about 10; Mamie is tricolor and about 8. They are both adorable and very sweet with a lot of pep left in their step. This terrific twosome will make a loving addition to the family lucky enough to adopt them.  Please lets find them a great home!

Dwight and Mamie - Houston, TX


 Basset Buddies Rescue of Texas
PO Box 130244
Houston, TX 77219
(281) 657-7347
info@bbrtx.org


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, April 21, 2014

Monday Musings

After the harsh winter I have come to appreciate sunshine more than ever. This Spring is cooler than normal so the flowers and trees are just slowly starting to open. 

Though a few days of really warm temperatures and pollen seemed to affect Angel's condition.  She scared me on Monday as she panted the whole night, sleeping little.  Pretty much was up all night with her trying to provide whatever comfort I could.  Tuesday we saw the Vet who increased her medicines.  Thursday we saw a specialist who agree her current medicine regimen was okay to stay on. And she suggested seeing a cardiologist as well. Then yesterday out of no where noticed little bit of blood near her mouth and found some type of skin masses on her upper inside lip. My heart sunk as my sweet, little girl has gone through so much in her little life and she doesn't deserve any of this.  Talked it over with my vet, they cannot biopsy or remove it as she cannot be given anesthesia.  It's all a wait and see situation.  At this point it's in God's hands, we are hoping and praying for a miracle.

Friday got to have a little play date with the niece.  She had one thing on her mind, going to the build a bear store to get new outfits for her bear. Reminded me of how persistence I can be when wanting something. Of course being the Friday before Easter the mall was packed.  Not sure how parents do it, as it's very hard to keep track of kids and actually shop.  She would show us one outfit, mean while be running to find the next.  Luckily I'm fast so was right on her heels. ha   Wish we had more time so she could have sat on the Easter Bunny's lap but the line was longer than Santa. The day flew by and before we even got to play outside she had to go home.

Saturday I Spring cleaned, it's so nice to look through spotless windows and sleep in fresh sheets. The man went to visit his family in Long Island for the weekend.  After pretty much spending every day together for almost a year, it was rather nice having the house to myself....the quietness of no tv constantly running, being able to go to bed at the time I want with no distractions, not having to tip toe around the house until noon, being able to simply relax, not having to deal with any moods or tude, etc. lol  Though must give some credit where it's due as the man actually stepped it up this week.  He took down the hornets nest, addressed his bills, made calls, accompanied me to the vet, etc.. Friday night we even went to the mall to do some errands and enjoyed a nice dinner together as well. Now if only this side of the man could come out more often or stay permanently.  Though if I'm being completely honest it's going to take a lot more of that good side to overlook some of the crap the other side caused. Just saying. lol


Sunday was spent with my family.  The weather was gorgeous allowing us to sit out on the patio and enjoy the beautiful day.  We all helped my niece hunt for the Easter eggs that had been hidden by the bunny.  Feasted on great food, shared some hearty laughs, took photos and overall had a fun, relaxing day.

Today we went for a walk only to realize I had locked us out of the house.  After exhausting all means to try to track down people who might have a copy, my neighbor helped me break into our home. ha  Luckily one of the side windows was cracked.  The screens in this house are well built and cannot just be lifted from the outside. So after a few tools the neighbor was able to finagle it up, from there we took a ladder and climbed in. It must have been rather hilarious to watch.

On another note, some how after all these years I feel as if I'm looking at things differently, maybe more clearly.  Seeing people and situations for who or what they truly are. Think that comes from the whole learning process of life.  We can either be open to change, to growth and learning or we can remain the same I suppose.  I'm driven by the desire to become the best possible person I can. To be able to focus on the positive and find a way to let the negative go. To find joy, happiness, love and wisdom in
each day!





Sunday, April 20, 2014

Soul Sunday


The message of Easter is one of hope. Open your soul to hope.

They say a person needs just three things to be truly happy in this world: someone to love, something to do, and something to hope for.

Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me... Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.

 When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too. 

 To love means loving the unlovable. To forgive means pardoning the unpardonable. Faith means believing the unbelievable. Hope means hoping when everything seems hopeless.

Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come.
 
 Hope is like a road in the country; there was never a road, but when many people walk on it, the road comes into existence.

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While wishing and hoping makes you a dreamer, acting and doing makes you someone who can turn dreams into reality."
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While wishing and hoping makes you a dreamer, acting and doing makes you someone who can turn dreams into reality."
Read more at http://www.wow4u.com/hopeq/#JDEhM1OijEmzYXYq.99

Friday, April 18, 2014

Has Blogger Been Hacked?

Wondering if anyone else is seeing strange blogs, that they don't follow appear on their dashboard?  This has happened a few times, contacted Blogger about it even sending them screen shots but have yet to hear back.

When signing into blogger the blogs I follow are listed on the left and any new posts by each blog is what fills the main page.  But lately noticed blogs I don't follow, that are not listed on the left side showing up on the new blog post pages.  The posts usually tend to be in a foreign language or contain sentences that make no sense and do not have any followers. And usually pertain to the middle east in some form or other.

Since google has yet to respond back to my inquiries, curious if anyone else has experienced these strange blogs appearing on their blogger dashboard page?





Wednesday, April 16, 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!

Bunny is a Terrier mix sitting in the Los Angeles animal control hoping to find a family.  Please lets find her a loving home!

Bunny - Los Angeles, CA

 Los Angeles County Animal Control - Downey
11258 South Garfield Avenue
Downey, CA 90242
(562) 940-6898
animalinfo@animalcare.lacounty.gov
http://animalcare.lacounty.gov
_____________________________________________

 Molly is a Labrador Retriever. She is an extremely sweet dog that loves attention. She is just as content sitting next to you with her head on your lap as she is playing tug of war in the yard. She loves to shake your hand and get belly rubs. She gets pretty excited when she's outside of the house, but settles down quickly at home. Molly loves to have a lot of room to run in the yard. She is pretty nervous when she first meets other dogs and takes some time to get used to them, but once she is, they become her best friend. She tends to do better with small dogs, but doesn't get along with cats much. Molly also gets along great with children. Please lets find her a great home!

Molly - Panama City, FL

  Animal Rescue Center of Bay County
PO Box 36303
Panama City, FL 32412
(850) 387-0224
Info@AdoptBay.com
www.AdoptBay.com
____________________________________________

  Another amazingly dynamic duo! Maxi and JJ are like Bonnie and Clyde, peas in a pod, peanut butter and jelly. These two little dogs were recently found wandering the streets together, searching for home and safety, and ended up at the kill shelter. We yanked the pair out of there, and now they're in a foster home nearby. They absolutely adore each other and must be adopted together -- their lucky adopter will get twice the fun, kisses, and love! Maxi the little spotted terrier is 2 years old and only 11 pounds. She is hilariously circus dog-like -- she dances on her hind legs for treats, trots around with glee, and is amazingly photogenic. JJ the Cavalier King Charles is like a muppet! This chubby boy with a huge goofy smile ambles around looking for affection and treats. He's about 29 pounds but needs to lose quite a few. Both dogs are extremely sweet and friendly, great with other dogs and cats, and wonderful with everyone they meet. Please lets find them a good home!

Maxi and JJ - New York, NY

 
 Social Tees Animal Rescue
325 East 5th Street
New York, NY 10003
(212) 614-9653
robert@socialtees.com
http://www.socialteesnyc.org

Maggie is as solid and steady as a rock. This beautiful girl as a heat of gold. She starts off slow but warms up quickly and will show you what a sweet snuggle bug she is. Maggie is a tank of a terrier -- she's an awesomely meaty little girl (but not overweight)... the perfect kind of dog for someone who likes big dogs but wants a small one. She's got the presence of a big dog in a little package! She is about 2 years old and 23 pounds. She gets alone terrifically with other dogs and cats, and she's friendly with all people. Please lets find her a loving home!

Maggie - New York, NY

 
 Social Tees Animal Rescue
325 East 5th Street
New York, NY 10003
(212) 614-9653
robert@socialtees.com
http://www.socialteesnyc.org
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 Gabby is Beagle who came in with her brother Duncan, both surrendered by their owner because they were moving. She's a sweet girl who is now in foster care because she was a little anxious in the shelter. She loves to be held and to explore, and is social to people. Gabby is comfortable with other dogs and children over 6. Please lets find her a great home!

Gabby - Philadelphia, PA

 
  Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society
100 N. 2nd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 238-9901
info@phillypaws.org
http://www.phillypaws.org
____________________________________________

Bella is a Coonhound  hoping to find a family.  Please lets find her a good home!

Bella - Wolfe City, TX
 
 Commerce Humane Association Animal Shelter
661 CR 4818
Wolfe City, TX 75496
(903) 496-2412
commercepets@yahoo.com
http://www.commercehumane.com
 

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, April 14, 2014

Monday Musings

This weekend we experienced summer weather, it felt so good. Sun and temperatures around 80 is something that never gets old.  The flowers and trees are beginning to bloom which is a beautiful sight as well. Though can't get too excited just yet as colder air is supposedly heading this way.  The wet, cold winter has produced a very high pollen Spring, in fact weather experts are forecasting a pollen vortex. So while the warm weather has everyone wanting to open windows the pollen is making it difficult.

Meanwhile the week was busy with a bunch of appointments, food shopping, little stress and of course errands. 

Saturday spent hours doing yard work, house work and what seemed like endless laundry.  Even made a few elaborate home cooked meals such as stuffed chicken/spinach shells and lemon caper chicken with roasted potatoes/asparagus.  Sunday involved more laundry, freezing food and house work.  Little one developed a case of colitis from fish that did not agree with her.  She had a few accidents in the house that required flooring cleaning, and is on a special diet to help calm it down.  Though we still managed to go on some lovely stroller walks to see all her doggie friends!

Meanwhile the man spent the entire beautiful, sunny warm weekend cooped up in the house watching tv, mainly golf.  Not sure what happened to his fun mojo, or helping out but the lackadaisicalness is getting out out of hand. Keep telling myself to think positive.


Meanwhile, still trying to process little ones diagnosis.  It's hard knowing her little lungs are fighting a disease that is challenging to treat and cannot be cured.  Trying so hard to do the little things that are important especially keeping house clean and dust free.  Trying to adjust her diet to make sure food is easier to swallow.  It saddens me as my back is hurting so I'm struggling to pick her up lately.  Yet carrying her up and down stairs is necessary.  Houses should come with ramps and maybe even old school elevators.

Grateful for the stroller as it allows little one to not only take walks with me but to enjoy nature and visit with her doggies friends.  We even came across the prettiest daffodils on our walk.















Sunday, April 13, 2014

Soul Sunday


Open the soul to love today....

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. 

And remember when it comes to love....

Give your love to someone who wants you, who waits for you. Who understands you even in the madness; someone who helps you, and guides you, someone who is your support, your hope.  Give your love to someone who talks with you after a fight, who isn't afraid to do the necessary work. Fall in love with someone who misses you and wants to be with you. Do not fall in love only with a body or with a face; or with the idea of being in love. Don't give your love to someone who says the right things, give your love to the one who does the right things.

Our souls task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within it has built against it.  Essentially give and share the kind of love you wish to receive.

 





Thursday, April 10, 2014

Ways To Ruin A Perfectly Good Relationship

Last week I featured an article looking at signs a relationship may need urgent care.  So thought this week it might be interesting to take a look at things that can ruin a good relationship.

Dr. Sue Johnson, is the bestselling author of Hold Me Tight and Love Sense, is a clinical psychologist and creator of an effective new model of relationship repair Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy. She wrote an interesting piece on five ways to ruin a good relationship.  As even the best relationships often have habits that may be highly destructive. See what you think.

5 Ways To Ruin A Perfectly Good Relationship

Before we gained love sense, it was hard to offer an incisive explanation for how love fails. Theories that concentrate on bad behavior and lack of communication skills focus on the symptoms of couple distress rather than the root cause: the overwhelming fear of being emotionally abandoned, set adrift in the sea of life without safe harbor.

What we’ve missed for so long is that discord is almost always an unconscious protest against floating loose and an attempt to call, and even force, a partner back into emotional connection. Here are some of those signs of discord:

1. The slow erosion.
When emotional starvation becomes the norm, and negative patterns of outraged criticism, sarcasm unkindness, attitude and defensiveness take over, our perspective changes. Our lover begins to feel like an enemy; our most familiar friend turns into a stranger. Trust dies, and grief begins in earnest.

Research from the University of California found that the quality of positive support, reassurance that a partner is loved and esteemed and is capable of taking control of his or her life, is the most crucial factor in the health of any relationship.

2. Poisonous criticism.
We never like to hear that there is something wrong with us, or that something needs changing, especially if this message is coming from the loved one we most depend on. Criticism from loved ones rings the survival alarm bell in our brain; it sets off the deep seated fear that we will be rejected and abandoned.

Psychologist Jill Hooley’s work at Harvard measures the impact of critical, hostile comments made by loved ones and shows that disparagement by those we rely on may even trigger illness, such as depression or other physical ailments.

3. Toxic stonewalling.
We all use withdrawal at times when we are hurt or offended, or simply worried about saying the wrong thing. It’s like a pause in the duet we do with our partner; it can allow us to gather our thoughts, find our balance. But withdrawal is toxic when it becomes the customary response to a partner’s perceived blaming.

One of the rules of attachment is that any response is better than none. When we stonewall, or give the silent treatment, we mostly do so in order to cut off our emotions; we freeze and retreat into numbness. But when one dancer completely leaves the floor, the dance is no more. Without good, open communication even the best relationships cannot survive.

4. Dead end.
As the cycle of hostile criticism, negative behaviors and stonewalling occurs more frequently, it becomes ingrained and defines the relationship. These episodes are so destructive that any positive moments and behaviors are discounted and marginalized.

And as a couple’s behavior narrows, so do the partners’ views of each other. They shrink in each other’s eyes; the full panoply of their personalities shrivels. She’s a carping bitch; he’s a withholding boor.

Psychologists refer to this as a process of escalating negative appraisal, where every response is seen in the worst possible light. Both partners become hyper vigilant for any hint of slurs and slights, abandonment and rejection. They cannot give each other the benefit of the doubt, even for a moment.

5. The sudden snap.
Everyone knows that an affair can cripple a relationship. But other events may be just as momentous and damaging because they contravene our wired in expectations that loved ones will be our shelter at moments of threat or distress. The wife/husband who during an illness, loss or stressful time in life finds their partner can’t comfort them. A husband/wife who pleads for a more intimate relationship and is told to grow up. A husband/wife who works hard supporting the family financially or does the majority of work around the house but not shown appreciation.  Supportive love is important in relationships. Couple should be able to lean on their partners for help, love, support and understanding when they need it.

If we do not understand the incredible power of attachment and its impact on us, we can inadvertently hurt our partner deeply simply by not understanding what kind of response is required. 

All such disastrous events are marked by moments of intense need and vulnerability, when a loved one is called upon to provide responsive care and does not come through. In these incidents, the answer to the key attachment questions “Are you there for me when I need you?” and “Will you put me first?" is a resounding no.

These failures of empathy and responsiveness create wounds that cannot be put aside or papered over. Most people recognize these wounds on an instinctual, gut level when they are describing them, even if they have never heard of the new science of love, and many do not believe that they can be healed. But indeed they can, even when they occur in relationships that are already tottering.

Most relationships are capable of healing if both individuals are willing to compromise and work together at creating a good relationship. 

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Woof Wednesday


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

 This young Chihuahua West Highland terrier mix has no name nor family.  Please lets find her a loving home!

A1467097 - Chatsworth, CA

 
 West Valley Animal Care and Control Center
20655 Plummer Street
Chatsworth, CA 91311
(888) 452-7381
http://www.laanimalservices.com
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  Mya is a Labrador Retriever puppy who was saved from a kill shelter. This girl is about 3 months old. She was last of the litter, since she was a little shy in the shelter nobody wanted her. She has since came out of her shell. .. Plays well with the other pups. Learning new things everyday. Please lets find her a great home!

Mya - Tampa, FL

 Lost Angels Animal Rescue, Inc.
P.O. Box 260212
Tampa, FL 33685-0595
(813) 514-0595
Tina  RescueRover@yahoo.com 
http://www.lostangelsanimalrescue.org
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Chocolate is miniature Poodle who is a quiet little charmer. This 8-year-old boy arrived looking as scraggly as can be, but his haircut turned him into a new man! Chocolate is 14 pounds of pure grateful love. He's very quiet and low key, and he's great with other dogs and cats and everyone he meets. He would do best in a low key home and will be the ideal, fuzzy little soul mate for someone who wants an apricot angel always by their side. Please lets find this little guy a good home!

Chocolate - New York, NY 

  Social Tees Animal Rescue
325 East 5th Street
New York, NY 10003
(212) 614-9653
robert@socialtees.com
http://www.socialteesnyc.org
______________________________________________
 
 Superior Reality is a  three year old Greyhound girl, who goes by the call name Reese, has endeared herself to her foster home; it includes two adults, two kids, 2 hounds, 3 cats and a foster kitten. That's right even the cats have accepted her and, with our cats, that's saying something.  Reese has become Queen of the Stairs, climbing and descending easily. She has also mastered our tile/wood/laminate floors and is a dream on a leash, though she does enjoy play time in our fenced yard, too. She eats well and has had no accidents in the house. Reese is polite and gets in her typical 18 hours of greyhound napping every day. While the adults from the home work full time outside the home, Reese is crated. She has had no issues with the crate. At night, she sleeps on a dog bed next to our bed.  This girl is quite spry and a jumper - she doesn't jump on people, but she does jump over our 3' baby gates without batting one of her pretty eyelashes. She will need someone committed to either walking her a few times per day or someone with a 6' or more fence privacy fence. Reese is a highly affectionate girl -she loves to give and get hugs and loves to lay on a dog bed in whatever room we're in. She is also very smart, as demonstrated by her curiosity. While Reese quickly bonded with our hounds, I suspect she could also do well as an only dog. If you adopt her, be prepared to turn heads wherever you take her - she is an adorable beauty. Also be prepared to welcome into your life a loving friend who will give you endless adoration and warm company. Superior Reality, indeed.  Please lets find her a loving home!

Superior Reality Reese - Cherry Hill, NJ
 
 Greyhound Friends of NJ, Inc.
PO BOX 4416
Cherry Hill, NJ 08034-0669
(732) 356-4370
info@greyhoundfriendsnj.org
http://www.greyhoundfriendsnj.org
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  Faith is Labrador Retriever mix who was found as a stray in Mississippi in December. She was found to be a sweet and lovable dog so the shelter really wanted to make sure I was safe and eventually BDRA found out about me.I was invited to enter the Rescue in February, and two days later my right eye was removed due to trauma and high pressure. On February 21, she wasn’t feeling well and was admitted for observation at the vet hospital because of a possible obstruction. During exploratory surgery, it was discovered she had “pyloric stenosis” which is a stomach constriction and food couldn’t pass, but she had surgery and now that issue is resolved. She has healed from both my eye and stomach surgeries and feel so much better. During this time she was also treated for hook worms. Then,she finally made her way to Pennsylvania to live with her foster family. Unfortunately, it was discovered that she also suffers from copper hepatopathy (storage of copper in her liver). This is probably due to a genetic disorder, and she probably had this all my life. If this condition is left untreated, I will go into liver failure. The good news is BDRA is making sure she gets treated. She has seen the internist and will be starting her medication so her liver can rid itself of the excess copper. She is already eating the prescription diet which she will have to have the rest of her life. She is starting heartworm treatment as well. She has overcome many hurdles and still has a couple more to go. Because of her medical issues, she will need a special adopter.  In light of all of the above, she continues to remain a sweet, lovable, cuddly sweetheart who shows no aggression with toys, food, or other animals. Although everyone thinks she is about 5 years old, she loves to play with toys and bones, and she plays like a puppy. She loves her humans and am very affectionate towards them. When you see her there is always a smile on her face, and her tail is constantly wagging. She is very friendly and a happy dog. No one is ever going to tell her to just lie down and be sick!  She needs some work on basic commands, leash walking and housebreaking, but that will all come in time. Please lets find her a great home!

Faith - Philadelphia, PA

 Blind Dog Rescue Alliance
PO Box 63401
Philadelphia, PA 19114
(877) 254-6301
info@blinddogrescue.org
http://www.BlindDogRescue.org
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Link is a Yorkshire Dachshund male mix who needs a family call to love,  Please lets find him a good home!

 Link - Houston, TX

 
 City of Houston, Bureau of Animal Regulation and Care
3200 Carr
Houston, TX 77026
(713) 229-7300
http://www.houstontx.gov/health/BARC/index.html
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Cocoa is a Labradoodle. My dad is a black and white standard poodle and my mom is a chocolate lab. So besides beauty, she also has brains. She is looking for a new forever home. Her mom had to give her up do to some health issues; she could no longer give me the exercise she needed.  She would do really well with another dog in the home. Even though, she needs to be top dog, she still needs someone by her side to let her know that some things are ok. As a puppy, she needed someone to show her some of the ropes. She will alert you to people that she does not recognize as your friends and having another dog will help her realize which people can enter your home. She is great with kids. They do not make her nervous. She would love to join them with their activities. She can do tricks on command sit, down and shake. Speaking of tricks, with her previous owner she had very high scores in AKC novice. However, after a long winter of staying inside, she is taking a refresher course on walking nicely on a leash. There are so many new smells and things she wants to explore, she wants to go for a fast walk and not a stroll. She needs exercise on a daily basis. She also needs a job to keep her mind sharp. She could be a great obedience or agility dog.  She is looking forward to making a new start. Please lets find her a loving home!

Cocoa - Saukville, WI

 
Tail Waggers 911
121 W. Niesen Dr.
Saukville, WI 53080
(262) 268-7031
tail.waggers@yahoo.com
http://www.tailwaggers911.com


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, April 7, 2014

Monday Musings

As I type this I'm sitting with a heating pad on my lower back, apparently I pulled some muscles between lifting little one and my new yoga program.  Quickly learning that I'm not nearly as flexible nor in shape as I used to be. And I have to seriously do something about that!

My niece came over on Saturday, and we basically played outside the entire day.  It was not only fun but invigorating!  If you really listen to what a five year old has to say it can be so enlightening.  Though sometimes I feel sorry for kids these days.  My niece goes to two different kindergartens, after school programs, soccer, softball, strict vegetarian diet, etc, her schedule is so full and controlled. Sometimes think she doesn't get to just be a kid.  At five there just seems like a lot of pressure on kids to be mini adults instead of enjoying the simple pleasures of being a kid.  Our childhood seemed to have much less structure and restrictions than my niece's generation.  Even worry about my sister too as sometimes think she is overworked and overwhelmed too. Wished we lived in their neighborhood or at least closer so we could help out more.

As I mentioned before haven't be able to get the man to do much lately.  But even he joined in for a little play.  They devised their own game of soccer with our basketball.  Though apparently he is not in shape either as Sunday he could not move. He pretty much spent the day on the couch, and today as well. He goes through periods where he takes lots of walks then nothing.  One of the specialists he saw suggested he start a physical therapy program for his back. So far he has no interest, though it would probably help strengthen his weakened muscles.

These days I seem to run circles around the guy.  Yet I could really use his help around here both inside and out. Sometimes feel a tad envious when I see other couples outside doing yard work as the man just never thinks about such stuff.  He's honestly content to sit on couch and watch me do all the work. It could drive a girl crazy. Especially when I ask something and just get back a maybe. He is not exactly always dependable and it's one of the things contributing to a feeling of disappointment and puzzlement lately. Anyway enough about that. ha

Sunday I cleaned and hosed off our front porch and all the pots I had over wintering.  The temperatures are actually warming up here. Hopefully all that arctic air has moved out.  The porch involved a lot more work than I thought, which is something I'm not suppose to be doing with my back right now.  But once started it was hard not to finish.  My motto is if you are going to do something, might as well do it right.

This Monday is all about getting to do lists accomplished and errands run.  Two different Giant Supermarkets, Petco and Produce Junction.  Followed by outdoor planting of pansies and indoor herb garden. Dishes done, floor mopped and next up making S'more frozen yogurt desserts. Next to the carrot cake cupcakes, golden double stuff oreos they have quickly become a favorite.  They are listed under my recipe section if any one is interested.

Oh and in addition to her new stroller walks, little one has been trying new food in the morning.  She loves Freshpet chicken biscuits so decided to try one of their soft tubed meals.  Since she has a bunch of allergies decided to try the Vital Turkey recipe which is egg and grain free. She seems to love it. Only downside is it costs $12 for a 2 lb tube and once opened it says to use within 7 days.  They have another line that is cheaper $5 for a 1.5 lb tube but it has egg in it. Highly suggest their dog food and treats, as it contains all natural ingredients, unlike many pet foods that seem to throw anything into their food. Now if only they would give me a permanent discount for talking about their food! :)

 Okay enough talking, need to get back to doing. And a good place to start is making the S'mores!






Sunday, April 6, 2014

Soul Sunday


Living is a risk. Happiness is a risk. If you’re not a little scared sometimes, then you’re not doing it right. Don’t worry about mistakes and failures, worry about what you’re giving up when you don’t even try. Worry about the life you’re not living and the happiness you’re forgoing, as you merely exist in the safety of your comfort zone. Give yourself permission to be one of the people who survived doing it wrong, who made mistakes, but recovered from them and grew into your truest self. 

Promise yourself  to be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.  To talk health, happiness, and prosperity to every person you meet. To make all your friends feel that there is something in them. To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true.  To think only the best, to work only for the best, and to expect only the best. To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.

To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.
To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living creature you meet a smile. To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others. To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble. To think well of yourself and to proclaim this fact to the world, not in loud words but great deeds. To live in faith that the whole world is on your side so long as you are true to the best that is in you.  
 
Create, seek and live your happiness.

Beautiful

 
 

Friday, April 4, 2014

10 Signs Your Relationship Needs Urgent Care


Happened to come across the article below online the other day.  The title peaked my interest, was interested to see if any of the 10 signs was something I could relate to.  And honestly I could, though not surprising after all the challenges we have encountered and experienced.  But it got me thinking how important it is for both partners to be fully present in a relationship. If one is committed to nurturing it and the other isn't, it can start to feel very one sided leading to resentment and withdrawal from the relationship.

In my opinion, the bigger question becomes how to get both partners to commit to the constant care, attention and putting the action or work in to sustain a relationship?  Lets face it there are many things in life that can get in the way of even the best relationships.  And even if we recognize the relationship is thirsty if both people don't give it the nourishment it needs than it doesn't much matter.  The most successful relationships happen when both individuals are willing to make each other a first priority and equally contribute.

Just something to think about.



10 Signs Your Relationship Needs Urgent Care

A puppy. A newborn. An orchid. Your relationship.

What do all of these things have in common? They all need constant care and attention.

And yet, because a relationship doesn’t pee on the carpet, cry, or wilt, you may forget to give it the nurturing that it needs. But relationships do cry out for help in their own way, and today I am going to show you the 10 most common signs that your relationship is in need of help.

1. You have become a bulldozer.
You know how you want the bathroom, the weekend, or your vacation to go, and you push and prod your partner to do it your way. Okay, so it’s great that you have a dream. But it’s not much fun to spend all of your time with yourself, and yet the more you bulldoze, the less you spend time with anyone other than yourself. Give your partner the remote control, and start celebrating them for what they bring to the relationship.

2. You've become a mute.
The opposite of a bulldozer, you stuff down your thoughts and feelings and don’t share them. Your partner knows you less and less, and then, like magic, you like them less and less. After all, one of the great gifts of a relationship is knowing and being known by another person so deeply. It’s what all of us crave.

3. When faced with leaving, your biggest fears are about logistics.
When I broke up with my ex many years ago, one of the concerns that popped into my head was “I will lose my Amazon Prime account!” Crazy, I know. Even if your concerns are less petty than mine—a house, a group of friends, finances—if your biggest concern isn’t “I would miss them SO much," then you are not staying in the relationship because of the other person. If you truly are committed to love, the relationship has to be based, first and foremost, on wanting this person in your life.

4. You multitask.
When spending time with your significant other, you usually look for something else to do, like checking emails, watching TV, or cleaning. It’s OK to multitask sometimes, but if you do it all the time, you're likely avoiding being present and focused on them—two things that are essential for a healthy relationship.

5. You fantasize.
We all know that cheating is a no no. I am here today to say that even fantasizing about another person in your head is “giving away the jewels” that should be given to your partner. I don’t mean going to an Adam Levine concert and thinking he is looking good. I mean daydreaming about being with someone else ... repeatedly. Save your mojo for your relationship, where it will serve to build one of the most important aspects of your life: your relationship.

6. You can remember every episode of "Scandal," but not the last time you had sex.
Even if it isn’t always creative and exciting, sex is one of the best ways to reconnect with your partner, soul to soul, on a deep level. If you don’t feel that sex is a spiritual act, then it’s time you figured out how to make it one!

7. Even a date night isn’t fun.
You know you used to look forward to date night. But now it feels a bit …. boring. This is a sign that you need to reconnect with how the two of you have fun, and then go have it! A tip about having fun: you can make agreements to not talk about certain subjects that kill the fun, and to check any moods you might have at the door. Date night does not mean “dump night.”

8. You groan when their calls interrupt your work.
When you first started dating, you loved how she showered you with attention. But now you wish she would stop taking up so much time. Does she not know how many things you need to get done today? The problem here is that you've lost sight of the fact that this person loves you and just wants to connect with you. That is likely more precious than anything on your To Do list.

9. You vehemently dislike your in-laws.
It’s your job to build a great relationship with your in-laws. I'm not talking about cases of extreme abuse or psychiatric disease, but the “normal” annoyance with in laws. Here is why it matters: these people are the parents of your partner, they raised them and helped them become who they are today. They likely have many of the same personality traits as your partner, whether you care to admit it or not. Accepting your in laws goes a long way toward accepting your partner.

10. You compare your relationship to others.
Of course it’s natural and healthy to look at other relationships you admire, and learn their special sauce. But if you find yourself continually comparing your relationship to other relationships, you likely aren’t focusing on what makes your relationship great and unique, and making it even more so. No two relationships are the same, and your job is to build your own definition of “a great relationship” and make that your rock.

How well is your relationship doing? Which one of these signs describes your relationship?

The good news is that you can take action on every one of these. Just like watering a plant or raising a puppy, you can take caring and deliberate actions to make your relationship flourish. You just need to recognize when it’s thirsty.

Author Dr. Samantha Sutton is a life coach or life engineer who holds a Ph.D. in science and engineering from MIT. With her unique combination of science and coaching, Samantha has founded Samantha Sutton Ph.D. Life Solutions, to teach you how to build a career you love, heal your marriage, find love, master your time, or overcome negative emotions like anxiety or anger. 

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Philadelphians

While out for a walk encountered a hilarious thing.  A squirrel ran from my neighbors property across the street, up our huge tree and into his nest.  What makes that hilarious?   Well he did it with a huge soft pretzel in his mouth.  Yes apparently even the squirrels here love Philadelphia soft pretzels!

You see Philadelphia isn't only known for our cheese steaks but also our soft pretzels.  And when I saw this link on social media about 30 Things Philadelphians Love just had to share it on here as well.  Enjoy.

And if you ever come to visit Philadelphia please say hi.  You know we are the city of brotherly love! 






Wednesday, April 2, 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!

This little guy is a miniature poodle mix just sitting at the pound hoping to find a family.  Please lets find him a loving home!

Bubbles A4428878 - Los Angeles, CA

 
 Los Angeles County Animal Control - Carson
216 West Victoria Street
Gardena, CA 90248
(310) 523-9566
animalinfo@animalcare.lacounty.gov
http://animalcare.lacounty.gov
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I'm Bella a darling little Jack Russell/Parson Russell Terrier mix, a real cuddler. I'm just 1 year old so I'm still really a playful puppy and I only weigh 18 pounds. I don't seem to care much for other dogs, though possibly if I'm introduced properly, I might do just fine?  I do get along great with kids and cats. I'm not a yapper but I will bark to warn you when strangers approach. I love to run so I need a fenced yard to race around in and keep those pesky 'lawn lizards' in line. Open the door and I'm gone like a shot, guess I need a bit of training in that area? I'm real smart so I can learn better door manners, no problem! My family loves me but simply can no longer afford to keep me. These are sad times for us companion animals. I'm a real sweetie pie and will take good care of you! Just give me the chance? Please lets find her a great home!
 
Bella -  DeLand, FL

 
 Animal Rescue Konsortium, Inc.
DeLand, FL 32724
 Angela 386-473-8465
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Holly is a Cairn Terrier like a classic Toto, just a little bigger! She's 2 years old and about 18 pounds. She has a stunning black coat flecked with red fur, and she has the most adorable tufts of fur at the tips of her ears. She's great with everyone she meets and loves to pay and go for long walks. Please lets find her a good home! 

Holly - New York, NY

 
 Social Tees Animal Rescue
325 East 5th Street
New York, NY 10003
(212) 614-9653
robert@socialtees.com
http://www.socialteesnyc.org
__________________________________________________

 Jeremy is a terrier mix,1-2yrs old and about 9 lbs.  He is an adorable little boy for whom life was a scary place when he was on his own. He's an easy going young boy who loves to cuddle. His oh so soft coat makes him hard to keep your hands off and he's ok with that. He would happily sit in your lap all day, but does just fine hanging out on his bed as well.  He is a smart little guy that caught on very quickly to house-training.  Jeremy loves meeting new dogs and people (both big and small), but is pretty low energy, so takes some convincing to play around.  He will make a great companion for his new family and he can't wait to meet you!. Jeremy should live with a patient and quiet person or family with no young children under 10 who will allow him to become one with the universe. Please lets find this little guy a loving home!

Jeremy - Philadelphia, PA
 
 Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society
100 N. 2nd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
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 Boo and Millie are Dachshunds. They have been loyal, loving pets for years and are inseparable. They must be adopted together. The two are about eleven years old, and unfortunately their owner is in her 70's and is going through some medical problems that prevent her from continuing to keep them. We are trying to find a loving home to care for Millie and Boo through their senior years and to help make this as easy as possible on them, as well as on their owner.  The two are current on everything, in good health, and still love to take walks, race down to the fence and back, bark happily if people come by, and visit- they are social and even adore children (as long as the young ones are gentle). Millie is more of the long leash walk type and Boo is more of the master of the yard type who likes to patrol the perimeter but has no love for the leash and harness technique, but both are very active for their age. Millie and Boo are still with their owner for now so we don't have to move them until it's to their new furever home. We are hoping to find the right home for them before it becomes too difficult for their owner to continue to care for them. Want a couple cute Dachshunds, low-maintenance and full of love? Millie and Boo may be the perfect pair for you.  Please lets find them a great home!

Millie and Boo - Dallas, TX
 
 
 Dachshund Lovers of Texas
P.O. Box 820984
Dallas, TX 75382
(214) 577-7536
info@dltrescue.org
http://www.DLTRescue.org


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, April 1, 2014

Monday Musings

This Monday life seems like a mix of ying/yang lately.  For every happy moment there seems a not so happy one. While I know life cannot be all joyous moments just believe and wish there could be more.  And sometimes I've been struggling with how much to share here.  My nature is to share things.

Saturday I spent the day with my mother, we did a little shopping and had a nice lunch.  It felt so good to be out doing something.  Even if the weather was monsoon like.  Literally for three days straight we had heavy rain.  If it's not snow, it's rain....beginning to feel as if we live in the northwest not the northeast.  My father also stopped by to help me turn on the outside faucet.  It's an old pipe that takes a lot of muscle to turn, since I was unsuccessful he volunteered to help.

The man spent the weekend on couch watching tv, working on his sports site, plus his new fixation twitter.  He didn't even get off the couch when my family came over, nor offer to help my father.  He doesn't want to do much of anything these days, when I ask if he wants to do something usually get a maybe. And I've been doing all indoor/outdoor house work for awhile now.

For over a year it's been challenging between his addiction, rehab, resigning from work, accrued debts, seizure, etc, certain things I thought might improve when he got clean haven't exactly.  Other then quitting the pain pills he never changed/worked on himself. And that couples counseling he promised never came to be. He seems more withdrawn, moody and in ways unkind after getting clean and especially after the seizure in December.  When I try to talk to him he tends to stare at the tv/computer. Ask more than one question and he gets upset. He insists he is fine but we worry about him. They say it can take years for the brain/body to adjust so maybe that's just the case. Hence why I haven't spoken about it for a while. And my plans to write about addiction, recovery, enlightenment, etc, kind of fell apart.

Can only say it's all a work in progress, and along the way I'm finding myself feeling some what overwhelmed, lonely, hurt by his unkind moments and missing the fun we used to have. It's tough to admit and express in words. Now that he's home 24/7 he's physically here yet in other ways he feels absent.

So when I saw this flower blooming outside today it gave me hope. It bloomed despite the unkind cold weather, little sun and nurturing.  So maybe the challenges we face now are lessons to be learned and maybe they will eventually turn into something amazing.  Sort of like the seeds being planted for something more beautiful to grow?  Life is not perfect, we are not perfect but with a little hope, faith, love, kindness, nurturing and work I do believe anything can grow into something beautiful and great.  And I pray that we can get back to those small things that make life amazing.








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