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Golden Retriever Service Dog Left in Car for 2 Hours – Dies

I cannot begin to tell you how much this article upsets me; we are to be guardians for animals.  (And this sweet baby was groomed to give his life in service to help someone in need.)   It’s not bad enough that for some reason, the public at large doesn’t seem to use common sense and not leave an animal (or child!) in a car unattended, especially in the heat. But when a person who is well-versed with handling animals does it? It sends me into crazy Irish/Italian mode, for sure. Lord help me….Lord help our furry friends.

The Daily Golden

Carrboro, NC – I realize that there are many stories in the news of this happening, but apparently it is still not hitting home with some people.

The temperature outside is not relative to the temperature inside a vehicle, and it only takes minutes to reach temps over 100 degrees even when its only 75 outside.


On June 10, Deb Cunningham learned this lesson the hard way.  Deb is a program director at an organization called Eyes, Ears, Nose and Paws.  They are a non-profit organization that trains and places service and diabetic assistance dogs.

On that particular day, Worthy, a 2 year old golden retriever, was suffering separation anxiety so Cunningham took him to the office.  Worthy had completed his training and was scheduled to be placed with his new client the following week.

Because it was only 73 degrees and she parked in the shade (at high…

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Chocolate Love


Richard & Cody

I am on a road trip to visit family and friends…just me and my Mom…first time ever.  It’s been great until 48 hours ago when I learned that my beloved, Golden Retriever, Cody, is very, very sick…and I am 12 hours away from home at my Aunt and Uncle’s house in Georgia.  My hubby and son are taking care of things at home, but my Cody is like another child to me.  At 15, he has loved me, protected me (even bit a man who was trying to attack me) and has always been by my side.  Many tears cried into his fur and his unconditional love and affection has always been there for me and my guys…technically, he’s my son, Richard’s dog, but yea, he’s a “Momma’s Dog”.  Richard, has always teased me saying that if he believed in reincarnation that he wanted to come back as my dog.  🙂

Cody started getting sick almost the minute I left and right now he’s still at the vet hospital.  They are still not sure what is going on but the vet has given me some peace  that she has stabilized him and that there is nothing else being violently expelled from either end of his body.  Peace enough that she said I didn’t have to hop on the first flight home, as was my intent.  He is getting the best care my money can buy and my son and hubby are visiting with him and I am learning to be “ok” with that I am not there.  My heart is still broken, but if he continues to improve, I can continue my once in a lifetime trip with my mom.  I am very thankful for the support my mom, aunt and uncle have given to me and their offer to fly me home.  Having supportive family is such a blessing, especially knowing that some people do not have one.  The icing on the cake, so to speak, is supportive furbabies…

DJ = Chocolate Love

My aunt’s chocolate lab, DJ, is apparently very “in tune” with me and my emotions.  Although Aunt Dee has 2 labs (one black, one chocolate), DJ has been snuggling with me, shadowing me, her fur has held my tears as she has been loving all over me since I got the news about my Cody and I have been upset – loving me through my pain like only a furbaby can. Nothing like having a 100 pound dog sit on your lap…now THAT is true love for you…:)


Love Makes it All Better

Yes…it has been a challenging week for many folks in our country…2 national tragedies that still need our prayers…for those who have lost precious loved ones…for the people who are on the front lines in search/rescue/medical personnel…and those of us who are “on the outside looking in”.  While in weeks like this, we might wonder where God is in all of this…well..His heart is grieving, too, and He wants to show us His Love.

I saw this Snoopy cartoon and it reminded me of our week…but how God would love to just love on us during this time…and not just with a kiss, but with His Love, Peace, and Compassion.  The question is…will you let Him?


Photo: Charles Schultz – Snoopy

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Don’t Be Stopped!


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Hysterical video clip…

If this happens to animals, imagine what WE look like when we eat fast food – yuck!  Moral to this story is watch what you put in your pie hole 🙂

LOL a great funny for the evening…enjoy!

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Since I started rescuing dogs…

Since I started rescuing dogs...

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Love Your Pet Day

Love Your Pet Day

Today is “Love Your Pet Day”! In celebration of the day, I am sharing just a little bit about my furry love, Cody. Here’s one of my favorite recent pictures of him – riding shotgun with Richard. Taking a ride in our SUV is his favorite thing to do – other than playing in the snow. You would never know it by his spry and friendly personality, like most goldens, but next month he will be 15 years old! In a lot of ways, he’s the center of our family and I am so very thankful for him and the lessons he’s taught us; said better by an unknown author…

If A Dog Were Your Teacher

You would learn stuff like…

* When loved ones come home, always run to greet them

* Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride

* Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure ecstasy

* When it’s in your best interest – practice obedience

* Let others know when they’ve invaded your territory

* Take naps and stretch before rising

* Run, romp and play daily

* Thrive on attention and let people touch you

* Avoid biting, when a simple growl will do

* On warm days, stop to lie on your back on the grass

* On hot days, drink lots of water and lay under a shady tree

* When you’re happy, dance around and wag your entire body

* Delight in the simple joy of a long walk

* Eat with gusto and enthusiasm; stop when you have had enough

* Be loyal and loving

* If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it

* When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by and nuzzle them gently

My furbaby, Cody, has taught us all of this and much more. We are so blessed to have him part of our family. I’m going to celebrate Cody today by making him one of his favorite homemade doggie treats, (Here’s his cheesey favorite – we use cheddar:

Also going to get him a goodie from:

Do you have any pets? If so, share them with us! If not, share what kind of pet you would have if you could have one and why.

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Doggie Burglar?

This is hysterical – totally made my day! Hope it does the same for you 🙂

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