Wednesday, September 30, 2015

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!
This little guy is a Jack Russell/Chihuahua puppy mix.  He is only around 9 months old.  He is sitting at the local animal control hoping to find a home along with so many other dogs.  Please lets find him a loving home!
A4880174 - Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles County Animal Control - Carson
216 West Victoria Street
Gardena, CA 90248
(310) 523-9566
Elliot is a Terrier mix who is around 2 years old.  He needs a family to share all his love with.  Hopefully someone who will spoil him as well. Please lets find him a great home!
Elliot A4869437 - Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles County Animal Control - Carson
216 West Victoria Street
Gardena, CA 90248
(310) 523-9566
Easi King is a Greyhound who is two years old.  He is an absolutely beautiful boy. He is a tad reserved with new people and new situations but once he feels comfortable and secure, he is friendly.  He is a quiet boy who is quite sweet. He walks well on leash. If you give this boy a chance and some TLC, he'll be your best friend.  Easi King will be 2 years old in September.  He is cat tolerant with supervision. Please lets find him a good home!
Easi - Cherry Hill, NJ
Easi King
Greyhound Friends of NJ, Inc.
PO BOX 4416
Cherry Hill, NJ 08034
(732) 356-4370
Snoopy is a Miniature Poodle/Spaniel mix.  He is around 2 years old and 20 lbs.  He is adorable and sweet.  Look at those eyes how can you resist.  Please lets find him a loving home!
Snoopy - New York, NY
Best Friends Animal Society New York
New York City, NY 10011
(435) 644-2001
Ollie is a Labrador Retriever mix.  He is two months old and weighs 11 pounds.  Timid of appearance, Ollie is in fact very attentive of his surroundings and determined. He seems to be incredibly smart.  Furthermore he is social, confident, and very sweet; and he appears to be a fast learner.  Friendly with other dogs, he might be good with cats as well. His home will provide plenty of enrichment and exercise for him and will need to continue the usual puppy housebreaking and obedience training.  We recommend group puppy classes for the whole family. Ollie is indubitably a sublime companion.  Please lets find him a great home!
Ollie - New York, NY
Ollie (Manhattan)
Bideawee Inc. Manhattan
410 E. 38th St. between 1st Ave. & FDR Dr.
New York, NY 10016
(866) 262-8133
Cody is Labrador Retriever who is around 7-8 years old. He is sweet, handsome and healthy.  He is looking for a new home and family to love. Cody was given up due to families issues and his Mom called Brookline to help find him the best home ever. Cody is good with everyone, but may knock over little children when he gets excited. After a few minutes Cody walks good on a leash too. He loves to swim and play with his favorite squeaky toy the Duck. We don't know how Cody is around dogs and cats as he did not get out much to meet them. A home with no dogs and cats would be great or a dog savvy family that would be willing to help Cody learn to live with another dog. Please lets find him a good home!
Cody - Warrington, PA
Brookline Labrador Retriever Rescue
P.O. Box 638
Warrington, PA 18976
(215) 343-6087
Pup Pup is a Terrier mix.  Another guy who is just sitting at the local county animal shelter hoping for someone to save him.  He wants a family and love just like anyone else. Please lets find him a loving home!
 Pup Pup A115688  - Pasdena, TX
 The City of Pasadena, Texas
5150 Burke
Pasadena, TX 77504
(281) 991-0602
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, September 29, 2015

Monday Musings

Weather wise it's been Fall like, rather cloudy too.  And rain is moving in, which kind of is a bummer as there are outside Fall festivities going on around the area.

Find myself missing our old house and neighborhood a lot lately.  It's so hard when you love
something yet have to leave it.  We saw some awesome tiny homes on that Tiny House Hunting show the other night.  They were only 850 square feet but designed with great efficiency, plus everything was new and it just seems like something like that would be perfect for us.  One of them even had a little fenced in yard with garage.

The week was rather crazy.  Cooper had canine manners class again, but it doesn't appear all the treats required for training are agreeing with him.  His stomach has been upset both ways.  This is his second week of being on a bland diet. For dogs a bland diet involves boiled ground beef or chicken with rice.  Though the second week of the diet we are trying boiled potatoes now too.   For now he can't even have his normal treats, so canine manners class looks like it may be on hold. 

I went to pick up my glasses on Thursday only to find out the prescription is still not correct.  So I returned the glasses, and plan on getting a second opinion from another eye doctor.  Though it sucks because it will cost me another copay.  For some reason it's hard to get things done correctly the first time.  Problem is they require a recent prescription to fill new glasses.  So if you don't have a back up pair and the ones you're wearing break it's a huge hassle to get a new pair.

Friday morning we waited around for the handyman to fill some holes but he was running late so we had to cancel.  Then it was off to see the vet again.  They did blood work, took fecal samples, gave us some medicine to try.  Cooper gets nervous when being examined to the point he shakes.  Needless to say he was happy to go home. 

The weekend was quiet.  With the Pope in town so many roads, trains and what not were shut down. People had to have special prepaid tickets to even board local trains.  The security was intense, with high fencing and check points around the perimeter of downtown Philly.

We did some take out Friday from Mad Mex but the service was so bad, they even charged the man wrong that doubt we will be going back.  Saturday involved college football. Cooper woke me up at 5am with an upset stomach again.  Our poor little man.  Once I cleaned him up was able to get a few more hours of sleep. Sunday involved a lot of cooking both for us and Cooper.  Followed by some football and me dozing as I was still tired from the early morning wake up. 

Sunday evening we got some exciting family news that left me speechless. 

Monday has been all about catching up. 

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Soul Sunday

In honor of Pope Francis being in Philadelphia today's Soul Sunday is from an interview in Viva in which he gave his top then list for greater joy in our lives.

Pope Francis: 10 Secrets to Happiness

1. "Live and let live."

2. "Be giving of yourself to others."

3. "Proceed calmly" in life."

4. "A healthy sense of leisure."

5. "Sundays should be holidays. Sunday is for family."

6. "Find innovative ways to create dignified jobs for young people. We need to be creative with young people. If they have no opportunities they will get into drugs"

7. "Respect and take care of nature. I think a question that we're not asking ourselves is: 'Isn't humanity committing suicide with this indiscriminate and tyrannical use of nature?'"

8. "Stop being negative. Needing to talk badly about others indicates low self-esteem. That means, 'I feel so low that instead of picking myself up I have to cut others down'"

9. "Don't proselytize; respect others' beliefs. We can inspire others through witness so that one grows together in communicating. But the worst thing of all is religious proselytism, which paralyzes: 'I am talking with you in order to persuade you,' No. Each person dialogues, starting with his and her own identity. The church grows by attraction, not proselytizing" (Pope Francis has said this before, see
Quotes of Pope Francis)
10. "Work for peace."

I love this picture. As beautiful photography and great lighting for our project. I love the fog that gives the whole picture a blended and soft look to it. The atmostphere seems so somber, and i know the mood for our scene is quite the opposite i think the colors might work??:

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Pope Francis Is Here

Pope Francis has officially arrived in Philadelphia! 

He is officially here for the World Meeting of Families.  He will be leading mass at Cathedral Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul, an address at Independence Hall, Festival of Families on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway that's all just on Saturday.  Sunday involves visit to a local prison and huge public mass on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.  Keeping in mind Pope Francis is 79, and already had a packed filled schedule in Washington and New York before arriving here.

The city has come alive.  A spiritual energy fills the air.

Major highways, streets, bridges, trains, buses, businesses all shut down.  High fencing has been placed around the city with metal detectors at entrances, all trying to keep him safe.  Only certain trains are running into the city, and any one boarding those must have a special papal train ticket.  Local tv stations are broadcasting the events live all day so those who cannot attend event can feel as if they are there.

They city is expecting millions to converge on the city's parkway for the Pope's mass to the public on Sunday.  Pope Francis will be speaking in front of the steps of the Philadelphia Art museum which if you aren't familiar with Philadelphia is the same steps made famous by Sylvester Stallone in the movie Rocky.  In fact they even played the Rocky theme song when he arrived in Philly.  It is known as the Parkway here.

Security is extraordinary, in fact getting a photo of the Pope driving by may be impossible given the high fencing that has been erected around the perimeter of many streets.  Some questioning if it is too over the top, not allowing enough access. Nonetheless the festivities have started and it's hard not to feel filled with emotion.

Pope Francis has been a refreshing and much needed change for the Catholic church.  He is making changes that should have been made centuries ago.  His humility, open mind, kindness, love, the way he chooses to live.....embody what it means to truly lead a life devoted to God.  If you would like to learn more about Pope Francis this link is a great start.  Think we could all learn a thing or two from him. 

It's a day of celebration here in Philadelphia.  In the words of Pope Francis....

"The world tells us to seek success, power and money; God tells us to seek humility, service and love."

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Woof Wednesday

Welcome to Woof Wednesday. Please meet some great dogs from CA, NY, PA and TX all in need of good, loving homes!
Dalilah is a Labrador Retriever/Great Dane mix who is 7 months old and 40 lbs.  She is a sweetheart.  Even though she is a large girl, she is calm, good natured and very affectionate. Dalalah plays well with others and is good with all people and children. She is housetrained too.  Dalilah is learning all the good puppy commands preparing her self for you. Even though Dalilah needs adequate exercise she would love to be a lap dog. Dalilah really needs a forever home.  Please lets find her a loving home!
Dalilah - Bell Garden, CA
Miracle Dog Rescue
Bell Gardens, CA 90201
(323) 383-8883
Anjelie is a Pitt Bull Terrier mix.  She is one year old.  Her eyes say it all, she is sad and lonely just hoping for someone to love.  Please lets find her a great home!
Anjelie - New York, NY
Best Friends Animal Society New York
New York City, NY 10011
(435) 644-2001
 Tiny is Wire Hair Terrier mix who is 9 years old and 9 lbs.  Sadly Tiny's owner became homeless.  Poor Tiny and her doggie brother, Mufasa (also up for adoption) were living in a car prior to being surrendered to Lulu's Rescue for re homing.  Tiny is very shy and cautious when meeting new people but becomes a velcro dog once she trusts you. Tiny is looking for that kind, patient person who will give her a little time to learn to trust, and then be repaid with lots of snuggling and love and devotion.  Tiny is a very special, loving little girl with many years of love and devotion to give to her very special fur ever person. Tiny is good when getting a bath and gets along with cats and other dogs too.  Tiny would love to find a home with a retired person or couple or someone who works from home.  She loves to be with you and is small enough to come with you just about anywhere. She loves to snuggle up on the couch next to you and sleep in your bed at night too.  She's a very sweet girl. Tiny is spayed, house trained, and up to date on vaccines.  Please lets find her a good home!
Tiny - Point Pleasant, PA
Lulu's Rescue
P.O. Box 46
Point Pleasant, PA 18950
Buddy is a Cairn Terrier who is two years old.  He was rescued from the streets of Houston, little Buddy is one of the happiest little guys you will meet.  From the minute he was picked up he has been a playful, loving little bundle of fur. After a short time in his foster home he was adopted to a new family.  Sadly, a year later he was returned to due changed priorities.  He is still such a love bug.  Full of kisses and wanting to please.  He needs a refresher course on house training, but we feel that is due to his stress with the major changes recently.  All he needs is a little patience and love.  And he has so much to give in return.  He will stare in your eyes with a look that says thank you for loving me.  Please lets find him a loving home!
Buddy - Houston, TX
Adopt A Rescued Friend, Inc
P. O. Box 62736
Houston, TX 77205
(832) 539-4004
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, September 21, 2015

Monday Musings

Weather here has turned cooler and much more Fall like.  After all the 95 degree days it actually feels refreshing. But let's talk about more important things.

Signed online to see this daily message "Thinking big but acting small is the same as thinking small.  Shiver me timbers, the universe.  And reading this while nodding in wholehearted agreement, yet not doing all you can, with all you have, from where you are in the days that follow is the same as not reading this."

Hello, that message is speaking to me.  I'm guilty of the above for sure at times.  There are a million things I could tell you got in the way, ugh but that would sound so lame right.  It's the truth though sometimes life feels like it stands in the way of the things we truly desire or should be doing.  Why do we let that happen?  Life is so short, and we probably spend a majority of our time consumed with things that in the grand scheme don't mean all that much.

I for one am great at thinking big, creating magical moments in my imagination but putting them into reality is a whole other story.  But lately I've been trying really hard to focus more on living what I dream and love.  And trying in the process to let go of the things that don't fit with those dreams. This Monday I've been working on those bigger dreams.  :)

It's funny but the office rooms in both our new house and old house have always been the least appealing rooms of the house.  Find it very hard to be creative and get inspired in them.  Since we rent it's kind of hard to truly make the room into what I want or need it to be, as don't want to invest a lot of money in a house that isn't ours.

The week was rather crazy.  Cooper went to his first canine manners class, though think between all the other dogs and people that he found it overwhelming.  Some how his stomach became very upset yet we are not even sure why.  Might be the new treats, the stress of class or a combination of everything.  After a few straight days of him waking up between 3-6 am to get sick quickly took him to vet.  The vet wasn't sure what caused it but gave him medicine to try to help calm down his stomach and reduce the inflammation.  Of course Cooper loved the home cooked diet it required as well. He seems to be feeling better, but we'll see how it goes once we start adding his food and treats back.

Wednesday went to get a much needed hair cut.  The long hair was getting hard to style so took off 6 inches and went with a lob cut.  Went to pick up my new glasses and contacts only to find out the prescription in them is wrong.  So it's back to square one and another appointment with the doctor.  Sometimes I wonder do these things only happen to me? haha

Thursday some neighborhood guys invited the man over to watch the Broncos.  Imagine that he actually finds hardcore Denver Bronco fans in our new neighborhood, he always some how gets lucky like that. Unfortunately the new neighborhood does not have many girls my age, or at least not that I've come across yet.  I rarely see people out, not like our old neighborhood where everyone was outside.  I find this new area rather lonely.  Already looking to move!

Meanwhile I didn't get much sleep so by the weekend felt exhausted.  Saturday involved watching college football and food shopping, such an interesting combination. ha  Sunday was all about cooking....homemade meatballs, slow cooker chicken and apple pie.  Plus had a bunch of other food to freeze.  The afternoon was basically spent watching NFL football and much needed little nap.  Had some dizziness too which could have been exacerbated by how sleepy I felt.

Tonight the man's got a sports analytics lecture.  He left work early for it, well that and sportboss.  He is still trying to do his website too. He is a sports handicapper on the side, which means based on statistics he tries to predict who will win games and offers his picks for sale. I'm not exactly fond of the whole thing, it costs him a lot in time and isn't really bringing in the profits it once did.  In my opinion the negatives out weigh the positives.

Anyway, enough talking need to get to work on those big all you can, with all you have, from where you are! 

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Soul Sunday

Everything not in alignment with our highest truth drains our energy, makes us irritable, and wears us down. I bet if you thought about it, you could start a pretty significant list of stuff that annoys you and yet needs to get done. This is the stuff that sucks the excitement out of our lives. Getting excited about life is all about how you approach the stuff.

Here are ten ways to make life exciting again:

1. Claim your joy.

When life seems a little boring, realize it’s because of us, not because of a task, our job or the lack of a nightlife. We have the ability to create joy and excitement in everything we do, and it starts with our thoughts around the situation. It is not so much about trying to fix the situation or even ourselves as it is learning new things, finding the good, and focusing our energies on activities that have personal meaning.

2. Free your mind

We need to take the time to look after our emotional well-being by putting time aside every week for a yoga class or a little meditation. The relaxing breathing strategies involved in both will help eliminate stress and reduce anxiety. We will feel better, and will look at things differently.

3. Make little, positive changes.

When we make small changes to our daily routine, it brings back the excitement. Take a new exercise class, read a book, or even just doodle – these can get you out of a rut and ignite your creative self. You will soon realize that the act of starting and doing something new can give you some confidence to continue creating.

4. Reframe negative thinking.

Negative thinking is common, but it’s how we handle the thoughts that will either drain our excitement for life, or build on it. We can’t stay in the midst of negativity and hope to be our best selves. Understanding our negative thoughts and reframing them into thoughts that better serve us keeps us from getting stuck.

5. Practice optimism.

An optimist is more excited about everything, not just life! If you’re not presently an optimistic individual, don’t worry – optimism may be learned. And it’s not whether the glass is half full or half empty, it’s knowing you can fill it up.

Teach yourself to see other side, even with the small setbacks, little adversities, frustrations, disappointments, and letdowns in daily experiences. Look for the lessons and trust things will work out. When you do, it’s easy to get excited about the possibility.

6. Eliminate wasted time.

When we start to look at our day, we’ll probably notice quite a bit of time wasted on non-value added activities like Candy Crush, Facebook or mindless television. Wasted time is energy draining, and as mentioned earlier, it’s hard to get excited when your energy is drained. When you know down deep you need to do something, you will find the time and the energy. But beware, because time fillers have a way of creeping in.
7. Stop caring what other people think.

One of the major reasons we don’t follow through with our desires is the fact that we care a lot about what other people think about us. As a result, we get discouraged and don’t pursue things that might fill us with joy. We should focus on finding the courage to do things that make us happy regardless of what others think. We owe it to ourselves to be who we are, not what others want us to be.

8. Do not let fear control you.

Life is unpredictable, and we can embrace our fears or let them hold us back. Fear is at the heart of many of the feelings we have that make us uneasy. If we aren’t feeling a little apprehensive or scared, then we aren’t trying hard enough. And it’s hard to get excited when we’re just doing what we need to get by.

9. Spoil yourself.

Everyone should be finding ways to bring a little indulgence into their life. Go out with friends, get a massage in the middle of the day, see a movie all by yourself, or curl up on the sofa and read a book. Whatever it is, when we spoil ourselves it breaks up our daily routine and adds an element of excitement and pleasure.

10. Say yes more regular and no when you need to.

Understand where you are – if something feels right, then do it. And when something feels wrong, don’t. When we stop answering the way someone else is expecting us to answer, we claim our power and are true to ourselves. It’s living in our truth that brings excitement back to our life.
sunset by the sea:

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Apple Pie

 Fall season is upon us and what better way to start it off than with home made Apple pie.  

Apple Pie
1 recipe pastry for a 9 inch double crust pie
1/2 cup unsalted butter
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
8 Granny Smith apples - peeled, cored and sliced

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).
2. Melt the butter in a saucepan. Stir in flour to form a paste. Add water, white sugar and brown sugar, and bring to a boil. Reduce temperature and let simmer.
3. Place the bottom crust in your pan. Fill with apples, mounded slightly. Cover with a lattice work crust. Gently pour the sugar and butter liquid over the crust. Pour slowly so that it does not run off.
4. Bake 15 minutes in the preheated oven. Reduce the temperature to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Continue baking for 35 to 45 minutes, until apples are soft.
Apple Pie by Grandma Ople

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Woof Wednesday

Welcome to Woof Wednesday. Please meet some great dogs from CA, NY, PA and TX all in need of good, loving homes!
Charlie is a Terrier mix, who is around 7 months old.  She is sitting at the local county shelter hoping to find a home in time.  Please lets find her a loving home! 
Charlie# A4871819  - Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles County Animal Control - Carson
216 West Victoria Street
Gardena, CA 90248
(310) 523-9566
This Terrier mix puppy doesn't have a name, let alone a home.  There are so many dogs just like him sitting at the county shelter and not nearly enough homes for every one of them.  Please lets find him a great home!
A4867612 - Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles County Animal Control - Carson
216 West Victoria Street
Gardena, CA 90248
(310) 523-9566
Prince is Cocker Spaniel who is 5 years old. He loves to give hugs and kisses. He can be a bit nervous, but his award winning smile will make you swoon. Please lets find him a good home!
Prince - New York, NY
Best Friends Animal Society New York
New York City, NY 10011
(435) 644-2001
 Rolf is a Poodle mix, who is around 1-2 years old and`8 lbs. He is a sweet, gentle and was found on the porch of PAWS one morning. Rolf is timid, but loves attention when you gain his trust. He gets along with other dogs and older children, but we don't know about cats yet. Rolf needs a home where he can be coaxed out of his shell. Please lets find him a loving home!  
Rolf - Philadelphia, PA 
 PAWS (Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society)
100 N. 2nd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
 215-298-9680, ext. 16
 Chloe is a Beagle/Labrador Retriever mix, who is 6-7 months old.  She was sitting
on the side of the road with her mom and brother. She is very sweet and
a little shy. She needs a patience and loving family.  Please lets find her a great home!
Chloe - Humble, TX
 Best Friends FurEver
Box 15083
Humble, TX 77338
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, September 14, 2015

Monday Musings

We went from Summer like hot, humid 95 degree to Fall like cool, no humid 65 degree in just a day.   I myself don't mind some humidity as long as the temperatures are in the 70's.  For some reason that completely dry feeling on the skin drives me crazy. Once the cooler weather moves in I go through a lot of lotion!

So Facebook has this thing where they show you memories.  They showed a photo of Angel and my niece from two years ago today.  They were sitting on Angel's doggie bed wearing matching t shirts.  Immediately I felt the tears begin to well, the emotions still raw.  It's amazing how much the heart can miss someone.  Find myself longing to just feel her snuggled on my shoulder again, Angel used to love to sleep that way.  It was the most comforting thing.

That's the hardest part of loss, the memories are tucked away but over time you long for the smells, touch and overall presence. Sometimes they get harder to recall. It's crazy to think that one day someone is here and next they aren't.  Next to any kind of suffering that has to be the hardest aspect of life.

Where does time go?  Too quickly that's for sure.  It's taken me awhile, and which I would have been wiser to sooner, but I've learned how important it is to appreciate the moment.  To really stop and take it all in....the sights, smells, sounds, etc.  Especially the people and loved ones in our lives.  That's all that really matters.

It was a busy week, though hindered some what by dizziness.  Drives me nuts how I can have a list of things to do only to be sidelined by a dizzy spell.  That's when I try to refocus, and go more with the flow though I admit it's not always easy. 

We enrolled Cooper in a basic canine manner class, the first class started up which involves just humans the first night.  Of course the one night out of the week where the man's work also scheduled their fantasy football draft.  The man was running late, and didn't make class.  I was disappointed for sure because dependability is important to me, if you commit to something with me then follow through with it.  Something the man hasn't always been great with.  So hoping it works out and that Cooper learns something too.

Our new house's lawn is a mess.  So given the forecast involved rain, borrowed my parents spreader and applied stuff to the lawn.  Usually I'm against using any type of chemicals on the lawn but it's in too rough of shape not to treat. 

Friday night we walked over to the mall to pick a charger up for the man and grab some dinner.  Saturday he and my brother in law went to the Penn State game.  My brother in law received free tickets and was really pumped since he has never been to a game before.  Though the original forecast of bright sun turned into a rainy day.  Think the boys were a little bummed as it was heavy rain and much cooler temperatures.  Went from 95 degrees to 65.  Overall think they had fun though it was a long day considering it took them 3 1/2 hrs to get there and had same drive back.

Meanwhile us girls spent the day at the local mall and enjoyed lunch out as well.  We were planning on going to New Hope which is a more artsy, outdoor shopping area but the niece decided she wanted to go to a mall. ha   Shopping with a 7 year old is an experience, it's honestly more like trying to keep up with them.  You literally cannot turn your back for one moment. 

We happened to walk through Bloomindales which was having a fashion show, cat walk and all.  Of course the niece was mesmerized so we took a seat and watched. And upon arriving home quickly found ourselves strutting around the house pretending we were models on a catwalk.  Ah the joys of being young again.  Who doesn't like playing!  :)

Sunday was all about snuggling on the couch and watching NFL football.  The man and I had our yearly fantasy football draft as well.  We are doing it slightly different this year, letting yahoo keep track of things instead of scoring our little league ourselves.  Should be interesting to see what happens.

Today have a list of things to get done.  Of course the Eagles play tonight too, tough game because they play the Falcons who have my favorite quarterback Matt Ryan.  Ryan is a Philly guy and wish he could play for the Eagles. Anyway, let's go Eagles!

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Soul Sunday

Every new day is another chance to change your life.

Oftentimes, people think they need to make radical changes in their lives in order to see big results. However, sometimes just a shift in our thinking can provide a catalyst for the change we wish to see in our realities. After all, we become what we think, and we attract what we are, so we must utilize our own power if we want to start living a different life.

You hold the key to a new reality, and one thought could flip your world upside down if you simply believe in your own ability to create positive change.

If you want to change your life today, here are 5 simple things you can start doing now:

1. Give up the “all or nothing” mentality.

Even the most positive, self confident people in the world have spells of insecurity and negative thinking sometimes, but it can become debilitating if you actually believe these thoughts. For example, let’s say you want to get a higher paying job. You might tell yourself “If I don’t land this job, then I will never find anything else and that means I just don’t deserve anything better.” See how damaging this type of thinking can be?

By telling ourselves we won’t find happiness and fulfillment unless a certain event occurs, then we have vested all our faith and energy in an outcome. This means that if something different happens, our rigid way of thinking will prevent us from seeing the bigger picture, and realizing the universe simply had different plans for us.

Rather than thinking in absolute terms and conjuring up the worst case scenario in your mind, start thinking more realistically. Self defeating thoughts can really prevent you from living up to your full potential, and trick you into thinking you can never change your life due to one event or situation.

2. Stop labeling yourself.

When you label yourself, you limit yourself. You place yourself in a box full of stereotypes and society’s preconceived ideas of what people should act like, which inhibits you from recognizing your Higher self outside of worldly labels. You don’t have to assume any identity in order to express the real you; we all are simply energy that manifested into form, and don’t need labels to separate us from our Oneness.

Simply say I am and don’t feel the need to finish the sentence. Go out and live your life and do things that make you feel like more of yourself, without becoming attached to words that describe your personality or lifestyle.

Labels just serve to bar you from new experiences in life, and can really take hold of your mind if you let them. Release your need to fit into a certain group, and just accept yourself as never ending, free flowing energy. This is when you can change your life, when you can realize that you’re already a free and limitless being.

Give up who you are to become who you might be.

3. Don’t value the opinions of others over your opinion of yourself.

Most of us still live in some degree of fear of other people’s opinions. We second guess ourselves and end up doing things we don’t really enjoy to impress other people. We desperately want to fit in and feel accepted, so we rely on other people to provide us with that security and comfort. However, if you live your entire life caring about what other people will think of you, then you will never experience life at all. You will only see the world through other people’s eyes and wear a mask over your true identity.

You possess all the power and confidence you need already; you must rise above the chatter and judgments of others, and reclaim your soul by simply going within for answers. Look to yourself for acceptance and love, and it won’t matter then if others approve of you or not. Once you learn to value your own opinion more than those of others, you will start to see the leaves of change in your life.

4. Replace the I cants with I cans.

Another form of degrading thoughts, the I can’t mentality can stop you in your tracks before you’ve even taken a step forward. If you don’t think you’re good enough or deserving of something, then of course, it won’t show up in your life because you’ve created a blockage. You have put up walls to keep out potentially amazing things from manifesting in your reality, and told yourself you can’t achieve what you want before you even try. The universe works with the Law of Attraction, so whatever you think will show up in your life, regardless of if you want it or not.

If you don’t like what you see in your life, the primary culprit here is your mind. Change your thoughts, change your life!

5. Stop comparing yourself to others.

Comparison does nothing for you, except make you doubt yourself and feel inferior to others. It can make you feel worthless if you expect your life to look exactly like someone else’s, and will most certainly only pave the road to disappointment.
Or, you could use it in the opposite way, in order to feel better about yourself and where you’re at in life.

It helps to remember that everyone here is on their own journey, and no one is inherently better than anyone else. We all have our own roads to take, our own destinies to fulfill. Your path will look differently than your neighbor’s, your sister’s, and your friend’s, and this doesn’t mean you have chosen the wrong route.  

It means you have certain lessons you need to learn here that might differ from others, so stop comparing your journey to everyone else’s. Focus on how you can become a better person, and everything will start to fall into place.

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Friday, September 11, 2015

Take a Dizzying Walk In My Shoes

This morning as I sat up in bed the spinning hit.  Cooper sensed something was wrong he came over  gave me kisses, rested his head on my stomach and intently gazed at me.

If only everyone was as perceptive.  Living with an invisible illness such as vertigo is challenging.  Apart from me walking like I've had one too many or crawling to the bathroom during very severe attacks I look okay from the outside, so people assume I am.  They have no idea how during an attack my world is spinning like an out of control merry go round. 

Many people will never understand what it’s like to stare down the barrel of a complex medical diagnosis. That’s not to say they will never get sick. They will. But most of the time, it will at least be comprehendible. The implications will be clear. The treatment options will be explained and the doctor will be knowledgeable. They will know what to do next.

But for the unlucky few who suffer from something rather 
complex, there are no certainties. There is little understanding. There is confusion and even despair at times. Hope is simply not always part of the equation either. 

Most people have never heard of Migraine Spectrum disorder or Migraine Associated Vertigo.  Or the other various vestibular or central nervous system diseases that can be responsible for vertigo.  Maybe don't even realize that such things as one concussion can leave people with debilitating vertigo and dizziness.

When I was diagnosed, I had never heard of it either. But it’s out there, silently destroying lives in the shadow of the general public’s consciousness.  Sometimes think the specialists just give that diagnosis when they can't figure out what is causing it.  Even the specialist at John Hopkins kind of admitted that. He said maybe even one day it will have it's own category and more specific classification

I’ve tried to think of a good way to explain MAV, but it’s hard to express. There is nuance that gets lost in translation. If our closest friends and family don’t understand, it’s hard to be understood by the rest of society. And that’s a major hurdle for raising awareness.

So I’m going to give a shot, and try to explain what it’s like to walk in my shoes.  Imagine for a moment, close your eyes and think back to a time in your life when everything was good. Now imagine one day, you are walking along when all of a sudden, the world starts to violently spin around you. You hold on for dear life.

Unbeknownst to you, you are experiencing vertigo. It’s like you’re drunk, but you haven’t had a sip of alcohol.  Y
our brain, suddenly in shock, so to mitigate the perceived threat, a wave of nausea floods your system. The minutes turn to hours, and the world is still spinning. You’re terrified and confused, and you can’t walk. Not to mention a whole other host of symptoms that can accompany it.

In this moment of crisis it won’t occur to you, but there have been so many things you have taken for granted, processes quietly working away in the background of your brain to keep your world intact.
You believe equilibrium is a constant like gravity, but it’s not. Your balance comes with no guarantees. It’s controlled by your vestibular system and brain, and those systems can become compromised.

Hours or even days later, when the room finally stabilizes, you are left with more questions than answers. “What’s wrong with me!?!” you ask God, or the universe, or maybe no one in particular.

So you go to your doctor. But your doctor doesn’t know what’s going on either. If you’re lucky, you’ll end up visiting an ENT or Neurologist who has some experience with balance disorders. If you’re unlucky, you may end up going years before you speak with anyone who has any idea of what’s going on, suffering with no explanation.

Typically during appointments with specialists you hear things like " we’re going to have to run some tests, it could be Vestibular neuritis, Meniere’s disease, bbpv, ms
, tumor, cervical neck issues,
 etc." They admit often times they don’t know what causes it.  Finally when they exhaust all the tests, when all the specialists are seen even a trip to John Hopkins they inform you they believe it to be a form of migraine that causes vertigo instead of headache.  And that each attack makes it harder for the brain to compensate hence why the chronic dizziness and other symptoms remain.

Each attack of vertigo will leave you with a chronic dizziness and disequilibrium. It's such a horrible feeling, worst yet is the nausea it can bring on. During attacks my head feels like it's going to explode with pressure.  My ears feeling clogged.  A disorientation, a fogginess of sort takes hold of my brain. Trying to do a simple task like walk to the bathroom feels like torture. Sometimes there's a headache, sometimes numbness and tingling especially
in my left side fingers and foot, ocular migraines are not uncommon this is where the vision is blurred by bright color streaks or jagged lines.

The chronic dizziness that a vertigo attack can leave is even hard to explain in words.  The fact that it can stick around for weeks, even months is even crazier. 

You have to stop drinking caffeine and alcohol. You have to lower your stress. You have to eat a low sodium diet. You have to go on a special migraine diet. Are told don't participate or engage in anything that seems to bring it on. Simple things like looking down to write, read a book or use the computer can bring on the vertigo.  Worst yet are the attacks that come during sleep, there is nothing more terrifying than waking up feeling as if someone has strapped you into an out of control merry go round. 

You leave the doctor’s office scared and broken. You want to understand but nothing makes sense. Your problem just became very real, and very permanent.  You are given no real solutions or quick fixes.  There is no medicine that just takes the spinning away. You are told there are various medicines that may help but many come with their own set of serious side effects, some are even habit forming and none guaranteed to work. If you want to experiment with them you basically become a lab rat of sorts. Some even make the vertigo and dizziness worse.

Fact is the doctors aren't even sure what exactly causes it, let alone how to treat it.  Even in this great age of scientific advances and technology it makes you realize how very much still remains a mystery.

When you get back home you go to Google and you start searching. You try to figure it out. But everything gets worse, because so much of what you find conflicts with everything else you find.
Quickly, a picture of the worst case scenario becomes fixed in your mind. And all the while you’re suffering. You are having vertigo attacks. There is a constant feeling of pressure in your head.  You just want a normal life back.

Your job is in jeopardy, too. Your employers don’t understand. People even think you’re overreacting. That’s assuming you still have a job as for 
many working becomes improbable. Not to mention vertigo attack makes it impossible to drive, or even leave the house.  And when you aren’t having vertigo, you are still cognitively impaired by intense head pressure, brain fog, fatigue, chronic dizziness and more.

Nothing is certain anymore, and no one understands. You look fine, so no one thinks you’re sick, but you are, and in a debilitating way.  No one believes your pain or struggles, and you don’t know what to do next. Knowing there is no magic cure or pill feels defeating and incredibly scary.  Imagine your world is spinning, you can barely move...walking to the bathroom feels like climbing Mt
Everest, forget about eating, worst yet it could last for hours or days and there is nothing that will take the feeling away? 

It’s a dark picture, I know, and it’s easy to see why so many people lose hope. Some people are able to improve their symptoms with careful lifestyle management, special diets, physical therapy, alternative medicine and medication. But many are not. 

It's not an easy journey. And when the people around us don’t understand, it can make everything so much more difficult.  Having supporting people who are understanding goes a long way in the healing process as well.  Sometimes all it takes is one supportive person to give someone suffering hope and inspire them not to give up.  Possibility gives hope. 

On good days it feels as if we have hit the lottery.  You quickly realize how precious life is.  How any moment you feel good is a gift to be cherished.  On the good days you want to do everything... to make every moment count, do fun things, to live life to the fullest because you know on the bad days you will be stuck on the couch.

You try to remember what life was like before the vertigo and dizziness.   Realizing how much you took for granted.  How much you want those days back, to be able to do even more with those moments in which you felt good.

Even as I type this the vertigo is still lingering, which means I won't be able to do the errands planned for today.  I want to say that's life with vertigo, but there's the other side which boldly says fuck it.  Pardon the language but accepting the vertigo and dizziness isn't something that comes easy.

I despise that it interferes with nearly every aspect of my life.  It gets in the way of things that need to be done, on many occasions has ruined plans and interferes with my dreams.  The uncontrollable nature of it makes it feel both frustrating and scary.  Yet there's still a part of me that holds out hope for a miracle cure or magic pill.    

For now my life is filled with spins, some how hope the world around me can better understand what it's like to walk in my shoes.  What it's like to have an invisible illness.  By no means do I want it to define who I am because there is so much more to me than it but a little understanding can help a lot.

It has taught me many lessons two that stand out... never judge anyone until you have walked in their shoes, oh how true this is.  And more importantly.... appreciate every moment of life for what it is because nothing is guaranteed.

Just because you feel good today doesn't mean you will tomorrow, so make the most of today.  Years ago didn't know my world would spin or be left with a debilitating dizziness but if I had probably would have lived life a little differently.

So breath in life, live in love and have as much fun as possible.  You know a little live, love, laugh. And maybe show a little more compassion and understanding to those who cross your paths because you never know what's going on in their world. 


Wednesday, September 9, 2015

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!
Tweed is a Maltese/Westie Terrier mix.  He is 2 years old and weighs 12 lbs.  Tweed smiles, when he is happy to see you he shows you all his teeth and wags his tail like he's about to take flight. He is a calm, shy little guy who was found as a stray with no collar, no tag, no chip and not fixed. . He is full grown. He has the softest white coat.  He is friendly with other dogs, loves people and has a sweet little personality. He has been Vet checked, is in good health, fixed now and completely vaccinated.  Please lets find him a loving home!
Tweed -  San Pedro, CA

Animals Rule Placement Foundation
305 North Harbor Blvd
San Pedro, CA 90731
 Lucy is a Greyhound who is 9 years old.  She is one sweet girl.  She was relinquished as the family lost their other dog and Lucy was very lonely.  Also, the adopter felt that because their two boys (3 and 7) have gotten older and more active that Lucy was just less and less happy in their home.  Lucy greets the morning with a tail wag and quick trot to the kitchen for breakfast. Then a short, brisk walk before finding the loftiest bed for her morning nap. Treats are eagerly welcomed and Lucy is a very neat snacker, finding every morsel. The rest of the day is spent lolling in her favorite bed, always hoping for a car ride or outdoor exploration. She is curious about small dogs, critters and the feral cat. Lucy is shy with noisy children and large dogs, but who wouldn’t be?  She enjoys her quiet time although she enjoys having her ears scratched and belly rubs. Please lets find her a great home!
Lucy - Cherry Hill, NJ
Greyhound Friends of NJ, Inc.
PO BOX 4416
Cherry Hill, NJ 08034
(732) 356-4370
Callie is a Terrier puppy mix. She is adorable and has a beautiful heart to match. She is a
sweet pooch, who wants nothing more than to cuddle up with you. Callie would be very content being rocked to sleep, or napping in your lap.  Everything about her emulates love and affection. Callies perfect family would be the one that can spend every day with her, showing her to new places, making new friends with her, and teaching her everything that little puppies need to learn. Please lets find her a good home!
Callie - New York, NY
Callie (Manhattan)
Bideawee Inc. Manhattan
410 E. 38th St. between 1st Ave. & FDR Dr.
New York, NY 10016
(866) 262-8133
Sassafras is a Jack Russell/Schnauzer Terrier mix. She's very friendly and housebroken.  Please lets find her a loving home!
 Sassafras - Parker Ford, PA
Forever Home Rescue
PO Box 44
Parker Ford, PA 19457

Meet Roxy (9 yo boxer) & Buddy (10 yo corgi/beagle) are a bonded pair of pups that are in search of a new home to spend our golden years. The family they lived with  their entire lives are moving and their circumstances prevented them from taking them. They are both house trained, very sweet, well mannered and know basic commands.  They are very confused being displaced.  Looking for a new home that will accept both of them, love and pamper them throughout their golden years. Please lets find them a great home!
Roxy and Buddy - Houston, TX
Roxy & Buddy
 Lone Star Boxer Rescue
21175 Tomball Pkwy #389
Houston, TX 77070
(281) 944-5727

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, September 7, 2015

Monday Musings

The weather here has been fluctuating.  After a week filled with high humidity and hot temperatures we got relief for a few days. There is nothing better than cool summer nights where one can sleep with the windows open.  Those are my favorite. But the heat is back.

Given it was a holiday weekend where many head to the beach or plan fun outings, no surprise the man spent the whole weekend watching tv and tweeting. Can you say boring. ha  Sometimes I forget he's 39, at times he seems more like an old man these days.  He also went an ordered a tv on Saturday, which I thought we were going to shop together for on Sunday. Lately I swear the man says one thing and does another. I'll leave it at that.

Meanwhile I still had plenty of work to do on the house,  trying to focus on one room at a time.  The utility and laundry area were the focus, probably the toughest as it needs some serious organizing and the boxes are heavy. Also dabbled in the shed a little too.  And bruised my rib from using the drill.  Sometimes drilling holes takes more power than tiny me has.  Even more reason why I need to start lifting weights!  

Eventually sat down to watch Penn State's first game of the season.  It was a rough game and they lost to Temple for the first time since 1941.  It was rather disappointing to start the season off like that but it's just a game right?  Made a delicious new casserole recipe for dinner.  The night involved more college football.

Sunday thought we were going to go shopping and have a nice day out.  We did go to IKEA but the man seemed in poor spirits.  He used to enjoy going shopping, we had fun when we went into stores now he just seems to want to get in and out as fast as possible.  To get home and watch tv of course. So while he watched golf on tv I spent the rest of the day drilling holes, hanging things and trying to organize office. 

Friday night checked out glasses pearle vision ordered for me.  Still having a hard time deciding on frames.  Everything looks so big on my face.  Though I picked out a pair just not sure they will be a comfortable as my old ones.  My last frames were half frames, very light so they blended into my face which made it look like I wasn't even wearing glasses at times.  The new ones are much bolder and trendier.  Have to admit my 7 year old niece had a big hand in the decision too as she told me I should go with frames all around instead of the half look.  Gotta listen when your fashionista niece speaks.

Due to the dizziness took a break from wearing contacts, recently decided to try and give them a try only to find out the ones I wore have been discontinued.  So far the two brands I've tried haven't worked out, so hoping we can find something.  Few issues are working against me...astigmatism, chronic dry eye and strong prescription.  So if you have all three and know of a good brand of contacts please let me know.

The man came to try to help pick out glassed but he wasn't much help.  He doesn't get how I want him to show the same interest and enthusiasm I do toward him when he needs help in picking out stuff.  Next time I will bring my niece.  At least we went out to dinner afterwards.  Tried Red Robin out for the first time, they are known for the gourmet burgers.  The burgers were great and would highly recommend the place.

Oh did get the man off the couch for a little this afternoon to get some shakes at the local sonic.  Even Cooper got to go for a ride.

And that's what's up over here.  Exciting stuff right.  My twenties self would probably say find a partner in crime and get busy having fun.  I get restless with too much sitting around.   Also been thinking more and more about how I want to get back to living in a beach town again, my soul is happiest near the ocean. The kind of town where you can actually bike places.  Maybe it's a pipe dream but I did it once which means it can be done again! 

For the holiday this little gem.

Friday, September 4, 2015

Soul Sunday

Lao-Tzu, one of the most renowned philosophers and poets of ancient China, left behind many important lessons for our souls to learn. Best known as the author of the Tao Te Ching and the founder of philosophical Taoism, his remarkable wisdom and messages of peace, resilience, and living cohesively remind us what really matters in life, and how we can develop ourselves as a collective. He is a central figure in Chinese culture, but his words can apply to people all over the world.

Here are 10 important lessons that we can learn from Lao Tzu:

1. You hold the answers to all of life’s most pressing questions. When you look within, you will find everything you need.

“At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want.”

“Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power.”

“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.”

2. By letting go, you become free. You conquer both yourself and the world when you allow, not fight, their existence.

“By letting it go it all gets done. The world is won by those who let it go. But when you try and try. The world is beyond the winning.”

“Therefore the Master acts without doing anything and teaches without saying anything. Things arise and she lets them come; things disappear and she lets them go. She has but doesn’t possess, acts but doesn’t expect. When her work is done, she forgets it. That is why it lasts forever.”

“If you want to become whole, let yourself be partial. If you want to become straight, let yourself be crooked. If you want to become full, let yourself be empty. If you want to be reborn, let yourself die. If you want to be given everything, give everything up.”

“Do you have the patience to wait till your mud settles and the water is clear? Can you remain unmoving till the right action arises by itself?”

3. Labels and egotistical desires will never grant you the pleasure of truly knowing yourself.

“He who defines himself can’t know who he really is.” “He who has power over others can’t empower himself.”  “He who tries to shine dims his own light.”

4. Evil naturally crumbles away when you pay no attention to it.

“Give evil nothing to oppose and it will disappear by itself.”

5. Kindness and compassion for others will always win in the end, no matter how long evil reigns.

“Treat those who are good with goodness, and also treat those who are not good with goodness. Thus goodness is attained. Be honest to those who are honest, and be also honest to those who are not honest. Thus honesty is attained.”

“Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.”

“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.”

6. Have the confidence to be yourself without caring what others think.

“Care about people’s approval and you will be their prisoner.”

“When you are content to be simply yourself and don’t compare or compete, everybody will respect you.”

7. Wisdom and strength come from remaining humble.

“The wise man is one who, knows, what he does not know.”

“All streams flow to the sea because it is lower than they are. Humility gives it its power.”

8. Change is inevitable, so embrace it, even if it seems uncomfortable.

“If you realize that all things change, there is nothing you will try to hold on to. If you are not afraid of dying, there is nothing you cannot achieve.”

“New beginnings are often disguised as painful endings.”

9. A great leader realizes he is not above his followers; his is merely one of them.

“The wicked leader is he who the people despise. The good leader is he who the people revere. The great leader is he who the people say, ‘We did it ourselves.”

“If you want to govern the people, you must place yourself below them. If you want to lead the people, you must learn how to follow them.”

10. Strive to do nothing and be nothing; here, you will find true happiness.

“When nothing is done, nothing is left undone.”

 “Health is the greatest possession. Contentment is the greatest treasure. Confidence is the greatest friend. Non being is the greatest joy.”


Wednesday, September 2, 2015

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!
Chavy is Maltese who is around 3 years old.  She is so cute and will make you smile when you meet her.  She was surrendered because her owner passed away and she needs your help. She is in danger of being euthanized because the Carson Animal Care Center is very overcrowded.  Please lets find her a loving home!
Chavy ID#A4872053 - Los Angeles, CA
Carson County Animal Shelter
216 W Victoria Street
 Gardena, California 90248
 Bear is a Jack Russell Terrier mix who is around 6 years old.  He is an adorable, absolutely wonderful little fella. Slightly active but yet mostly calm, sweet and very well behaved. He is very sweet and is friendly to all people, includung children, other dogs and  cats too. He is a complete joy to be around and will make someone very happy. Bear is neutered, vaccinated and  housebroken but he is currently Heartworm positive. Bear will receive his Heartworm treatment prior to adoption. Bear has been patiently waiting to meet his new furever family and is truly hoping that someone is you. Please lets find him a great home!
Bear - Gibbstown, NJ
South Jersey Rescue
102 S Market St
Gibbstown, NJ 08027
Bud is a silly 2 year old Yellow Labrador mix. He is 50 lbs pure sunshine. He is a very happy go lucky boy full of smiles and tail wags. He is friendly, loving and sugar sweet. He is housebroken but could use some additional obedience training, but is quick to learn and eager to please.  He loves other dogs and seems to be fine with cats. He was surrendered by his owner due to a child conflict but the 3 yr old was not being very nice to him. He holds no grudges, but it's best if he go to a home with kids ages 10 yrs+ that will respect his space or to an adult only home. He would love to go to a home that knows and appreciates his breed and a large fenced in yard would be ideal.  Please lets find him a good home!
Bud - New York, NY
Tails of Love Animal Rescue, Inc.
Staten Island, NY 10302

Jennie is a friendly Labrador Retriever mix who is 5 months old, 25 lb. She is good with kids and other dogs. Jennie is an active pup and can be held for a short time, but then want to start playing with her brother Forest also up for adoption.  Once she is tired, Jennie will snuggle.  She loves to play and run. She keeps herself busy an is pretty independent.  She will come and give you lots of kisses but she will also come and go as she pleases. Jennie is active and independent but she is also really smart. Think she would do great with someone who has some experience with dogs and that can channel her energy. Would love to see her to go to a furever home with another dog because she loves to play.Jennie is spayed, crate trained and up to date on age appropriate vaccines.  Please lets find her a loving home!
 Jennie - Point Pleasant, PA
 Lulu's Rescue
P.O. Box 46
Point Pleasant, PA 18950
Sandy is a male Schnauzer he is just eight months old and  weighs only eleven pounds. he is a
 super sweet guy.  Loves his  human friends and when you pick him up he puts his head on your shoulder.  He is  really calm for a puppy. That’s not to say he doesn't have puppy energy
but it’s controlled and won’t drive you nuts. He is m still learning all basic skills.  He is
crate trained and working on house training skills.  Loves walks but working on leash skills.  Please lets find him a great home! 
Sandy - Spring, TX
Schnauzer & Friends Rescue, Inc. dba Schnauzer Rescue of Texas
P. O Box 8583
Spring, TX 77387
 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.
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