Thursday, May 29, 2014


Grief. It's something I've been struggling with since Angel passed. Trying to come to terms with it is difficult.  The depth to which I miss her is impossible to put into words.  She was such a large part of my world.  Without her I feel as if a part of my heart and soul is missing.  The sadness can feel overwhelming some days.

Yet grief  is something no one can avoid in life.  As horrible as it is to experience it usually means one loved some one or something deeply.  And that kind of love is what makes life worth living.  

Let's face it grief is a natural response to death or loss. At some point every one will sustain the loss of a close loved one. But that's not the only kind of loss that can cause grief. People can feel loss when: they become separated from a loved one, they lose a job, position, or income, a pet dies or is lost, kids leave home or they experience a major change in life such as getting a divorce, moving, or retiring. There are many life changes and stages that can bring grief on.

While we all experience grief and loss, each of us is unique in the ways we cope with our feelings.

There are said to be five stages.  Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression and Acceptance.  They reflect common reactions people have as they try to make sense of a loss. An important part of the healing process is experiencing and accepting the feelings that come as a result of the loss.

Denial, numbness, and shock: Numbness is a normal reaction to a death or loss and should never be confused with "not caring." This stage of grief helps protect the individual from experiencing the intensity of the loss. It can actually be useful when the grieving person has to take some action such as planning a funeral, notifying relatives, or reviewing important papers. As the individual moves through the experience and slowly acknowledges its impact, the initial denial and disbelief will diminish.

Bargaining: This stage of grief may be marked by persistent thoughts about what could have been done to prevent the death or loss. Some people become obsessed with thinking about specific ways things could have been done differently to save the person's life or prevent the loss. If this stage of grief is not dealt with and resolved, the individual may live with intense feelings of guilt or anger that can interfere with the healing process.

Depression: In this stage of grief, people begin to realize and feel the true extent of the death or loss. Common signs of depression in this stage include difficulty sleeping, poor appetite, fatigue, lack of energy, and crying spells. The individual may also experience self-pity and feel lonely, isolated, empty, lost, and anxious.

Anger: This stage of grief is common. It usually occurs when an individual feels helpless and powerless. Anger can stem from a feeling of abandonment because of a death or loss. Sometimes the individual is angry at a higher power, at the doctors who cared for the loved one, or toward life in general.

Acceptance: In time, an individual can move into this stage of grief and come to terms with all the emotions and feelings that were experienced when the death or loss occurred. Healing can begin once the loss becomes integrated into the individuals set of life experiences.

Throughout a person's lifetime, he or she may return to some of the earlier stages of grief, such as depression or anger. Because there are no rules or time limit to the grieving process, each individuals healing process will be different.

Found myself experiencing at least four of the stages at some point, though acceptance is the one I'm not so sure of.  And don't believe such feelings ever go away, some how we just learn to live life in spite them. Depending on ones belief the hope of some day being reunited with our loved ones gives many the hope and strength to carry on. Though life is never quite the same.

The love we shared is something I will always hold in my heart, my little soul mate changed my life in so many positive ways. She taught me so much. Just wish we had more time together because 13 years wasn't nearly enough, nor would 100 be.  Still so many more things I wish we could have done and shared together.  Some things I would have even done differently as well.  Most of all hope she knows how very much she is loved.  Feelings of grief may overwhelm us but the profound love she brought to my life will always reside in my heart and soul.

Truth is even in grief there are things to be learned.  Most is short.  Spend it with those you  love, express love every chance you get and most importantly live a life you love!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Woof Wednesday

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

Elsa is a Beagle/Dachshund mix.  Her puppy siblings are also looking for homes. They are all darling puppies that enjoy playtime, eating and napping. They are ready to go into a new home when they reach 8 weeks of age. Please lets find her a loving home!

 Elsa - Marina Del Rey, CA

Starpaws Rescue
333 W. Washington Blvd #309
Marina Del Rey, CA 90292
(424) 229-1614

Junior is a wonderful, big boy of a Norwich terrier. He's a bit husky and needs to lose a few pounds, but he's about 29 lbs right now. He's the perfect size for someone who loves medium size dogs but wants something just a bit more apartment friendly! Junior is 3 years old and a little shy at first but a sweet, mellow love bug once he warms up. He's good with other dogs and everyone he meets, and he loves long gentle walks. Please lets find him a great home!

Junior - New York, NY

 Social Tees Animal Rescue
325 East 5th Street
New York, NY 10003
(212) 614-9653
 Tony is a poodle/chihuahua mix, almost 8 pounds, who is a very lovable, smart, little guy! He takes a short while to warm up to strangers, but as soon as he does, he only wants to get in a lap and be cuddled. He gets along with cats and other dogs, likes to play fetch, can stay in a crate at night, eats a little dry food (he is learning) and walks well on a leash. The only thing he needs help with is house-training and people skills.  Please lets find him a good home!

Tony - Philadelphia, PA
 Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society
100 N. 2nd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 238-9901

 Elsie and Wagner are a bonded brother-sister pair who suffered through a lot together and now want a happy ever after together. Wagner is 7 and more outgoing than Elsie, who is 6 and kind of shy. This beautiful, super sweet pair is on the mend (their scars are likely from barbed wire) in a comfy, loving foster home. Please lets find them a loving home!

Elsie and Wagner - Houston, TX

 Basset Buddies Rescue of Texas
PO Box 130244
Houston, TX 77219
(281) 657-7347

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, May 20, 2014

Walk On

These past few weeks have been surreal, just cannot believe my little one is gone. Losing someone really makes you realize how nothing we have....not our jobs, houses, computers, clothes, cars, etc., matters in the end.  All that truly matters is love.  Nothing will ever compare to the relationships and love we create, experience and share with others.

Love, in the highest sense of the word, is the only thing that we can always take with us, in our heart. At some point we are all going to have to lose everything else anyway.

Angel will forever be in my heart, she is a part of my heart and soul. Nothing will ever be able to replace her, nor share the special connection we did. And as she walks on to a new life she will still always be a part of mine. Two souls entwined by love can never truly be separated.

I've listened to this song over and over, with tears of love for my little one.  As think Bono of U2 says it best in the song Walk On....

And love, it's not the easy thing
The only baggage, that you can bring
Not the easy thing, the only baggage you can bring
Is all that you can't leave behind

And if the darkness is to keep us apart
And if the daylight feels like it's a long way off
And if your glass heart should crack
Before the second you turn back
Oh no, be strong

Oh, oh, walk on, walk on
What you got, they can't steal it
No, they can't even feel it
Walk on, walk on
Stay safe tonight

You're packin' a suitcase for a place, none of us has been
A place that has to be believed, to be seen
You could have flown away, a singin' bird in an open cage
Who will only fly, only fly for freedom

Oh, oh, walk on, walk on
What you got, you can't deny it
Can't sell it or buy it
Walk on, walk on
You stay safe tonight

And I know it aches
How your heart, it breaks
You can only take so much
Walk on, walk on

Home, hard to know what it is if you never had one
Home, I can't say where it is but I know I'm going
Home, that's where the heart is

And I know it aches and your heart, it breaks
You can only take so much
Walk on

Leave it behind
You've got to leave it behind
All that you fashion, all that you make
All that you build, all that you break
All that you measure, all that you feel
All this you can leave behind
All that you reason, all that you care
(It's only time and I'll never fill up all my mind)
All that you sense, all that you scheme
All you dress up, and all that you see
All you create, all that you wreck
All that you hate

Walk on.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Monday Musings

Since Angel left us I've been trying to keep busy as it helps with all the various emotions. Words simply cannot express how much I miss her. Morning and night we always snuggled, those are the hardest times of day now.  Miss feeling her snuggled into my neck, across my chest or sleeping on top of  my head. Miss our little talks where her head would tilt side to side trying to figure out what I was saying, yet some how she always seemed to know.

Give it time is what others say, but time will not bring back my little one. A part of my heart will always be with her.  Learning to live without her is going to be hard. And I'm always going to miss her.

Yet at the same time there have been moments I would like to get a dog.  For many years while Angel was still alive I wanted to bring another dog into our world, but her health had ups and downs so there never seemed like a good time. Plus immune system issues and always worried another dog would upset that. She was always our first priority. 

But now even though I miss her terribly, still wonder if it would be okay to bring another dog into our life?  Some people wait years others choose to get a dog right away.  Angel opened my world to the beauty and love of dogs. She enlightened us to how many dogs need good homes. And honestly cannot imagine my life without dogs running around, but just hope Angel would not feel as if she was being replaced. I feel guilty for even thinking about getting a dog, yet hope she would understand. Truth is she could never, ever be replaced.  Angel will always hold a special place in my heart and soul, she will always be my first love!

Meanwhile, there have been family parties. My niece celebrated her sixth birthday. And my sister had a gallbladder attack on the day of her party.  She worked so hard to make the party perfect for my niece then ended up spending most of it in her bedroom sick and curled up in pain.  There is something so helpless feeling about seeing the people you love in pain.  Wanted her to go to the er, but the great mommy she is didn't want to ruin the party. Though the doctor did say if it happens again she is to go to the er. 

Caught up with mother for lunch and a little shopping. We went to Olive Garden, where I had the most delicious vanilla soda.  Not really a soda drinker but this was delicious. My mother is still missing her little Scottie as well. She can relate to all the emotions.  Though so can my sister who lost her faithful greyhound a few years ago, but she was down the shore so she could not join us.

Also have been busy gardening and working outside.  The man reseeded the lawn and I planted a bunch of container gardens.  Already a bird made a nest in one of the fern hanging baskets. Of course there is a special place for little one as well, a Westie statue with beautiful pots of petunias around it.  And also found beautiful Angel solar powered lights, their colors are the spectrum of the rainbow and continuously change. Thought they would glow white but given the rain bridge poem it makes sense they would glow colors!

We miss our little one so much. There are no words to describe how we feel. Yet understand that life continues on and some how so must we.  She will always be with us in heart, spirit and soul.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Soul Sunday

Every soul is beautiful and precious, is worthy of dignity and respect and deserving of peace, joy and love.

 Namaste is a word often used in yoga classes, and in some cultures it is a customary greeting when people meet or part.  It recognizes the belief that the life force, the divinity, the self or the God in me is the same in all. Acknowledging this oneness with the meeting of the palms, we honor the god in the person we meet.  May it's wisdom fill the soul.

Namaste. My soul honors your soul. I honor the place in you where the entire universe resides. I honor the light, love, truth, beauty & peace within you, because it is also within me. In sharing these things we are united, we are the same, we are one.

Friday, May 16, 2014


I've always pondered and wondered about life, probably more so than the average person.  At times, it's actually kept me up, not to mention drives me crazy.  There are questions that may not get answered in this lifetime such as....How was earth created?  Why do bad things happen to good people? Why do people and animals have to suffer?  Why does bad/evil exist and where does it come from?  Do we each have a purpose?  And the biggest question of all do God and heaven exist?

These questions have become even more prevalent after losing my little Angel a week ago. To see her suffer broke my heart.  To know that any animal or human suffers invokes the same feeling.  And always leaves me questioning why? 

Wish I could say I had unwavering faith like some, but truth be told the rough moments of life tend to test mine.  Though I try to hold steady in my beliefs and faith there are times where a skeptical side seems to emerge.  That's when those bigger questions seem to come to surface such as....

Why would God let bad things happen to good people?  It's in those moments of suffering where it seems easy to turn away from believing in God and life after earth.  Feelings of anger, anxiety, depression, fear, hopelessness, hurt, sadness, sickness, etc., seem to take hold making it hard to feel, find or see good.  Such moments can rock the soul to it's core.

But then to step outside where the beauty and complexity of nature overwhelms....things such as the warmth of the sun, glow of the moon, glistening of the stars, uniqueness of flowers, grass and trees or the unconditional love of an animal or even the intricacy of the human body.  In those moments the soul seems guided back to God and the possibility of good.  Because looking at the intrinsic ways of nature how could one not believe in God or a higher power?

To think of how nature came to be, the little miracles we may not even be aware of.

Miracles that in my opinion could not possibly have come from some big bang, evolution theory but from a higher being such as God.  How God or a higher power came to be is even more mind boggling to ponder. 

And reading some of the astonishing near death experiences that others have to share is truly enlightening and mind opening as well.

May not have the answers to my questions.  Yet believe all any of us can do is to keep living life, do the right things, be kind, speak or stand up for what is right, treat others as we want to be treated, treat our planet and inhabitants with respect, focus on becoming the best possible souls we can, listen to intuition, follow the heart, focus on strengths and talents, find a purpose, help each other, develop strong morals and values, etc. Some how the world needs to peacefully work together.  The world is only as good as we make it right?
When I step outside and find things like this in the midst of our hanging basket, well it's hard not to believe. And maybe what we think of as random actually has some deeper meaning or purpose? 

Maybe this little robins nest is a sign?  Could my sweet, little soul mate Angel be trying to tell me that life goes on and so must we?  Maybe.  Hope and pray that one day I will be reunited with my little Angel and  understand  those answers to my questions

Truth is, even in those intense moments of questioning life.  The moments we feel lost, hurt, in pain or feel as if we can't go on especially without our loved ones....we are given no choice but to.  That is life, and the mystery of it as well.

Einstein said it best "there are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle".  And questions or no questions life simply goes on.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Woof Wednesday

Welcome to Woof Wednesday. Please meet some great dogs from CA, NY, PA and TX all in need of good, loving homes!
 Daggett is a Corgi/Cocker Spaniel Mix.  He is around 3 years old and 18lbs. House trained, good natured, dependable, and easy to live with. Daggett is adapting very well to great foster caretakers. He is polite with guests and great with children and other dogs. Daggett is a dependable, athletic breed and loves games, romps and daily exercise. He learns quickly and responds well to gentle, obedience training with praise and rewards. Daggett is an easy pet to live with. He is very bright and clever. Come see Daggett. He is hoping you will. In the canine heart there is always hope. Please lets find him a loving home!
Daggett - Bells Garden, CA
 Miracle Dog Rescue
Bell Gardens, CA 90201
(323) 383-8883
Summer is an Irish Terrier who 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 great home!
Summer - New York, NY
 Social Tees Animal Rescue
325 East 5th Street
New York, NY 10003
(212) 614-9653
 Tony is a poodle/chihuahua mix, almost 8 pounds, who is a very lovable, smart, little guy. He takes a short while to warm up to strangers, but as soon as he does, he only wants to get in a lap and be cuddled. He gets along with cats and other dogs, likes to play fetch, can stay in a crate at night, eats a little dry food (he is learning) and walks well on a leash. The only thing he needs help with is house-training and people skills. Please lets find him a good home!

Tony - Philadelphia, PA
 Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society
100 N. 2nd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
215-298-9680 ext. 16.
 Jake is a black Labrador mix, about four years old, neutered and all shots.  Very good natured and love belly rubs.  Jill is a pit mix, about four years old, spayed and all shots, very lovable and loves attention.  We are together on here because we really want to stay together.  You see, we have been through some really tough times and really love each other.  Our rescuers took us from a business where the people were not taking care of us.  In fact, there was a third dog that our rescuers wanted to rescue, but he got shot and killed by a mean person just a couple of days before we were rescued. We are being boarded while we go through heart worm treatment and some other medical, and our rescuers wanted to go ahead and put us on the website so that there would be plenty of time for people to see us.  Our rescuers are wonderful people who are spending about $3,000 of their own personal money to have boarded us for three months and heart worm treatment, etc.  If they can't find a foster or a home, we will have to go back to that horrible place of business because our rescuers already have older dogs who will not accept us into their home. Please lets find them a loving home!
Jake and Jill - Houston, TX
 Cats for Life, Inc.
P.O. Box 96394
Houston, TX 77213
Mary Kay  (713) 453-8621
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, May 12, 2014

Monday Musings

A week.  One week how can that be?  It already feels like decades since I've held, kissed, snuggled and touched my little one. My heart and soul deeply hurt. Since losing Angel it feels as if the color has gone out of my world.  

There is nothing else to want to share or write about as she consumes my thoughts right now.  She always has and always will.  When she came into my world 13 years ago never imagined the depth of love I would feel for her, or how she would quickly become my world.

We all knew her diagnosis of Pulmonary Fibrosis was not good.  There are no cures, just treatments as they try to slow the progression and help with symptoms.  She seemed to be responding well to the medicine, which in some way gave me a false sense of hope.  Thought for sure she had more time then just a few months.

Even a specialist we visited seemed hopeful the medication would control it for a while, she told us she had heard worse crackles in the lungs than our little girl's.  After that appointment I felt so hopeful that medicine would manage enough to at least have another year or two with her. I just wanted more time to love, hold, snuggle, play and most of all spoil her! (even though most my family and friends inform me I did a very good job of spoiling her, but in my opinion I wanted to spoil her even more)

Then it happened, constant panting began last Thursday night.  Even though during the day she seemed better each night she would heavily pant.  She had experienced a similar episode two weeks earlier but increasing medicine seem to help it.  But now it seemed she was losing the ability to find comfortable positions to lay and she was only able to sleep two hours at a time, if that.  Snuggling became hard for her. Increased the medicines but it didn't seem to help. Took her to the vet on Saturday they felt her gums were pink which meant she was still receiving enough oxygen.  She suggested pain medicine to help calm down the panting and help her sleep.  It didn't work nor even help a little. Saturday night she was up heavily panting yet again.

Saturday we felt hopeful that maybe things might turn around.  We bought her fresh salmon, donuts and even water ice for the weekend. 

Sunday the panting seemed to increase throughout the day, by evening the little girl who loved food suddenly could not eat nor barely drink. She didn't even want her special treats. Oh how I regret not getting those for her sooner.  Though she got home cooked meal every night we wanted something even more special. We increased the medicine to little avail. That's when I knew things were not good.  She settled down for a little but then things spiraled downwards. She heavily panted, seemed to gasp for air at points, could feel her little body was slowly giving out.  We stayed up all night with her, trying to comfort her in any way we could.  But knew she was suffering terribly and that difficult decision I feared was upon us.

If any one knows or has witnessed someone suffering from pulmonary fibrosis it's a cruel disease.  It basically hardens the lungs making it impossible to breath. The vet even thought she may have developed a lung clot. She was such a sweet, loving girl it just didn't seem fair that she had to even suffer a little. It was so hard to see her in such a state. We held on so tight thinking that maybe love alone could heal her. But the little girl fought hard her entire life with various ailments that we knew it was time to let her experience peace from her suffering.

But now it all seems like some distant dream, that it can't possibly be a reality.  Honestly don't remember life before her and not sure how to handle it without her. A part of my heart and soul is missing.  Life feels so empty, cold, lonely, quiet, etc, without her.  My heart is completely broken. I keep thinking could we have done more, given higher doses of medicine, etc., yet I think deep down it was simply her time.  Yet grief is an interesting thing because it brings an array of emotions up anger, guilt, depression and so on.  Just cannot accept, believe or fathom that she is gone. There are just no words to describe how I feel.  Just miss her terribly.

The house is so quiet without her.  The man and I are trying to deal with it in our own ways.  Some days are more frustrating and harder than others. Neither of us are sleeping much, nor have much appetite.  There's a sense of numbness right now.  Maybe with time the pain will lessen but the missing and longing to be reunited will not.  She will always hold a part of my heart. 

Plan on writing a post about her life, as she was an amazing little soul and her story is such an inspiration. Hope and pray that she is free from suffering now, that she is in the arms of God and that he will reunite us one day. She will always be a part of my heart and soul.  Love you always and forever my little Angel. 

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Soul Sunday

The only way love can last a lifetime is if it’s unconditional. The truth is is not determined by the one being loved but rather by the one choosing to love.
Unconditional love, agape love, will not be swayed by time or circumstances.
The beginning of love is to let those we love be perfectly themselves, and not to twist them to fit our own image. Otherwise we love only the reflection of ourselves we find in them.
 This fire that we call loving is too strong for human minds. But just right for human souls.
 Love… What is love. Love is to love someone for who they are, who they were, and who they will be. Love has nothing to do with what you are expecting to get, only with what you are expecting to give, which is everything.
 Love does not measure, it just gives.  It transcends time and worlds.
 Where there is love there is life.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Woof Wednesday

Woof Wednesday is dedicated to my best friend and little soulmate Angel whom we lost to lung disease this week. Life will never be the same without her. My hope is that other West Highland Terriers will find special, loving homes.

Please meet some great West Highland Terriers from  CA, GA, NY, PA and TX all in need of good, loving homes. In addition there are Westie Rescues all across the country with dogs up for adoption and in need of foster homes as well. 

Wally is a white, 1 - 2 year old, 20 lb., Westie Terrier mix. Such a sad story their mom lost her house due to foreclosure and brought her 2 dogs into the city shelter. She was crying and the dogs were crying when she left Wally and his brother there (Wally's brother got adopted). Wally gets along great with other dogs and cats. He's young and has a lot of energy. He loves to run and play with other dogs and we must place him with another dog around his age and size. He needs a calm, loving environment. He is very affectionate, sweet and adorable. Wally is healthy, housetrained, neutered, current on all vaccines, and micro-chipped. Please lets find him a loving home!

Wally - Marina Del Ray, California

Adopt A Chow LA
P.O. Box 10606
Marina Del Rey, CA 90295
(818) 380-1219
Finn had a rough go of it before he was rescued by Furkids Small Dog Rescue. He was dumped from a car in a rural area where he was attacked by another animal before being turned over to animal control. He was treated for the wounds on his throat while he cleared rabies quarantine, but he had some healing yet to do when Furkids/SmallDog Rescue placed him into a foster home. Although Finn was not terribly underweight when rescued, since being in foster care he now weighs 15 lbs. Finn’s foster family says that he is a shy little boy and sweet as pie, despite having gone through the ringer. Finn is coming out of his shell and getting along with the other dogs in his foster home (he is learning the ropes from his foster brothers and sisters). Finn seems okay with cats, too. If Finn has a feisty Westie side to his character, his foster family hasn’t seen it and he is not a biter. Finn is pretty quiet, but has barked if left out of the action. Finn is not house trained, but his foster family is working on that. Finn would be best suited for someone who is patient because Finn is still very shy and unsure of himself. Please lets find him a great home!

Finn - Alpharetta, GA

SmallDog Rescue and Humane
1520 Union Hill Rd
Alpharetta, GA 30005

This senior female is sitting in animal control shelter hoping for the best.  Please lets find her a home a good home!

Tamcilu A0998656 - New York, NY

 Animal Care and Control of New York City - Manhattan
326 East 110 Street
New York, NY 10029
(212) 788-4000

Malcome is a young male. He is just the nicest boy, super sweet affectionate and great with other dogs. He is so cute. Please lets find him a loving home!

Malcome - West Grove, PA

Greenmore Farm Animal Rescue
West Grove, PA 19390
Belle is young, only 10-12 months old, about 15" tall at shoulders, and weighs 13 pounds (but needs to keep gaining). We call her awesome. Belle loves people, she is very affectionate, loves to snuggle with people! Belle loves to romp, run, and play with other dogs her size.  She has been spayed, current on vaccinations, microchipped, and heartworm tested  Please lets find her a great home!

Belle - Abilene, TX

 Pawed Squad
P.O. Box 7121
Abilene, TX 79608

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, May 5, 2014


Was going to write a more elaborate post but I am simply feeling too much grief to do so today.  Instead going to simply post what I did on my private facebook page.  And when I feel more up to it plan on sharing her amazing story.  For now these are my thoughts.

I'm heartbroken. My sweet Angel, little soulmate and best friend fought so hard but lost her battle with lung disease today. She had such an indomitable spirit....taught me so much about life, happiness and unconditional love. Together we celebrated the good moments and got each other through the rough ones. Don't remember life before her, not sure how to handle life without her. Love and miss you so much my little one. My heart will always wear the paw prints left by you, until we meet again....
 2/20/2001 - 5/5/2014

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Soul Sunday

Today's Soul Sunday is personal as our souls are hurting.  Angel's lung disease seems to be  progressing. She needs not only positive thoughts but prayers.  Prayers for comfort, healing, miracles and to be free of any suffering.  
She is on medicine though lately it seems less effective, we are trying to keep her as comfortable as possible but know in our hearts we face heart wrenching decisions ahead of us.  
During this difficult time prayer is very important as well, not only to God but Saint Francis who is known as the patron saint of animals.  I ask from the bottom of my heart please pray for our little one and all those who also may be suffering.  May they find comfort, healing and be freed from any suffering. Amen.
Novena To Saint Francis Of Assisi

O Beloved Saint Francis,
gentle and poor,
your obedience to God,
and your simple,
deep love for all God's creatures
led you to the heights of heavenly perfection
and turned many hearts to follow God's will.
Now in our day,
in our ministry to the many
who come here searching for peace
and intercede for us
we come before the Lord with our special requests...

(Mention your special intentions here...)

O Blessed Saint of God,
from your throne among the hosts of heaven,
present our petitions before our faithful Lord.
May your prayers on our behalf be heard
and may God grant us the grace
to lead good and faithrful lives.


Saint Francis of Assisi, pray for us.

Heavenly Father, please help us in our time of need. You have made us stewards of [N.]. If it is Your will, please restore him/her to health and strength. I pray, too, for other animals in need. May they be treated with the care and respect deserving of all Your creation. Blessed are You, Lord God, and holy is Your name for ever and ever. Amen.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Unpredictable Weather

When it comes to precipitation, it appears Spring is not all that different than Winter around here.  While winter was filled with snow each week, Spring has been filled with rain.  Few days of incessant heavy rain has left everything flooded. 

Rivers, lakes, streams all over flowing.  Roads and even some schools are closed.  In addition, our backyard and basement are filled with water as well. The good thing about all this rain is we planted grass seed so the rain has saved us the cost of having to water. Hopefully the sun stays out for a little so the grass seed can start sprouting!

Seems crazy that parts of the west coast are experiencing droughts and dust storms when the east coast has been barraged by precipitation.  Of course the midwest and south that have been dealing with not only flooding rain but tornadoes. 

And though yesterday was cold, rainy and heat was needed, today is the complete opposite sunny, warn and windows open. Just never know what the weather will bring, guess it's an analogy of sorts for life as well.

Weather is a constant reminder that there are many things beyond our control.  What causes all this extreme weather could be debated or chalked up as a mystery that we may never fully understand.  Guess we simply need to learn to appreciate the sunny days and try our best to get through the storms.

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