The Journey for a Life(time)

January 27, 2010

I have made this journey with Francesca since April, 2008. I have walked behind her, beside her, in front of her, anytime of the day or night, through smiles and through tears. I have read it all and heard it all. I have sought my own answers.

Faces of the Homeless

January 5, 2010

Looking through some messages on Facebook this morning, I found a post that includes three photos: homeless women and their dogs — photographer(s) unknown. I was immediately drawn to the photos. In the hard times, the scenario could easily be any one of us. It could easily be me and my “kids,” knock on wood.

The Faces of Rescue in 2009

December 29, 2009

All the little souls in this film are safe – thanks to the huge networking power of animal lovers all over the world. From those who crosspost and email – to those who physically pull the dogs from the shelters and take them to a safe haven. This is a thank you to them all … their compassion, generosity and kindness makes this world a more bearable place.

The Grinch Who Stole Brindi’s Xmas

December 12, 2009

The Nova Scotia SPCA has cancelled all visits for Brindi by her owner Francesca Rogier, who is currently involved in a provincial court battle to have her dog returned to her after she was seized by Animal Control in July 2008 and scheduled to be put down for incidents involving other dogs.

Taming dogs with a mean streak

December 11, 2009

Steve Markwell is a brave man. At his Washington sanctuary, he takes in the worst of the worst that have been turned away by all other shelters – pit bulls, guard dogs, face-biters and cat-killers.

Holiday Book Sales Raise Funds for Animal Nonprofits

December 11, 2009

The author of a highly regarded new book on coping during a pet’s terminal illness is paying it forward by offering an exclusive fundraiser for beleaguered nonprofit animal groups. Books sold through nonprofits’ websites will earn them 40% of the retail price

Dog For Sale

November 6, 2009

A guy is driving around the back woods of Montana and he sees a sign in front of a old style house: “Talking Dog For Sale.”

One Man’s Trash is Not an Animal’s Treasure

October 29, 2009

These photographs of albatross chicks were made just a few weeks ago [2009] on Midway Atoll, a tiny stretch of sand and coral near the middle of the North Pacific. The nesting babies are fed bellies-full of plastic by their parents, who soar out over the vast polluted ocean collecting what looks to them like food to bring back to their young. On this diet of human trash, every year tens of thousands of albatross chicks die on Midway from starvation, toxicity, and choking.

A Feather Revolution One Back Yard at a Time

October 28, 2009

Because raising chickens and enjoying fresh eggs is one thing people can do to off set rising food bills. Its fun, kids love it, and the eggs are healthy and delicious tasting from happy chickens.

Baxter, The World’s Best Therapy Dog

October 19, 2009

Baxter, The World’s Best Therapy Dog visits hospice patients

Sharing a Chuckle with You

August 25, 2009

This seems like a good day to pass a smile or a chuckle along to everyone. I bring you Nora, the piano cat. Just watching this for a bit, I think this cat genuinely knows what she is doing… and she’s pretty good.

Child’s Letter to God

August 11, 2009

Dear God, Will you please take care of my dog? She died yesterday and is with you in heaven. I miss her very much. I am happy that you let me have her as my dog even though she got sick. I hope you will play with her. She likes to play with balls and to swim.

Free Brindi! Benefit Concert in Halifax, August 13

August 6, 2009

Free Brindi! Benefit Concert in Halifax, August 13 — 8 PM — The Company House — 2202 Gottingen Street

Adopt-a-Less-Adoptable-Pet Day: August 12, 2009

August 6, 2009

On behalf of the many big black dogs, FIV+ cats, senior pets and special-needs pets, Petfinder has named August 12, 2009 “Adopt-a-Less-Adoptable-Pet Day.”

Senator Al Franken Introduces New Legislation for Funding to Train Service Dogs to Assist Veterans Wounded in the Line of Duty

August 6, 2009

FetchDog, a Portland-based company dedicated to serving the comprehensive needs of passionate dog owners and offering high quality dog supplies, today applauded proposed legislation by Senator Al Franken to provide funding to train service dogs for military veterans wounded – physically and emotionally – in the line of duty.

Every Rescued Dog has a Tale to Tell

July 25, 2009

EVERY RESCUED DOG HAS A TALE is the story of homeless dogs fated to die on death row in animal shelters around the country that were saved by being transported by volunteers to other states. Each chapter is the story of one dog from his hapless beginning to his happy ending, complete with photos. Some stories are heart wrenching while others are full of humor. They all teach a lesson of how one person can make a difference in the lives of homeless animals. All it takes is a weekend drive and some free time.

A Day in the Life of Our Pets

July 24, 2009

Today, I would like to encourage you to adopt a shelter animal. If you already have two, get another. Save a life.

A Pit Bull Story that Needs Repeating

July 5, 2009

Yes, the hero dog is a representative of that much-maligned breed. Yes, pit bulls make headlines when they bite and attack, but other breeds bite without making the news. The media may be part of the problem, say lovers of pit bulls, because “we” seem to pounce on every pit bull attack.

This Marathon I Call Tuesday

June 23, 2009

I have reached the first rest station on this marathon I call Tuesday. It starts when my feet hit the floor in the morning. There is one such marathon for each day of the week, every week of the month and all the months in a year.

Who Rules? Cats or Dogs

June 16, 2009

Having several cats and dogs, I often ponder the question of who rules — cats or dogs. My response used to change from day-to-day depending on what tricks each species had pulled so far that day, but over time, cats seem to winning out.

Homeless Dogs in Kiev

June 10, 2009

This lady is probably the only one who cares about the lost dogs on the streets of Kiev. She has a small flat but doesn’t live there because she does not have room for all the 70+ dogs she picked up on the streets.

So you think the squirrels are bad…

June 8, 2009

So you think squirrels are bad…

Conclusion: Dog Found in the Ditch Goes Home

May 27, 2009

I am happy to report that the dog found laying in the ditch after being hit by a car has been returned to the woman who originally owned him more than eight months ago.

Lucky Ducks Repeat Last Year’s Ritual

May 20, 2009

Last year, Washington banker Joel Armstrong watched a mother duck sit on her nest of eggs on an overhang outside his office window. A little over a month later, the eggs hatched and there were now several ducklings perched high above the sidewalk and a couple blocks from the Spokane River. As they leapt off the overhang, Joel caught them