Wednesday, December 31, 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!

Snoopy is a Chihuahua mix just sitting in the local county shelter hoping to find a family to call his own. Please lets find him a loving home!

Snoopy A4782101 - Downey, CA

Los Angeles County Animal Control - Downey
11258 South Garfield Avenue
Downey, CA 90242
(562) 940-6898

Talia is an affectionate, kissy two year old brown female Terripoo who was found in Compton and brought to the Downey Shelter on December 3rd. Weighing seventeen pounds, Talia has basic leash skills and is probably housebroken. She prefers people to other dogs and would probably be happiest as an only dog. Talia is a a delightful indoor pet for anyone in any living situation. Please lets find her a great home!

Talia A4781239 - Downey, CA

Los Angeles County Animal Control - Downey
11258 South Garfield Avenue
Downey, CA 90242
Sandra at 323-350-7207 or 562-940-6898

Jetson is a Beagle who is snuggable, huggable Jet is so endearing and full of life; he could make you smile and laugh in the middle of a hurricane. You just can’t help but to adore him this little bucket of mush. His mottled, red and black merle coat is quite unique and not a lot of white on him for a beagle. Jet also happens to be smart and full of enery and some good-natured mischief! He needs regular walks and trips to the dog park as well as place to rest his head while he acclimates himself to big city life and patiently awaits for a forever family. Jet is 5 years old and weighs 18lbs good with cat's, kids and dogs. Please lets find him a good home!

Jetson - New York, NY

People for Paws Rescue, Inc.
New York, NY 10022

This petite and sweet girl is Gidget, a 5 1/2 year old Border Collie/ Cattle Dog mix. Her owner, who was a dear friend and fellow rescuer, passed away unexpectedly, leaving Gidget and her siblings without a home. This wonderful woman dedicated her life to rescuing dogs of double merle breeding (lethal white). When Border Collies and Australian Shepherds are bred to get the beautiful merle coloring, 25% of the puppies come out hearing and/or visually impaired. Gidget is a sensitive soul. She has taken her owner’s death very hard. You can see the sadness in her eyes. She’d love a new owner or family to help make her feel safe and loved again. She is an active, playful girl – has lived with 5 other dogs and 7 cats and was always kind and gentle to all. She does not seem to be a fan of children though. Gidget would do well in a home with or without other pets. She does hear, and has slightly diminished vision in one eye, but you’d never know it. True to her breed, she does have herding tendencies and can tend to be very talkative.Herding dog experience is a plus, and a fenced in yard is a must. Please lets find her a loving home!

Gidget - New York, NY

Zani's Furry Friends
NYC, NY 10002
Jeannie at

Charlie is a Poodle/Terrier mix. Hard to believe that Charlie was found wandering the streets by himself. This little guy doesn't venture far from you so it's hard to imagine that he got lost. He will follow you around the house so that he doesn't miss anything or maybe it's just that he doesn't want to be lost again. Charlie is an easy going guy who likes to relax next to you and put his head on your lap. He is good with other dogs and would prefer to be in a home with older children. Charlie is working on his housebreaking and should have it mastered soon. Come and meet this loyal man you won’t be disappointed. Please lets find him a great home!

Charlie - Newtown Square, PA

Animal Coalition of Delaware County, Inc.
(Mailing only) 3553 West Chester Pk #144
Newtown Square, PA 19073
(610) 876-1479
Hachi is a beautiful white colored Shepherd/Spaniel mix who is about 1 1/2 years old and 55 lbs. His favorite activities include trips to the dog park, playing fetch, going for walks in the neighborhood, and cuddling with his foster parents. Hachi is crate trained and house trained. He is an energetic boy and would do well in a home with or without other animals but definitely needs daily exercise and attention. Hachi is a quick learner and has so far learned to sit, lay, and enter his crate on command. Hachi's zealous smile is infectious and he will surely bring a great deal of joy to his new family. Please lets find him a good home!

Hachi - Houston, TX

Homeless and Orphaned Pets Endeavor
210 W Lane Drive
Houston, TX 77027
(713) 662-4673

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, December 29, 2014

Monday Musings

Christmas was filled with lots of fun.  Christmas eve is when my whole family usually gets together.  We played my parents new wii, took some photos, opened presents, tried to keep up with Cooper and overall enjoyed the moments together.  My niece and I smoked the men in bowling.  She is just getting over strep so wasn't exactly herself but she seemed to love the easy bake oven we gave her.  This year I also cooked the dinner, menu consisted of baked ziti, stuffed shells, garlic sticks and hot roast beef sandwiches.  Followed by a golden stuffed oreo ice cream cake.  Best part iswe also had lots of delicious leftovers!

Christmas day the man and I opened gifts in the morning, then he went to his mothers house in Long Island for a few days.  His mother doesn't allow dogs so I usually stay home.  Being it was Cooper's first Christmas I wanted to be with him.  Plus he's a little bit of a handful as he is still only a puppy, don't feel comfortable yet leaving him with others to watch.  Yup I'm an over protective mommy. : )

Some holidays the man and I haven't always exchange gifts yet it kind of felt like something was missing.  Probably because years ago thought he was going to surprise me with a ring on Christmas, the disappointment of that left me not wanting to exchange gifts for a while.  Not that gifts make the holiday, but it's nice to receive little presents from the one you love.  Though our gift giving styles are different so sometimes our expectations are different than what the other comes up with. But we some how got back to the tradition.

This year he came up with a yoga dvd, small water fountain, yankee candles, Flyers tee....though still not sure when my favorite quarterback is Matt Ryan and team the Eagles how he came up with a Peyton Manning Broncos jersey which happens to be his team. ha

While he went home on Christmas, Cooper and I went to my parents house where we had a nice turkey dinner.  We also played wii as I bought my dad some sport games which he wanted to try. With the dizziness I can usually play the basic sports games but not anything crazy that involves a lot of movement like mario cart or dance off.  We had a great time playing shuffle board, think it might just be my dad's favorite so far.  He is a competitive game player!

Friday involved cleaning house in the morning, then settled in on the couch for a Fixer Upper marathon.  Love the show, and both their styles.  With the man gone the tv was all mine. Come evening I even watched a movie, Endless Love.  I'm a sucker for romance. Didn't even know who Alex Pettyfer was before this but I found him to be quite attractive, dare I say eye candy?  The writing could have been better but watching him was enjoyable. ha

Saturday the man arrived home, we pretty much just spent the day chilling on the couch watching sports, and eating leftovers.  Penn State won their bowl game in overtime, yeah! Sunday my mother and I got up early to return some gifts.  Which was a great idea because we were able to get in and out without any crazy crowds.  Spent the rest of the day napping and watching football. 

Today I started off with a plan to organize rooms but it hasn't exactly panned out.  Seeing the man lounge on the couch some how made me feel less motivated. Could be that the winter hibernation mode is starting to set in.  Who knows, but before the dizziness sets in from being on the computer too long this girl is going to go play with puppy boy!

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Soul Sunday

 Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.  Victor Frankl
There may be a virtual guarantee of fulfillment in life, thanks to miracle attitudes.
When you adopt one of the miracle attitudes, you get to feel fulfilled regardless of what is happening around you.  Even extreme misfortune is no match for the miracle attitudes. This cannot be said for ordinary positive attitudes.  Another huge bonus of the miracle attitudes is that they are interchangeable. You can move back and forth among them to discover which is most fitting for whichever situation.
What are these miracle attitudes? Here are three for sure:
Regardless of your external situation, even if very unfortunate, you can always find something to be grateful for. Why is this true? Because there is always a worse scenario than the one you are in, if you are still alive.
Gratitude for what you have, or how lucky you are, is an instant cure for a bad mood. As soon as you realize you can be grateful, your spirits lift and you begin to see life differently. Again, there is rarely, if ever, a circumstance when gratitude is not an option.
If you are continually grateful, however, does that mean you’re just an unrealistic fool?
Some people worry that too much gratitude will blind them to reality. On the contrary, gratitude helps you face reality with a more open mind.  You can look at the worst situation, find something to be grateful for, then proceed to solve the problems in front of you while feeling good.

I can’t think of one situation that compassion would not improve. In fact, compassion may be the universal salve. And it is always available.
Even Victor Frankl, who lost his entire family to the Nazis and endured years of torture in a concentration camp, found compassion in the midst of his darkest days. In fact, he refused to judge his captors, the murderers of his family, and found freedom and strength in his compassion for them.
Frankl was freer than his Nazi overlords because his compassion released him of resentment and inner misery.  If Frankl can find freedom and compassion in a torture camp, you can find it in your family and among your friends, neighbors and colleagues.
Compassion is the ability to put yourself in another’s shoes, see them as people, and understand their plight. When you do this, your inner self is moved toward love and acceptance, as opposed to resistance and resentment.  Compassion is an attitude, not a behavior. To be compassionate, you do not need to be agreeable. You just need to understand and sympathize.  You can stand up for your rights, say no, respectfully decline and even lead an all out rebellion while maintaining compassion.
Hope is a special attitude because you can muster hope regardless of external circumstances and hope is its own reward. You can lack faith, lack belief and lack all evidence, but hold onto hope.
Hope is not useful merely when the odds are against you, however. You can fill yourself with hope that things will turn out for the best in every situation. Doing so will put you in the right mental state to guarantee greater fulfillment.  The arch-enemy of the miracle attitudes is self-sabotage. Self-sabotage steers you in the opposite direction of happiness and would have you choose the least healthy option.
Gratitude, compassion and hope are always available to reframe any situation and reorganize your thinking, so do not allow self sabotage to ruin your chances of experiencing these miracles every day.
 Todays inspiration comes from Mike Bundrant  co founder of the iNLP Center, author of Your Achilles Eel: Discover and Overcome the Hidden Cause of Negative Emotions, Bad Decisions and Self Sabotage. 

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from our family to yours.  Hope it's filled with lots of laughter, love and happiness.  May we all remember the true meaning of Christmas. 

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Woof Wednesday

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

Rusty is a calm two year old white male Norfolk/Westie Terrier mix who was found in La Mirada on December 15th and brought to the Downey Shelter. Weighing seventeen pounds, Rusty preferred to be carried than walk on leash and his handler happily obliged. After a bit he seemed to feel more secure and was quite interested in all the volunteers out at the photo shoot today. He is friendly, gets along fine with the other dogs in his kennel and we think he will do super with children. Rusty is an awesome indoor pet for anyone in any living situation. Please lets find him a loving home!

Rusty A4784588 - Downey, CA

Downey Animal Shelter
11258 S Garfield Ave
Downey, CA 90242
Viri at 626-318-2038 or 562-940-6898

Victor is a Chihuahua/Dachshund mixThis little boy was left on the road all alone.. He was past around from house to house till one day there was no more that wanted him. He is a sweet boy, shy, good with other dogs and really loves his person. He loves to curl up on the couch and get some well needed love. He  is crate trained. Victor is about 3 yrs old.  All he wants is a forever home. If you have room in your home and heart this guy would be a perfect companion.  Please lets find him a great home! 

Victor - Tampa, FL

 Lost Angels Animal Rescue, Inc.
P.O. Box 260212
Tampa, FL 33685
(813) 514-0595 
Hershey is a gorgeous, female, Chocolate/white Lab mix whose time at a high kill shelter was coming to an end. Hershey is approximately 2 years old, 50 lbs, up to date with shots, and spayed. Hershey is super sweet, submissive and good with other dogs. Please lets find her a good home!
Hershey - Willingboro, NJ
 Burlington County Animal Alliance
7 Pioneer Way
Willingboro, NJ 08046
(609) 880-1235
Lorraine Schrieber

Charlie is a lemon Treeing Walker Coonhound. A comedian, with a great sense of humor and a big lust for life.  He can be a little clumsy, and bounces and jumps like a flea when he plays. He’s 45lbs and around two or three years of age, this handsome fellow will steal your heart.  He needs an active family that has the time, energy, and commitment to give him the attention and love that he needs to be a wonderful companion for years to come. Charlie is neutered, up to date on vaccines and preventatives and ready to find a family to love.  Please lets find him a loving home!

Charlie -  New York, NY
  Charlie (Sir Charles)
 People for Paws Rescue, Inc.
Carlotta is a Australian/German Shepard mix.  She is a lovely old soul. She is easy going and loves her people. She is good with dogs, kids, housebroke, leash trained, and loves to ride! She is 55 lbs. and a healthy lady.Carlotta was brought into rescue with matted hair and had to be shaved, her foster mom saw the love and life in her eyes, even though she is the ripe old age of 10, she has plenty of years to give joy and happiness to a family. She will be a great companion. Please lets find her a great home!
Crossing Paths Animal Rescue
Yardley, PA 19067  

Raif is a Labrador Retriever. He is a happy guy looking for his happy place. He is definitely best friend material. He is sweet, smart, attentive, calm (when you want me to be), but also likes to romp and play. His fur is soft and silky so you'll want to pet him all the time, and he loves to roll over for lots of belly rubs. He doesn't know why his family gave him up as he is cute as can be.  He may be over 50 lbs but that doesn't mean he can't be a lap dog.  He is great with other dogs and kids too.  He loves water, toys, taking walks and watching sports on TV.  Please lets find him a good home!

Raif - Houston, TX

Red Collar Rescue
Houston, TX 77002

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, December 22, 2014

Monday Musings

The week seemed to involve a lot of errands, especially finishing up Christmas shopping.  Of course the places that would normally be empty at 10 am on a weekday are now packed with holiday shoppers.  I'm not one for crowds when it comes to shopping as the lines just get to be too much and parking lots seem to have crazy drivers.  Plus some times I feel like the true meaning of Christmas gets lost amongst the frenzied shopping.

Been itching to do festive things to get more in the holiday spirit, the Philly area has some cool outdoor holiday fun.  Even two outdoor ice skating rinks, one of which happens to be surrounded by small European type holiday shops.  The man seems to have little interest, if it doesn't involve sports forget about it. ha

Friday thought we could do a little shopping, followed by dinner. But the man was only up for one.  Ba hum bug.  Given he actually has more free time than ever before thought he would  be open to do anything.  At least he agreed to go out to dinner, even tried a new Mexican restaurant.  Where he actually had one of the specials a grasshopper burrito.  Taste wise it was okay but the legs made it hard to chew.

Saturday involved sports, Nova game followed by Eagles.  Eagles are now officially out of the playoffs.  Ugh finally a team I like, great coach and some new qb's but still not enough wins!

Sunday my mother and I ran a few early morning errands trying to beat the crowds.  Surprisingly the stores were not too crowded yet, we were able to get in and out. 

Went to go back out later in the day and my car would not start.  So basically spent a few hours dealing with it....AAA came out only to say he tested battery and thought it needed to be checked out in a shop.  The guy made it sound like it was something more serious than just the battery.

Luckily my neighbor across the street happens to work at a shop right around the corner.  So got it towed there.  My neighbor felt the AAA guy probably just didn't want to deal with it on a cold night.  In fact, he had the car back to me by noon. 

Cleaned house, groomed Cooper and went to the mall today which was crowded but bearable.  Even made some home made pizza.  Now I just want to put on the pjs and snuggle into a warm blanket.  Don't even feel like posting a photo for now.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Soul Sunday

The true meaning of Christmas.

8And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. 10And the angel said unto them, Fear not; for, behold, I bring you tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. 11For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. 12And this shall be a sign unto you: Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. 13And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, 14Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace and goodwill towards men.

 Inspiration take from the annunciation to the shepherds scene from from the Gospel of Luke, chapter 2
, verses 8 through 14, as translated by the Authorized King James Version.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Scalloped Potatoes

This is a basic scallop potato recipe.  Actually used rice milk which worked fine.  Overall like the simplicity of this recipe but would suggest sautéing some onions to boost the flavor up a notch. I also like to up the temperature toward the end of cooking to 375 for about 15 minutes.

Scalloped Potatoes

4 cups thinly sliced potatoes
3 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons flour
1 1/2 cups milk
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
1/2 cup grated cheese, to sprinkle on top

  1. In a small sauce pan, melt butter and blend in flour.
  2. Let sit for a minute.
  3. Add all of cold milk, stirring with a whisk.
  4. Season with salt and cayenne.
  5. Cook sauce on low until smooth and boiling, stirring occasionally with a whisk.
  6. Reduce heat and stir in cheese.
  7. Place a half of the sliced potatoes in a lightly greased one quart casserole dish.
  8. Pour half of cheese sauce over potatoes.
  9. Repeat with second layer of potatoes and cheese sauce.
  10. Sprinkle the remaining cheese on top.
  11. Top with some paprika for color.
  12. Bake uncovered for about 1 hour at 350°F.

Friday, December 19, 2014


Life always involves choices. Probably one of the hardest aspects of life is trying to figure out how to make the right choices, if there even is such a thing.  While we are free to make choices, we are not free from the consequences of those choices.  And every choice has a consequence, whether good or bad. 

It's been said the best way to make a choice is to follow you heart., or listen to your intuition.  Which is probably good advice, but even it has been known to fail.  Besides what if the heart is torn between two choices, or intuition clouded....what then?

Over the past few years I've struggled with making some choices.  Wanting to make the right ones but not quite sure what the right ones look like.  Personally speaking I've have made choices I second guessed in the past, so not wanting to feel that way again can lead to a stagnation of sorts.  

There are moments where I feel stuck in indecision.  Sometimes it's hard to follow the heart, or one's intuition.  Especially when it means a choice could cause you to lose things that bring happiness. Of course feeling stuck between choices is not exactly ideal either. 

When it comes to making important decisions, putting aside the heart and intuition, think the best way to go about such choices is to make a pro and con list.  Sometimes it can help bring more clarity.  Of course though it brings clarity, it does not bring courage. That's the thing with choices, sometimes they involve a whole lot of courage. And faith helps too.

I've made pro/con list, have had an idea of what the heart wants and intuition is trying to say, but it's just a matter of having the courage and faith to make the choices. Not only make the choices but create a plan of action to help them along.  Do I have the courage to make some of those changes, suppose only time will tell.

And sometimes you just have to stop worrying, wondering and doubting.  Have faith that maybe things will work out, maybe not how you planned, but just how it's meant to be.  Maybe that's why it was so hard to make a decision in the first place because neither was meant to be. 

Nature is a great example of this, some times there is a clear cut path and sometimes there isn't. 

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Christmas Spirit

He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree.

Such wisdom in those words.  It's what the Christmas spirit is all about.  Such things as love, kindness, giving, sharing, generosity come to mind.  A feeling I wish could be bottled and shared throughout the whole year.

Truth is Christmas is not as much about opening presents as it is about opening our hearts.  

Throughout the years commercialism and materialism have seemed to take Christmas to different levels.  Often times focusing more on the gift giving aspects of the holiday.  Gifts are nice, especially when there is special meaning within a gift.   But they are not the true essence of Christmas.  Not sure some even realize Christmas signifies the birth of Jesus, yet it is how Christmas came to be.

Christmas has also come to signify family gatherings, special foods, seasonal music, festive decorations and celebrations of all kinds. Though for those without family, who have lost loved ones or struggling with other issues it can also be a very lonely and sad season.  Of course there will always be scrooges as well.  

Some years I admit haven't always been in the Christmas spirit either.  But since Christmas only comes once a year it seems silly not to at least try to appreciate it.  To let oneself feel the magic and spirit of the holiday season. Here are some great ideas for getting into the Christmas spirit. 

Christmas Movies 

“It’s a Wonderful Life,” “Miracle on 34th Street,” are noteworthy classic Christmas movies sure to deliver holiday cheer.  There are also Christmas cartoons such as “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “Frosty the Snowman,”and “The Polar Express,”.

Christmas Foods

Favorite Christmas food and beverages might help you get into the holiday spirit. Eggnog, spiced cider and peppermint tea. Christmas desserts such as gingerbread and cookies are perfect to bring fond memories of holidays past. Don’t forget to share your holiday food to bring cheer to those around you.

Christmas Outings

Nothing brings holiday cheer like Christmas lights. Drive around your town and look at all the lights and displays.  Head to the local ice skating rink to get some exercise while enjoying the holiday season. Attend the local Christmas parade and enjoy the floats, carolers and fanfare. The excitement from the crowd will help you catch the Christmas spirit.

Christmas Decorating

Decorate your home inside and out. Put lights on your house and place Christmas yard art on the lawn to bring cheer to yourself and neighbors. Hang Christmas stockings and fill them with small gifts. Purchase a live Christmas tree and spend an evening decorating it. Send out Christmas cards to let others know you care. 

May the Christmas spirit find you this season.  Happy Holidays.

Christmas Volunteering

Get out of the house and volunteer. Help local places collect toys and clothing for those in need. Donate to other toy drives or adopt a family for Christmas that needs extra help with food or gifts. Serve in a food kitchen or hand out blankets and scarves to those on the street.


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Woof Wednesday

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

 Trinket is an adorable two year old white female Terrier mix who was found in Walnut Park and brought to the Downey Shelter. Weighing fourteen pounds, Trinket has mastered basic leash skills. She has a medium energy level and gets along with all comers, human and canine alike, and we think she would be good with cats. She will also look spectacular after a good grooming. Trinket is a perfect indoor pet for anyone in any living situation, and is ideal for an older person or someone who works from home and is looking for a companion.  Please lets find her a loving home!

Trinket A4781390 - Downey, CA

 United Hope for Animals
Pasadena, CA 91102
Viri at 626-318-2038 or 562-940-6898
Cutie Pie is a Terrier mix who desperately needs to find a home not sit scared in a shelter that is overwhelmed with dogs.  Please lets find her a great home!

 Cutie Pie A4783932 - Downey, CA

 Los Angeles County Animal Control - Downey
11258 South Garfield Avenue
Downey, CA 90242
(562) 940-6898

Noah, a four year old male Great Pyrenees. Noah came to us along with a family of three other Great Pyrenees that were surrendered to a shelter. Noah is a big, beautiful dog weighing in around 90 pounds and with a little time, his weight will top out around 100 pounds. Noah is a classic Great Pyrenees in his demeanor and temperament. He is calm, quiet and reasonably dignified with occasional outbursts of pure silliness. He is well-mannered and good on the leash,and in the home. People have let him down and he is eager to find some who won't. He is sensitive and responsive to his surroundings. He would like a quiet home where he is lavished with the attention he has not received and much deserves. Those who do not have other dogs or dog savvy, patient folks who are practiced with gradual introductions and experienced with sensitive dogs would suit him best until he understands he won't be let down again. A perfect dog in the right home. Anyone interested in this dog needs to have a firm understanding of what a Great Pyrenees is and what it does. This is a flock guardian breed which means his breed was created to guard sheep. Absent sheep to guard, you are his sheep and he will keep a watchful eye over you. Pyrs are low energy dogs and like most other Pyrs, Noah appears to be a sloth much of the time until he is motivated to move. Squirrels are good motivators. The Great Pyrenees breed were bred for independent thinking which means they don't much care what you want sometimes and they have selective hearing when you want them to come inside and stop barking. They are smart, sweet and stoic dogs with sensitive souls and Noah is a classic example. Noah will require a home with a secure fence. For the right family, this dog is an outstanding example of the Great Pyrenees breed and someone is going to be a very happy adopter. Please lets find him a good home!

Noah - Atlanta, GA

Big Fluffy Dog Rescue
 Atlanta, GA 30355


Meet Roxi and Rocky, two young at heart pooches who have been best pals since they were puppies over 10 years ago! Sadly their current owner can no longer take care of these wonderful and devoted friends, and they are in desperate need of a hero who can provide them a stable and loving new home. These caring and obedient buddies love cruising in the car, taking baths, getting towel dried, and meeting new people. Roxi is a female Boston Terrier and Beagle mix, born 9/30/2003. She is very smart and easy going, getting along well with other dogs, kids and strangers. She knows many commands and is just a wonderfully happy, contented pup. She is spayed, housebroken, leash trained, and in good health. Rocky is a male Pug/Beagle mix born 8/8/2004. The poor guy lost an eye when he was three but does not let it dampen his loving spirits. He gets along wonderfully with other dogs, kids, and adults, and just lives for affection. He is also housebroken, leash trained and understands many commands. He is allergic to chicken based dog food but hasn’t had any issues since he was put on a diet of hypoallergenic dog food. Please lets find them a loving home!

Roxi and Rocky - Brooklyn, NY

 Lifelong BFFs Roxi & Rocky
Brooklyn Animal Action
Brooklyn, NY 11215
(877) 415-4889   
 Good golly, Miss Molly, how did a nice girl like you end up in a shelter like this. Poor 8 year old Molly thought she had a home for life until her owner decided she wanted to travel, and her canine companion was cramping her style.  So it was off to the pound for Molly, where luckily the volunteers fell in love with her and made it their mission to find her a real home.Tipping the scales at about 30 lbs., Molly is a homebody who needs someone who’ll encourage her to get out and get moving. Other than a few leisurely potty breaks now and then, she’s perfectly happy to curl up at your feet and help you watch TV. Her other favorite pastime is car rides and she prefers to ride shotgun :-) She knows the “Go for a ride?” drill, and will go right to the passenger side to get in (although you may have to help her up, as she forgets that she's a bit too chubby to jump in by herself). Molly gets along fine with other dogs, although she’s not a fan of the overly energetic, in your face types, and will grumble at them to go away if they annoy her. She’s really more of a people person and much prefers hanging out with her humans than with other dogs, and she pays no attention to cats. She would love a home where someone’s around most of the time, so a retired couple or someone who works from home would be perfect.  Please lets find her a great home! 

Molly - Doylestown, PA
 Miss Molly
Almost Home Dog Rescue
PO Box 132
Doylestown, pa 18901

Ruthie is a a 11-12 week puppy which means she likes to chew on things.  Everybody says they love puppies and want one, but they don't want them to do puppy things. Well guess what, their teeth hurt. They are puppies and like to chew. She also likes to play chase with my foster siblings. They wrestle and play tug of war until we're pooped. Everyone who sees her can't believe... how cute she am.She has lots of wrinkles, because she doesn't  have very much hair yet. It's growing back she had some skin issues but it's getting better. They are not sure what kind of puppy she is am everyone likes to guess, but no one knows for sure. And she hasn't grown very much yet. She looks a little like a pygmy Pit Bull. Or Sharpei, or Frenchie. Whatever, she is the cutest puppy in the whole world. She knows all about house training and rarely have an accident.  Please lets find her a good home!

Ruthie - Houston, TX

K-9 Angels Rescue, Inc.
2125 W Alabama
Houston, TX 77098

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.}

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Monday, December 15, 2014

Monday Musings

Lately I'm not sure what the sun looks like.  Though the weather forecast has been calling for sunshine, it's been cloudy.  Weather could be compared to gambling as it seems there is a 50% probability of getting it right.  All those analytic and statistics that are so robustly suppose to predict outcomes just don't seem accurate half the time. So wondering when the sun might shine.

Saturday the girls gathered at my parents house to make gingerbread houses, and of course Cooper too.  While it didn't exactly go as planned it did garner some good laughs and memories.  My mother was in charge of baking the gingerbread pieces. There is a whole boxed set with each piece of the house.  Basically we buy the gingerbread mix and cook them in the silicone pieces.

My sister usually bakes them but my mother decided to do it.  She kept going on about how long it took her, 3 hours to bake one batch seemed a little long.  My parents kept saying it was because of the silicone material but something didn't seem right.  As we are trying to assembly and frost the pieces of the house together my sister keeps insisting they are too soft.  And after much trying she says the pieces are just too soft it's not going to work.

So my mother feels bad, even though we tell her not to but she decided to go buy some premade gingerbread pieces at the local store.  Meanwhile my sister got a gingerbread house put together with the soft pieces we had but it looked rough.  The roof was caving, wall looked as if were going to crumble and so on.  And while she left the room for a moment, my niece then exclaims it's falling but there was nothing we could do as we watched the house self destruct.  When my sister came back she just looked at the house, at us and we all broke out laughing.

But nothing like the laugh my sister had after reading the directions. I look up to see her tearing up in laughter.  Here the kit was made in Australia which used a different measuring system, including temperatures.  The directions to bake at 170 C mean 350 F here.  But she baked the pieces at 170, that is why they took so long to cook and were too soft.  Yes a story for the ages. ha

Cooper had so much fun running around their big backyard, though he got so fixated on chasing the squirrels that it was me then who had try to chase him to come inside. So I grabbed my big ole purse, said I was going home and he came running.

Speaking of Cooper he received some early Christmas presents.  A bow tie for the holidays and a snoozer car seat.  Being a puppy he is all over the car, thought it would be safer for everyone if he had his own seat.  Lucky for him they make them raised so he can even look at the window.  Think the guy deserves his own post soon.

Sunday involved the couch and football.  Eagles lost to the pesky Cowboys, that's two in a row, which could dash their playoff hopes.  Of course its sports and there are other scenarios that could help but we won't even talk about that yet.

And yes Monday appears to be turning into clean the house day.  Cleaning and errands, fun stuff.  While it's probably getting completely repetitive to hear I really wish the man would do more house work.  Only been saying that for over two years, and thinking it for way longer. Continue to watch other neighborhood men work on their houses inside and out, longing that the man will some how see them, take note and feel motivated to do the same.  A girl can dream right? (or maybe find a buff handy man for hire to do the work) Just joking, I think. haha

Before I devour the whole bag of Goldfish French Toast Grahams that I happen to be eating while writing this I better get back to working. But not before I share our gingerbread house shenanigans.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Soul Sunday

The most simple things can bring the most happiness.
If you tune in to television, magazines, movies, billboard ads you will hear messages and see images that tell you what you need to have, or be, to enjoy life. Things like:

– New luxury automobiles
– Big, new house
– Vacation on some expensive, exotic island
– Drinking $1000 bottle champagne
– Designer shoes and bags
– Signature perfumes
– Top of the line gadgets
…the list goes on and on and on. 

So you set your life in pursuit of these material possessions. You spend days and nights on how to have more money so you can buy more things. Finally, after many stressful months (or even years) you have saved enough to buy what you have convinced yourself you need.

For a time, you believe that you are happy and couldn’t want anything more. But soon you discover that the pleasure you have experienced from acquiring has dimmed and your attention is diverted to a shiny, exciting, new toy. And the cycle begins again…

All these, you should realize, do not really bring you lasting joy. So, how can you find more joy in the simple things? Here are three ways to start:

1. Take a moment to reflect and define your “wants” from your “needs.” Investing on the latter will give you long term happiness and enjoyment.

2. Be mindful of each simple act. Sometimes you feel burdened by the routine of making dinner. But when you think that your cooking will fill the stomachs of your loved ones, you’ll find the task less taxing.

3. Be mindful of your surroundings. When was the last time you were amazed by the stars in the sky? You used to enjoy gazing at them for countless of hours when you were a kid… Walk barefoot in your garden. Feel the sun warming your skin.

There are so many things that can give you long lasting enjoyment.

And usually, these things are free and they are always simple.

Thursday, December 11, 2014


The other day found myself tweeting about Ink Master and how it appears I'm watching too much as one of the tattoo artists, with the judges appeared in my dreams. Of course the guy is attractive so suppose that helps when it comes to a dream. Back to the show though.

In the beginning wasn't sure how much I would like Ink Master.  But I've come to really like it. As an artist I appreciate seeing the work the artists create, and the level of talent each holds.  Like anything else each artist seems to have niche, it's interesting to watch when they have to go outside it.

Unlike other reality shows they don't spend a lot of time focused on anything but the actual tattooing.  While they all have to share a house together there isn't much shown on that aspect.  Occasionally it will show conversations between people but it usually always involves tattooing.

As of now I don't have one tattoo, nor am I a huge fan of bodies covered in them.  Though don't mind a few here or there.  In fact, depending on the design there are some I really like.

If I thought I wouldn't get tired of the same tattoo then probably would even have one by now.  For instance usually wear the same jewelry, eventually when I tire of it find something new.  Or if I feel like going bare then I simply don't wear it.

But with tattoos that is not an option as it's permanently on the skin, and I'm all for the clean look so not sure I could get used to something permanent that I could not change up. Then again a tattoo with meaning is something I think would be not only be awesome but special. 

It's something I've given serious thought to.  A tattoo involving Angel would mean the world to me.  A way to incorporate all she means.  Whether it be a realistic image, wings, paw print, her name, but something very symbolic.  What better way to hold someone close.

Another idea I have always loved is a quote or word that has special meaning.  Think this type would be better some where highly visible as a way to inspire. But either option I would want someone very creative who could design something amazing.

If you like tattoos, or just art I would recommend watching the show.  It's on Spike TV network.  The show is wrapping up it's current season, but there should be another one soon and it's always on demand to catch up with as well.  Would you get a tattoo, and if so what of?

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Woof Wednesday

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

Lillith is a Jack Russell/West Highland Terrier mix. She is a graceful two year old white and tan spayed female who was found in Compton and brought to the Downey Shelter recently. Weighing ten pounds, Lillith is a cheerful, affectionate, attention loving girl who is in the process of obedience training. She is wonderful with other dogs and probably with children as well, and she will look like a star after a good grooming. Lillith is the perfect indoor pet for anybody in any living situation. Please lets find her a loving home!

Lillith A4781023 - Downey, CA

United Hope for Animals
Downey, CA 91102
Frosty is a a 1-2 year old West Highland Terrier mix. She was abandoned by her owner and I doesn't understand why. She is friendly, active and very affectionate. She is playful and gets along with other dogs just fine. Frosty is really cute. Please lets find her a great home!

 Frosty - Middletown, NJ

 Mostly Shepherds Inc.
Mostly Shepherds P.O.Box 694
New Monmouth, NJ 07748
(732) 671-3708
 Lady is a purebred Foxhound, who is an absolute doll.  She is delightful and actually very comical.  She never stops wagging her tail and loves playing by herself or with the other young dogs in her foster home. (She has too much energy for the older furkids) She would do great as an only dog, or if there is another dog in the home, they must be young because Lady is very active and loves to play hard, but friendly with other dogs.Lady weighs about 40 lbs., she's spayed and up to date on all her vaccines and housebroken.  Please lets find her a good home!

Lady - Willingboro, NJ
 Lady Fox
 Burlington County Animal Alliance
7 Pioneer Way
Willingboro, NJ 08046
(609) 880-1235
Sue Coculo
Morgan is an adorable Hound mix puppy who is very loving and sweet! This cutie pie weighs 17 pounds currently; she will be medium to large adult. She gets along with other dogs and she will do well with an active family without very young kids. She’ll need some extra confidence building because she is a little shy. Her new family will need to continue her housebreaking and obedience training; we recommend group puppy classes for the whole family.  Please lets find her a loving home!
Morgan - New York, NY 
 Morgan (Manhattan)
 Bideawee Inc. Manhattan
410 E. 38th St. between 1st Ave. & FDR Dr.
New York, NY 10016
(866) 262-8133

 Johnny and Jack are Labrador Retriever mixed brothers who are 12 weeks old.  They were an owner surrender along with his brother Jack. They have been in the same foster homes together where there have been around 2 adult dogs. They love to play and have lots and lots of energy. They are good coming along great with the house training and are crate trained overnight. The love their walks and to play with toys. Please lets find them a great home!

Johnny and Jack - Elmsford, NY
Johnny Jack
 Pets Alive Westchester
100 Warehouse Lane South
Elmsford, NY 10523
(914) 372-7433
Squeaker is a 1 year old Terrier mix who was found as a stray, with a matted and dirty coat, but after some spa treatment and grooming, she is squeaky clean and looks like a new dog. A typical puppy, she relishes attention and wants nothing more than a family to love. She's the perfect pet to to cuddle up with on a cold night.  Please lets find her a good home!
Squeaker - Philadelphia, PA
 Street Tails Animal Rescue
Liberties Walk
Philadelphia, PA 10147

Molly and Abby are Dachshund girls.  Molly is a 14-year-old, 10 pound, black and tan girl looking for a new home. Molly is spayed and current on vaccines and heartworm preventative. Abby is a 14-year-old, 17 pound, piebald girl looking for a new home. She's a quiet girl, but likes to talk and rollover for belly rubs.She can stand up like a squirrel on her back legs and speak. They need to be adopted together.  Please lets find them a loving home!

Molly and Abby - Houston, TX

Dream Dachshund Rescue
P.O. Box 591819
Houston, Texas 77259
Katy at 512-646-6324

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, December 9, 2014

25 Ways to Say I Love You

When I came across this short article by Winifred Reilly the other day knew it had to be shared on here.  I've always believed that the little things, especially our actions and behaviors have the power to create great love. Of course both parties have to be willing to do those little things, but when they do it has the power to create a positive, loving relationships.

25 Ways to Say "I Love You" Without Saying a Word
Recently, on a cross-country flight, my husband and I were seated on opposite sides of the aisle. Several times, he leaned toward me to ask, "Would you like a bite of my sandwich?" "Can I get you some water?" Once he offered to share the last bite of his cookie. A while later, he reached over and put his hand my arm, just to say, "Hi."

At the end of the flight the woman next to me said, "Your husband really loves you. I can tell."
And she's right. He does.

As couples, we express love through our everyday actions -- our gestures of kindness, our generosity, our attention, our touch.

We say, "Drive safely." "Take an umbrella." We kiss each other goodnight. And our spouse hears,"I love you," in a way that touches more deeply than words.

We all have our favorite ways to show love. Here are some ideas.

1. Do the stuff neither of you wants to do. Someone has to call the plumber, resolve the mystery charge on the credit card, figure out what in the refrigerator is making that smell. Go ahead. Be the one.
2. Cut your partner some slack. We all forget things, lose things, or screw things up. Why rub it in?
3. Flirt. You're never too old or married too long to make it clear that the two of you have still got it going on.
4. Be patient. Like it or not, sometimes you just have to wait. Skip the eye roll or foot tapping that says, what took you so long? Take a few deep breaths. Relax.
5. Pay attention. As in full-on and undivided. Not every minute of every day, but show up when it counts.
6. Clean up, above and beyond the call of duty. Not your dirty cup? Who cares?
Keep two feet in, especially when things are difficult. Commitment is about staying with your challenges long enough to make things better.
8. Let down your guard. Vulnerability and intimacy are one and the same.
9. Receive and acknowledge your partner's acts of love. The happiest couples are those who notice and respond when their partner reaches out. A thanks or a smile is all that it takes.
10. Stop a fight in its tracks. One of the most loving things you can do is stay calm when your spouse is getting worked up.
11. Look for the humor in those less than endearing behaviors. What's not to love about someone who second guesses the GPS?
12. Leave enough gas in the car, enough hot water for a shower, enough milk for coffee.
13. Make dinner. You don't have to be Julia Child. Simple is fine. Just give it your best shot.
14. Hug back. Kiss back. Smile.
15. Give your partner some space. Space to watch the ballgame in peace. Space to go for a run, call a friend, or curl up with a book.
16. Be willing to sleep with the window open a little more than you like.
17. Be willing to sleep with the window closed a little more than you like.
18. Stay in touch. You're busy. I'm busy. No one is too busy to text xoxo.
19. Your partner wants to go back to graduate school, eat more fruits and vegetables, train for a marathon. Your response: that's great!
20. Be the first one to reach out after a fight. Don't think for a minute that the first person to give ground is admitting fault. Relationships aren't a game of chicken. It takes courage and kindness to yield.
21. Choose at least once in a while not to elbow your snoring spouse. Chances are you'll eventually snore, too.
22. Make your relationship a priority. Relationships don't stay sweet all on their own, year after year. Have a date night, a weekend getaway, keep work hours within bounds. And for goodness sake, when you're together, turn off your phone.
23. Think your partner deserves a standing ovation? Tell someone how talented, smart, loving, gracious she is. How patient he is with the kids. How he makes the world's best pie crust. Make sure he overhears you.
24. Do what it takes to stay healthy and sane.
25. Keep in mind that life is short. Don't waste time holding grudges or focusing on petty upsets that, in the big picture, mean nothing. Focus, instead, on the ways that your relationship is loving and good.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Monday Musings

The week felt busy, especially when it came to running errands and appointments. 

Saturday my sister threw my brother in law a party for his birthday, for his 40th last year they were in Disney World.  So they decided to have a party this year.  It was fun and crazy, as it involved both adults and kids.  Imagine 14 plus kids under the age of 10 running around.  My poor sister had her hands full hosting a party and trying to keep the kids under control. (it's amazing just how many parents at the party let their kids run wild without ever checking on them)

Sunday we went tree picking, as we decided to go with a small real tree. Cooper came along as he loves to go for rides, he is also quite the people person.  It's his first tree so he seem fascinated by everything, including the whole decorating process.  And even had to try to taste the tree water. 

The man and I went to a local place to watch football.  It was like old times, and fun!  We even had some tasty food.  If only the Eagles had won like the man's Broncos.

Mentioned last week about having some tests.  My cardiologist has me wearing a portable ekg monitor.  It's rather bulky, clips on, sticks out and basically makes it hard to do stuff.  It's suppose to be worn for two weeks.  But I developed an itchy rash under the electrodes even though they are suppose to be hypo allergic.  So over weekend had to take it off and slather cortisone cream on but even that hasn't helped much.  Stuck it back on today but if it continues they will have to try another monitor. 

Today involved a lot of cleaning, just wish the man would get more involved as it would make things much easier.  But he doesn't quite get it.  That's a whole other story. haha

At least we had a fun weekend, that's what counts the most!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Soul Sunday

“All that you are is the result of what you have thought.” – Buddha

It’s fairly easy to allow the mind to run on autopilot every waking second. It’s also fairly easy to concentrate on all the negativity in the world. All we have to do is watch the evening news, read the newspaper, or open up our favorite news media app. But what most people do not realize is this type of negativity is actually draining us of vital energy and impacting our moods in a very real way. Resting the mind and concentrating on the good in the universe is key to attracting more positivity in our lives.

Here are 5 natural ways to calm the mind and soul.

1. Look at something out of curiosity

Next time you feel stressed out, pause for a few minutes and pick up something around you. Let’s say it’s your TV remote. Analyze every single centimeter of that remote. Look at all the different colors, notice how it feels in your hand, and feel the texture of all the buttons. Turn the remote around and take notice of every corner, every shape, and then feel the weight of the remote in your hands. How does this calm your mind? When you look at something out of curiosity all your attention goes on that one particular thing. And when your attention becomes focused, your mind cannot think about the stressful thoughts that cause you to feel stressed. Like magic, your mind relaxes and in return relaxes your body.

2. Listen

You may be surprised as to how many sounds your ears actually hear, but because your focus is elsewhere, you are not aware of the multitude of them. Right now stop reading this article for ten seconds and just listen to all the sounds around you……

You will notice many different sounds that you probably did not notice before. You may hear the humming of your ceiling fan, the birds chirping out on your front lawn, or the traffic outside your house. When you take notice of one sound, devote your attention to it. Then another sound will arise – devote all your attention to that sound, and so on.

When you give your full attention to the sounds around you the mind becomes present. It becomes aware. And when you are present and aware the mind becomes relaxed because it is no longer thinking. You will then start to notice that all these individual sounds were, up until this very point, background noise that you didn’t pay any attention to. But when you pay attention to these sounds each and every sound can be a portal that you can use to achieve stillness.

3. Breathe

Just breathe. Stop whatever you are doing for a few seconds and simply take ten long, slow breaths. Use your belly (diaphragm) to breathe rather than your chest. This is actually the way we are meant to breathe. According to Harvard Medical School, shallow breathing from the chest makes you feel short of breath which can lead to anxiety. If we breathe deeply from the diaphragm the body and mind start to relax.

Concentrate on your belly moving outwards as you breathe in and moving inwards as you breathe out. An easy way to make sure this is happening is to simply put your hand on your belly and feel it move outwards and inwards. Breathe slowly and concentrate on the sound you are making as you breathe. Pay full attention to this process and notice how you soon will feel more relaxed, still, and clear.

4. Feel gratitude

So much of the time stress originates from dwelling on the feeling of not having as much as your neighbor has, not being in the physical shape that you want to be in, or not feeling enough appreciation or love. In other words it’s paying attention to what you don’t have as opposed to what you do have. It’s time to take things into perspective and start to give thanks for what you have. Maybe you don’t have as much financial freedom as you would like, but maybe you do have your health. Be thankful for that. Maybe you don’t feel enough appreciation from your spouse but maybe you do from your kids. Be thankful for that. No matter what situations we are going through we always have something to be thankful for.

When we start to feel appreciation for the things we currently have in our life, our mood starts to change and we actually start to attract more things to be thankful for. You cannot be thankful and complain at the same time. Always choose being thankful.

5. Meditate

We have thousands and thousands of thoughts that occupy our minds every single day. Just like our muscles need rest, our minds do too. Meditation does not have to be mysterious. Meditation simply means that you are no longer thinking and are completely absorbed in the present moment. Go to a quiet place and sit in a comfortable chair. Make sure their are no distractions around you and simply start to breathe slowly, in through your nose and out through your mouth. Breathe with your diaphragm and not your chest like we talked about in step number 3.

As you begin to relax, bring your attention to your feet. You’ll start to feel them in some capacity; maybe a little tingle, a little warmth, or coolness. Allow yourself to be engulfed in this feeling. When you are registering how a particular body part feels, your focus will not allow you to simultaneously think about something else.

Afterward, move to your legs until you feel your legs in some capacity. Move upward throughout your whole body, one body part at a time. This is a wonderful meditation that not only rests your mind but also rests your body.You have the ability to greatly reduce stress and anxiety. Resting your mind is one of the most important steps you can take in attracting a healthy life and soul.
  Today's Soul inspiration comes from Jeremy Bennett author of The Power of the Mind.

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