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Good girls!

This article was in my drafts folder for over a year!  Yikes!  Many of our readers already know this story but I thought I’d go ahead and post it.  🙂

Having rescue dogs in our lives has changed us forever.

Lady, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, is truly a bright light!  She was rescued from a puppy mill where she had many, many puppies.  I found her online and we were so happy when we were chosen to adopt this senior sweetheart.  The good folks at Partners For Pets rescue in Troy, IL took good care of her and we are so thankful to have become her forever home.

Lady wasn’t house trained and was very skittish, especially around me.  We wondered if a woman in her past had abused her in some way.  We’ll never know.  She’s so much better now!  She has a heart condition which she takes medication for, but she loves our family and we love her!

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Cassie, a Yorkshire Terrier, came to us through our niece, Jenna.  An older couple had Cassie since she was a newly weaned puppy.  She’s registered with the AKC and everything!  Cassie was already a senior dog when her fur-mom died and then her fur-dad went into a nursing home.  Poor Cassie was left alone in their house for weeks (with only someone coming in to feed her and let her out).  Jenna and her hubby took Cassie in but she had already developed separation anxiety and she was so upset when left alone during the day that she would potty in the house, even in an appropriately sized crate.  Needless to say, she was miserable.  When Jenna asked me if Lady needed a fur-sister, I said yes!  She still has separation anxiety issues, but we love her and are so happy to have her as part of our family.

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Both girls love to take walks and sleep with us and love on everyone!  We can’t imagine life without them.

Please remember to “Adopt. If you can’t adopt – Rescue. If you can’t rescue – Foster. If you can’t foster – Donate. If you can’t donate – Educate.” There is so much to do and there are so many wonderful cats, dogs, and more who need your help.  Our local rescue is P.A.W.S. (Protecting Animal Welfare Society).  Check out all they do and take a look at the many dogs and cats they have available.  🙂

Remember that home is where the heart is, and there’s no place like home!
Auntie M


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2013 Backyard Remodel – Moving the Shed

It’s been a while since I first posted about this!  We enjoy the new backyard every day!

After they built the foundation for the shed, they had to move it.  Not a small task as you will see… (click on a photo to see more detail and begin a slide show)


Next time I’ll tell you about the fence!

Always remember that home is where the heart is … and there’s no place like home!
Auntie M

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2013 Backyard Remodel

After adopting two rescue dogs, we knew that we needed to provide a safe place for them to run and explore freely without being leashed.  So in September, we started the 2013 Backyard Remodel project… fencing in a large portion of our yard.

John, with lots of help from our son Greg and son-in-law Steven, moved an existing shed, drilled 36 post holes and set 36 posts in concrete, strung 100+ feet of fencing, built three gates, and moved several loads of gravel.

It was a lot of work but finally, just before Thanksgiving, it was finished!  The girls are so happy!  And so are we!

I’m going to let the photos tell the story…. (click on a photo to see more detail and begin a slide show)

There are lots more photos so look for them in future posts.

Always remember that home is where the heart is … and there’s no place like home!
Auntie M

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The Girls

Oh my goodness!  Can it be December 28th already?  A belated Merry Christmas to you!

Well, let’s see… in my last post I told you about our new family member, Lady.  I also mentioned that we were praying about a companion dog for her.  Good news!  On August 3rd, we adopted Cassie, a 9 year old Yorkshire Terrier who needed a new home.

Cassie had been with her previous pet parents, an older couple, since she was 5 weeks old, so it was an adjustment when her pet mom died, her pet dad went to live in a nursing home and, for two months or so no one was able to keep her.  But when our niece Jenna introduced me to Cassie, it was love at first sight!

John and I had thought that we wanted to get another Cavalier King Charles Spaniel so it took a day or so for us to adjust to the thought of a Yorkie.  Jenna and I had arranged for me to meet Cassie at her check up at the veterinarian and by the time we were finished there, I knew she would come home with me right then!

When we got home John and Lady were outside to greet us and “the girls” (as we call them) got along right from the start!  It was all meant to be!

So now our lives revolve around being a two dog family and all that goes with it… house training, command training, food (dry, wet, or combination?), allergy problems (for Cassie), heart problems (for Lady), teeth cleaning, walking them, playing with them, going for rides in the car with them, and loving them with all our hearts.

If you’re thinking of getting a pet, please consider adopting a rescue animal.  Providing a loving forever home will be a huge blessing!

Always remember that home is where the heart is … and there’s no place like home!
Auntie M

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Two big things, part 2

The second big thing in our lives happened in February.  Hubby John and I were watching a show on Animal Planet about different dog breeds.  Mothers Day 2013On this particular day, on this particular episode, they showcased the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.  We had never heard of the breed but we found ourselves glued to the TV, listening to every word about this loving, laid-back, lap dog!  We looked at each other and agreed that maybe we could go for that kind of a dog!

I started researching Cavaliers online and thought I’d look into what it would take to get a puppy.  I soon discovered that to get a puppy from a reputable breeder was out of the question cost-wise.  Besides, John and I are getting older and really didn’t think we had the energy required to raise a puppy.

So I wondered if I could find one at a rescue shelter somewhere.  Low and behold, not 10 minutes later, I discovered a rescue shelter called Partners for Pets, less than two hours from our home, and they had a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel named Sissy! (

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Adoption Day

Our daughter, Emily and her hubby live in that area so we contacted them to ask if they knew anything about Partners for Pets.  Well, not only had they heard of them, they had actually adopted one of their three rescued cats from Partners for Pets!

We read the description about this older female Cavalier who was loved by the staff and volunteers alike at the shelter. It said she had a hard life as a breeder dog in a puppy mill and she had many, many puppies before they decided she was no longer of any use to them. We felt her tugging at our heart strings from that moment.

So, we took a deep breath and downloaded the adoption application.  It was quite extensive!  We had to give references, the name of our vet, and tell them how we would care for an adopted pet, about our life-style, and so on.  After sending in the application, the waiting to hear back was nerve-wracking!

Finally, we got an email reply and were told that we were approved but we were second in line to adopt this sweet dog.  If the first applicant’s references didn’t check out, then we’d be first in line.  Oh my, the waiting was hard, but we wanted the best for us and for Sissy so we trusted the Lord for everything to work out the way it was supposed to.

Just a day or so later another email came from the shelter volunteer.  This one said that we were now first in line to adopt Sissy and asked when we could come to one of their adoption events to meet her!  Yay!!!

Our Little Lady

Our Little Lady

So on Saturday, February 16, John and I drove down to the Partners for Pets adoption event, met Lady (as we named her), fell completely in love with her, and brought her home!  ♥

Of course we’re all still adjusting to our new lives…. Lady was not house trained (although that’s getting much better) and she still doesn’t know how to play, but she is flourishing with a loving family in her fur-ever home!

We’ve had Lady now for about 4-1/2 months and are thinking that she needs a companion dog, so we’re praying for the right one to adopt when the time is right.

Thinking of getting a pet?  Please consider rescuing a dog or cat…you won’t regret it!

Always remember that home is where the heart is … and there’s no place like home!
Auntie M