"Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will."
Mahatma Gandhi

Wednesday, December 15, 2010


It's pretty difficult to imagine anything more peaceful than this

We rescued our dear Reesie kitten from Cape Ann Animal AidShe was born in a litter of kittens from a rescued stray.  That pregnant stray was placed in one of Cape Ann's foster homes, and it was there the litter was born.  Because there were a number of dogs in that home, these kittens, and especially Reesie, were imprinted very early with a canine presence and so became perfect kittens for homes with dogs.  She and our Cassy dog, from Schnauzer Paws Rescue, have formed an amazing friendship and alliance.  

At this time of the year, there are so many in need, I know that.  Every week, I work at a Food Pantry, and there I see a need that grows every day.  Please remember your Food Pantries now and throughout the year.  Pick up a case of cereal and drop it off, once each month.  

And, please remember all of God's creatures, both great and small, now and throughout the year.  Not everyone can rescue an animal, but nearly everyone can afford to buy a bag of dog food for a shelter, or be an "Angel" for an animal in rescue. 

If you are considering adding a pet to your household, please look at your local shelters and rescues first.  Most people don't realize that it's not just cats and dogs, but birds, guinea pigs, hamsters, horses, chickens..... you get the picture, in rescue.  If you are considering adding a pet to your home and are tempted to go to the pet store at the mall, please visit puppymillrescue.orgIf after visiting that site you still feel comfortable buying a puppy at a mall, do so with the knowledge that any papers you are given with the puppy are false (especially those claiming the dog was sired by AKC Champs), that 25% of dogs from puppy mills die within their first year of life and another 25% don't make it past 5 years.  You should also know that the puppy was likely pulled from it's litter by 5 weeks of age, thereby missing some of the most important weeks of it's life, learning social skills from it's mom and siblings.  The rough handling it received in being pulled and transported constitute it's only experience with humans.  

As Treasurer of the Board of Directors of Schnauzer Paws Rescue, well, I certainly will say that if you are considering a Christmas gift to a rescue, please consider us for your holiday donation.  100% of any donations we receive are used towards the rescue, vetting and re-homing of Miniature Schnauzers and Schnauzer mixes.  Every penny of every dollar is used for the dogs.  If not Schnauzer Paws, please remember your local rescues and Shelters.  

Before I get off my soap box, I'll issue a plea that you fight the urge to buy a puppy or kitten as a Christmas present.  Over 50% of the dogs and cats that are given as gifts eventually end up in shelters.  You'll thank me for this advice, believe me!

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Some day, I’d like the memory of me to be a happy one, I’d like to leave an afterglow of smiles when life is done. I’d like to leave an echo whispering softly down the ways, of happy times and laughing times and bright and sunny days.