This boy was in a Georgia shelter.  He looks so much like my Aussie, Annie.  I was torn between trying to get him and the distance between us.  He was on the Walton, Georgia site for several weeks, and I thought someone would adopt him.  He came in with a Dobie, who was adopted.  I was sure there would be a last call in an e-mail or something amazing like that to let me know he had no more time and needed help.   There wasn’t.  The last week I checked for him, he was gone.  I called the shelter and found out the worst.  He was put to sleep.  The only solace I have was that they use the needle instead of that horrific gas chamber.  He is one of the many that will haunt me forever.

Sweet Aussie Boy…RIP, My Almost Friend

I will make note here that shortly after suffering a broken heart from the loss of this boy, I found Raven in a shelter.  I thought Raven may have been the reason of my stalling due to false hope to help that boy.  Someday I’ll know. 

This was Raven’s mug shot released on the net.

Raven’s mug shot

These are some cartoons and pictures I got through e-mail that made me smile.




Speaking of smiles, this is such a fantastic moment to have caught in a snap shot.  I wish I had taken it, but I’m glad whoever did, shared it with the rest of us.

Such a pretty bird smile on a beautiful background of hueful sky

I certainly can’t have one of these characters in and amongst the Fort Doberdale Squirrel Posse, but I do enjoy their classic independent, haughty and inquisitive nature.


This was a pair of Doberkids listed on a website at my local shelter.  Thankfully, they were picked up by their owners, according to the shelter personnel.  Just looking at them makes me laugh.  They are surely a pair of comics.

A pair of characters

If you ever need a map of the USA, here’s one.


And one of our fair state, county-by-county.

Florida counties

I saved this picture from an article I’d read about Mitt Romney putting his Irish Setter in a crate after attaching crate to the roof of his family station wagon then taking off with the dog inside on a vacation.  The drive went on for hours, and even though that poor dog had lost control of his bowels from fright, when Mit found excrement in the crate, did that stop him from putting that poor dog back in the same inhumane predicament for the ride home?  No!  Any idiot that treats family like that is not fit to lead any country.  He lacks a heaping load of common sense for one thing and compassion for another.

Jack ass on the right

It’s from

Here’s an excerpt.

The incident: dog excrement found on the roof and windows of the Romney station wagon. How it got there: Romney strapped a dog carrier — with the family dog Seamus, an Irish Setter, in it — to the roof of the family station wagon for a twelve hour drive from Boston to Ontario, which the family apparently completed, despite Seamus’s rather visceral protest.

Massachusetts’s animal cruelty laws specifically prohibit anyone from carrying an animal “in or upon a vehicle, or otherwise, in an unnecessarily cruel or inhuman manner or in a way and manner which might endanger the animal carried thereon.” An officer for the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals responded to a description of the situation saying “it’s definitely something I’d want to check out.” The officer, Nadia Branca, declined to give a definitive opinion on whether Romney broke the law but did note that it’s against state law to have a dog in an open bed of a pick-up truck, and “if the dog was being carried in a way that endangers it, that would be illegal.” And while it appears that the statute of limitations has probably passed, Stacey Wolf, attorney and legislative director for the ASPCA, said “even if it turns out to not be against the law at the time, in the district, we’d hope that people would use common sense…Any manner of transporting a dog that places the animal in serious danger is something that we’d think is inappropriate…I can’t speak to the accuracy of the case, but it raises concerns about the judgment used in this particular situation.”

Here is a picture of chihuahua who had been punched many times by her vet because she would not be still for him to treat her.  Obviously the owner wasn’t around, but luckily an employee spilled the beans on this vet.  He had been known for cruelty before, and shouldn’t be in this field, but rather should be in jail.

Bella after abused by her vet

How sweet this male cardinal is to his little cardinal mate.

Cardinal Love Birds



About Helen

I’m a Southern California living in South Florida. I’ve been here for 10 years as of October 1, 2007. No matter where I live, I’m a dog lover, and my breed is the Dobermann Pinscher of the Working Group. I am also fond of the Australian Shepherd of the Herding Group. My life revolves around my dogs, which is something those family members of mine don’t understand. So I’m an island in that respect, but have built friendships with those who are doggie lovers and respect the canine as much as I do. Some do rescue, some train in, compete in, and judge AKC trials. The common thread is our dogs are family.

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