15 years …Mitzi we love you, we wish you a very happy birthday and wish for many healthy loving years ahead!
Today is Patsy’s day to have a birthday!
More of her story is HERE.
We had a celebration for her last evening and by bedtime she was content and happy.
We find that our dogs have much to teach us about the true happiness of contentment, peace, companionship and unconditional love.
We love you Patsy and wish you a very happy 7th birthday!
Nina is celebrating 13 years. She’s healthy and happy and we hope she has many more happy and healthy days ahead.
Happy Birthday Nina! We love you!
Gilda is the one who picked me. I’ve written about her before. She simply stepped into the street one day 10 years ago …right in front of my car. She proceeded to sit down right there in the street and look at me. I instantly knew I had a new dog. I got out and didn’t walk toward her but simply opened the rear door to the car. She looked at me and walked to the open door and climbed into the rear seat. She’s lived with us ever since.
We attempted to get her back to her owner. Thank god they didn’t want her. It’s a more complicated story than just that, but she is and was worth the drama. We found out that she was two years old and her birthday was in June. We don’t know the actual date but since she found us about June 1, we celebrated that day as her birthday.
At this very moment I sit here:
….and I am on my way here:
I love the journey that is life!
I love travel. I do it often.
The hardest part? Leaving the pups behind.
Just after boarding the plane headed back east this morning the better half sent me this photo. Isn’t she beautiful? I think so.
With anticipation I will see what adventures I find in this weeks east coast travel. I’ll make a few notes along the way. I hope you enjoy the ride along with me.
That’s the goal, Zero.
Zero adoptable and treatable pets being euthanized. Through medical treatment and behavioral rehabilitation all pets in permanent homes. Period.
We adopted our beloved Abner through our county dog pound as a spirit fund dog. He was a medical patient that required thousands of dollars worth of medical care to save his life and make him adoptable. The dog attack had left this little six pound poodle with multiple lacerations, an evicerated eye, many stitches and a broken foot. Today he is a happy and healthy nine pound cream colored poodle thanks to the generosity of people who cared to give to make him an adoptable boy.
With Abner’s inspiration The Better Half and I set a goal to make the San Diego Humane Society a charity one of our choice charities. We set a goal to be able to give significantly as time progressed. Every dollar helps, every single one. We have been giving what we could as we went along. Thanks to the many blessings in our life, today we stepped up to the plate. We gave our first of hopefully many significant donations and joined the Humane Leaders’ Circle (go ahead click the link embedded there and learn more).
Zero. Zero euthanized is the goal. No kill, no way, not ever. Spay, neuter, foster, adopt, give. Forever homes is the ultimate goal. Years from now I hope this entry is one I will look back on with tears of gratitude for all we will have done to help. One little step at a time, each little step in the right direction, will make a big difference. Someone’s donation made all the difference for Abner. Abner made all the difference for us. It’s time for us to pay it forward.
Home isn’t the 95 year old two story craftsman house we live in. Home is the love we share within its walls. Tonight I’ll be back sharing the love in person with my husband of 25 years and our crew of six. I’m so blessed and so grateful.
Six pounds of pure love and poodle/chihuahua personality, she rules the roost. She has several surprises in store as the day progresses.
Nina officially found a permanent home with us one year ago today. You can also read about her discovery and rescue here, here and here. In other words after several days of foster care, she landed a permanent home here with us. She’s still a good dog, a wonderful dog.
Many of you will remember my posts about Nina a year ago and a couple of you even expressed interest in her if we weren’t able to find her a place. We are grateful for your outpouring of love and care. She is happy, healthy and still prefers the corner that she picked out the moment she walked into the house.
We love you Nina, we are so happy that you are in our family.
Around these here parts we buy dog toys in bulk. Having six dogs there isn’t just one toy box but two. Needless to say, with my thrifty ways, I’ve learned how to buy dog toys yet maintain a budget. I mean truthfully how do you think I could possibly afford last season’s Pradas if six dogs are playing with this season’s toys?
I’ve found they really don’t mind finding furry stuffed jack-o-lanterns under the tree on Christmas morning nor do they mind red and pink hearts in their Easter baskets. Dog toys add up quick. Therefore those after holiday 60% off sales at Petsmart keep my pups happy, as well as my budget. I’ve learned to stop by a day or two after each holiday and stock up for the next!
He is such an angel. Isn’t he? Note the tail wag as if to say “sorry dad, I couldn’t help myself.”
Speaking of holiday sales, it’s Labor Day weekend. Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s and Nordstrom were all having incredible sales yesterday. Let’s just say I may have a few new frocks in my closet. So what if they are last season, my wallet survived!
The better half just text me this shot of 4 of our 6 waiting for my return. Apparently the flash brought out a side I didn’t know they had. Yes Abner only has one eye.
I’m ready to be with them again tomorrow night!
Patsy, the youngest girl in the pack, is six today!
Patsy was born in Tijuana in the dirt under an abandoned car across from my housekeeper’s home. When Celia saw that a mother dog had dug out a hole in the dirt and was giving birth she took the mother and her seven puppies in. Six girls and one boy were born that day six years ago. Only Patsy and her brother were adopted so Celia kept the rest including mom.
Celia still has all five of Patsy’s sisters and her mother passed away about a year ago. Celia still comes to work here once a week so Patsy gets to see grandma and smell all of her sisters weekly.
Patsy moved into our home at eight weeks of age, just six weeks before our fifteen year old chocolate lab, Diva, passed. Patsy would lay with Diva to stay warm and it looked as if Diva had a puppy of her own. With her coloring, Patsy keeps the chocolate in the family. We are blessed to have her.
(I think she may have wished for the whole piece, but she had to share.)
Nina turns 12 years old today.
Nina’s rescue story started HERE
She then got her permanent home HERE
Nina is a wonderful addition to our family. She is just one of the pack theses days. She’s still a very quiet girl and rarely if ever barks. Rescue dogs seem to be filled with gratitude. She is beautiful as her coat has filled in from the malnourished, flea bitten 11 year old dog that arrived here with breast cancer. She’s healthy, cancer free, happy and a very loving girl. We are blessed she found us.
Happy Birthday Nina, may you have many more happy and healthy ones!
I posted the above this morning reminding myself that I do prefer to live my life seeing the miracle it is. Shortly after posting I take the dogs outside into the yard and in a forgotten pot my little forgotten cactus is blooming. The bloom lasts for about 8 hours and is bigger than the plant itself. It blooms but once a year.
May the miracle that is your life be as beautiful as mine is today.
It’s Virgil’s Birthday. He is 13 years old today. Hard to believe that my 12 pound Poodle/Chihuahua is thirteen already. He is Mitzi’s half brother, born 8 months after her by the same mother. He came to live with us when he was about 6 months old. He was an ugly duckling and no one had adopted him. He was about to go to the pound.
It just so happened Mitzi needed a first birthday present. She got a funny looking little brother who grew into a sweet handsome little man. She loves him and he her. I’m glad he needed a home, so is Mitzi.