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

Friday, December 16, 2011


Here she is, Miss Poppy!  She arrived on Continental Airlines yesterday morning, safe and sound.  If you ever have to fly a pet somewhere, Continental's PetSafe program is the only way to fly.  However, I'm not sure what will happen to that program once they merge with United.  

Anyhow, she arrived full of herself and has had two absolutely, positively hyper active days.  She is very precocious and brave and funny.  And, she has NO animal manners at all.  She left her litter at 4 weeks old and so did not benefit from the many lessons an animal learns from her siblings and mom.  She is a 3 pound bundle of love and terror.  She climbed up the vet's pantleg and got right in his face, and he declared "Oh, you are in for it with this one."  

She believes it is perfectly OK to launch herself off the couch and onto Misty's back, or sit on Cassy's head while she's sleeping in order to clean Cassy's ears, and when that gets boring, she can bite those ears!  Reesie kitten is very interested but cautious, she's a smart cat.  The dogs are taking a beating from this little darling but every once in a while she gets rolled, so she will learn.  Our pack is very good at teaching a new arrival the rules of the game. 

She's finally taken it down a notch tonight and has been asleep all evening.  All the travel and stress, new home, people and friends has worn her out... finally!  

Anna arrives home next week, and what a lucky lady she is, to be able to come home to this One that we were able to save.  That was all we wanted, when we learned the fate of 60-75% of the animals at the Orange County, California, shelter.  We just wanted to save One.... and Anna did, and now we all have. 

Friday, November 18, 2011


Even though we have one of these

 and one of these
 and one of these
 and I spend a lot of my time rescuing these
 In December this
 is coming to live with us and here is why:

The Euthanasia Issue
In 2007, 13,000 animals were euthanized at the Orange County Animal Shelter. This number will continue to grow because the number of animals in the county increases each year. This growth in animal population will continue until the number is reduced through some form of intervention such as a mandatory spay/neuter program. In 2006, the OC Animal Care impounded 17,691 dogs with most adopted or reclaimed and just 4,341 (24%) euthanized. Of the 15,705 cats brought to the shelter, only 467 were reclaimed by their owners, another 4,361 were adopted by new owners, and 9,711 cats were euthanized (61%).6 The average total cost to the County to euthanize an animal is $159.7
0.  (Reference:  http://www.ocgrandjury.org/pdfs/dogstudy/dog-study.pdf)

While Anna is in Orange County, California, she has been fostering kittens for Orange County Animal Care.  The devoted employees there do the best they can for the animals they rescue, but there are just too darn many, thus the 61% euthanasia rate (and that includes kittens).  

This kitten is her second foster, her name is Poppy, and she is a very sweet, dear kitten.  Anna's first foster, Milly, got adopted very quickly upon return to the shelter.  We're not pushing luck, so there is no way Poppy is going back to the shelter, except to be spayed and vetted.  Anna will be adopting her and Poppy will be flown to us on December 14, and Anna will be driving home.  Poppy will be here in time to tear down the Christmas tree.  

Now, anyone who knows my passion for all of God's creatures knows this diatribe will not stop here.  Nope, of course not.  I am very lucky to live in New England, where there are nearly no puppy mills, and our spay and neuter rate is very high.  

This is not true in most other areas of our country, and probably anywhere you visit in the United States, there will be a shelter with statistics exactly like those quoted above.  If I lived in one of those areas, I'd probably end up on one of those animal hoarding shows.  Just knowing how many dogs and cats and kittens there are in this shelter made me cry, I am just not used to this scenario. While in Orange County, I had to call Denise, one of my partners in rescue, and have her talk me out of pulling dogs from the shelter and flying them to New England. 

Soooo, if you are a person who owns a cat, dog, horse, rabbit, what ever, who is not neutered or spayed, will you please do so?  You may think it's a nice lesson for your children to see an animal pregnant and then birthing.  You are wrong.  Getting that animal spayed is a much more valuable lesson, and one that will be passed down through the ages and perhaps at some point High Kill shelters will not exist.  But that will only happen if people stop their insane behavior of breeding their animals for fun or profit. 

Perhaps you are asking why in the world we would welcome yet another animal into our home, the answer is simply because we can, that's why.  

Wednesday, November 16, 2011


As you can see here my post about Harley won one of the $100 donations to dog rescue.  $100 goes a long way for a foster dog, and I cannot express in typed words how thankful our rescue is that we won this donation.  

Schnauzer Paws Rescue will use every penny of this donation for care of foster dogs.  Rescues run on a shoe string, where often the Board members are digging in their own pockets to find money to cover the needs of a dog that has been surrendered.  

This donation helps to close those holes in our pockets and keep us running, as we rescue and re-home one dog at a time.  Without donations, we'd be done and gone.  Instead, we keep running on our shoe string, and have rescued and re-homed over 70 dogs in the 3 years we have been in existence. 

All of this was started by Co-Directors Shelly and Denise, who with a lot of devotion and insanity, decided to step up and do what needed to be done.  They found me when I adopted my Cassy Girl from Denise's home.  Now there's the three of us, in it up to our necks, doing what we do. 

Thank you Mayzie Girl!!!!  

Monday, November 7, 2011


Mayzie the blog dog is holding a "Rescue Me Week," in memory of Grandpa J, who was apparently a dear friend of animals.  You can read about Rescue Me Week here.

Well, this one is a natural for me, since I am a member of the Board of Directors of Schnauzer Paws Rescue.

So, as part of Rescue Me Week, I would like to introduce one of our foster dogs, Harley.  

You can read all about Harley at our website's Rescue Me page.

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Harley is 4 years old and he was surrendered to our care after being hit by a car.  His owner could not afford the care required to mend the damage done by that accident.  As you can see, he required amputation of his front left leg.  Now, don't you think for one minute that this is sad or cruel or any such thing.  Dogs do remarkably well on three legs, and Harley is living proof of that.  He is healed and is now very busy in his foster home, dashing through the yard and wrestling with his foster sister.  He is being fostered in Central Connecticut and waits patiently for his forever home.  


I will reiterate a phrase you've probably heard from me before:  "Buy your shoes at the mall, get your dog from a shelter or rescue."