Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Thursday, November 14, 2013
Did you know senior dogs are less likely to get adopted and have a high euthanasia rate? Imagine spending your life devoted to a family only to have them decide you were too old be around anymore. You're taken to a place that's loud and where you'll sleep on a cold concrete floor. You'll be passed by just because you're "not going to live very long anyway." Sound like a happy scenario? Well, that's because it's not.
Oh, did I forget to mention that I might get preachy in this post?
November is National Adopt a Senior Pet month. This topic is very near and dear to my heart. For the past two years, my husband and I have fostered dogs through an organization named Izzy's Place Senior Dog Rescue. It's a group of dedicated volunteers, working tirelessly to save senior dogs from shelters and poor living conditions.
Here are a few little nuggets of wisdom I've learned in the past two years-
1. Never assume because a dog is older, he won't have energy to play.
2. Senior dogs have just as much love to give as a puppy, but without the hassle of potty training.
3. Senior dogs may require a little bit more "maintenance" veterinarian care, but not all of them are on their last leg, staring down a mountain of impending vet bills.
4. "I may only get a few months or years to spend with a senior dog" is poor excuse not to adopt.
5. Never assume because a dog is older that he/she won't bond with your family.
6. The old adage- You can't teach an old dog new tricks, is bullshit.
Pictured below are the pooches who taught me these lessons.
Finn came to me as a wary survivalist and has turned into a loyal, loving, well-behaved, handsome (of course), older adoptee. He was so worth the risk I took. He has become my protector par excellence and the love of my life."
How beautiful is that?
This is Teeker. She was a... well, we don't know what breed she was. We all just thought she was a brindle cutie. Teeker was only with us as a temporary foster, so I don't know much of her back story. We loved having her here though. She was such a gentle giant. She was adopted not long after this picture was taken.
It looked very likely that she would be euthanized, until a local rescue group stepped in. They pulled her from the shelter and contacted IP. Emily then hitched a ride with fifty other dogs to Colorado.
Emily was a goof ball. Though she couldn't see, that didn't slow her down. When she barked it sounded like a fox call. She put so much effort into that bark, her front legs would launch off the ground. It always made us laugh.
Though we tried our best to save it, the infected eye had to be removed. This picture was taken not long after the surgery.
Little Em-dog crossed the Rainbow Bridge in December of 2012, only seven months after coming to live with us. My husband and I, along with her doggy brothers sat by her side as she passed peacefully.
Now I can hear you saying "Seven months? That's not very long. "
You're right, it's not.
But you know what? Emily spent those final months warm, well-fed, spoiled rotten, and a treasured member of our family. That was a priceless gift, not only to her, but to us as well. That alone, made the pain of our loss, well worth it.
After Emily passed away, we had to take a break from fostering to mend our broken hearts. We missed our little princess and for a time we weren't sure we had the strength to foster again, but then came an email about a little dog named Peanut...
I wanted to share these stories so everyone could see that there is more than just heartbreak ahead when adopting a senior. There will be laughs, cuddles, wet noses, slobbery kisses, and games of tug-of-war. Sure, the time you have with them isn't guaranteed, but that can also be said when adopting a puppy. If you're looking to adopt a new friend, please consider welcoming a white muzzle into your heart and home. It's worth it. I promise!
For more information about adopting a senior, please check out Izzy's Place by following the LINK or checking out your local shelter!
*We took Peanut in as a foster, but are now in the process of adopting her.
I mean, c'mon! Could you say no to that little face?
Monday, November 11, 2013
Title: TAKEN (Breaking the Darkness, #1)Author: Felicia StarrExpected Release Date: November 11, 2013Genre: Fiction | YA | Paranormal
Opening her eyes to an imposing prison of complete darkness, Kasha is accused of possessing powers and abilities she had no previous knowledge of until the moment she comes face to face with herself while meditating. Haunted by memories strung together by lies and deceit, she soon discovers that maybe her beloved grandmother kept a few secrets she had not been aware of. Secrets that could be her salvation… or her undoing. As she struggles to control her newfound powers, only time will tell if they will be enough to help her decipher who has imprisoned her or what they want from her. She must search for the answers and the freedom she so desperately desires. Could a handsome guy whom vows to help her get away prove to be the man of her dreams… or perhaps her worst nightmare?
NOT KNOWING WHO TO TRUST, SHE MUST FIND A WAY TO ESCAPE BEFORE SHE PAYS THE ULTIMATE PRICE AND FINDS HERSELF TAKEN BY THE DARKNESS.
You must betray your heart and walk amongst the darkness in order to find the truest light.
Author Felicia Starr lives five miles from her favorite Jersey Shore destination with her amazingly supportive family. She loves to spend time creating special memories with her husband and two young boys. Everyone expected her first publication to be a cookbook, but her love for writing has surpassed her love for cooking. Felicia graduated magna cum laude from Kean University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a post baccalaureate in elementary education. She is a licensed real estate sales person, a certified yoga instructor, and most importantly, a stay-at-home mom.
Saturday, November 9, 2013
Character interview with Devon Chandler
Interviewer: Hello Devon, thanks for talking with me today.
Devon: Happy to oblige.
Interviewer: I’d like to start things off by asking about your best friend, Olivia. What’s her best quality?
Interviewer: She was once quoted as saying you were “The best friend she’s ever had”. How do you feel about that?
Devon: Well, that’s a tall order to live up to. I can definitely say it’s reciprocated. I’ve never had a better friend than Liv, but she’s more than that. As a Revenant, I’ve been left behind by my family, she’s filled that void. For that reason, our friendship is the thing I treasure most in this world. I’d do anything for her.
Interviewer: It comes across as if your relationship isn’t entirely platonic.
Devon: I can understand how an outsider could view us as something more. We’re fiercely protective of one another and love each other immensely, but no, there’s nothing else there. Liv and I have always been just friends and that’s how it will remain.
Interviewer: I think a lot of women would feel threatened by a boyfriend having that sort of relationship with another woman. Have you found that to be the case?
Devon: Honestly, it’s never come up. I haven’t been in a long term relationship for some time. But, if it was a problem, I’d probably have to send that woman packin’.
Interviewer: But what if it wasn’t that simple? What if you loved the other woman, how would you handle it then?
Devon: Then I guess there would need to be a serious discussion and she would have to check the jealousy at the door. It’s not something I’m willing to compromise on.
Interviewer: I think that pretty well demonstrates your devotion to the friendship. So, say you find that special woman, who isn't threatened by your friendship with Olivia, what other qualities would you look for?
Devon: Honesty would be the first thing I look for. I don’t like women who play games. Someone who can think for herself rather than always agreeing with me would be preferred. I like a woman who is strong, but will also let me take care of her. She has to possess compassion, empathy, and not always be thinking of herself. She can’t be obsessed with her looks. It’s better for her to not realize how beautiful she is, than be hyper-aware of the fact. A sense of humor is always a good thing. Loyalty is great… Sorry, I’m rambling. Sounds like I’m looking for the perfect woman, huh?
Interviewer: A little bit, but I’m sure she’s out there somewhere.
Devon: I’m sure she is. Luckily, I have all of eternity to search.
Something tells me it won’t take Devon all of eternity to find his dream woman. In fact, the last I checked, the line of eligible bachelorettes was already wrapping down and around the block.
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Friday, November 1, 2013
Today marks the one year anniversary of when I began writing Prayer for the Dead. It only seems fitting that I capitalize on this date to announce the paperbacks are finally ready! I know there are a few people waiting for this beauty. I thank you for your patience.
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