Chanel’s “Tail” — The Heart of a Lady


Huntington Beach offered up a lovely treat for its residents today.

The ocean breeze softly caused the beachfront palms to gently sway as they led me towards the shelter. The sunlight shone on their dancing fronds and almost looked as though they were rejoicing in the warmth and sunlight. It was as if they were doing a dance, and I was equally as happy because I, once again, was looking forward to spending time with my favorite furry-faced companions.


Completely honest with their feelings, I can always count on the dogs to offer me a vulnerable honesty along with their wagging tails. They have the ability to both ground us and bring us back to earth in this sometimes hectic and crazy world.

They don’t care that my old volunteer shirt has some worn areas. They are just happy to see me and are completely unguarded with their emotions.

Today as I walked down the center aisle of the shelter, I saw a new little resident. Her name is Chanel and I was drawn to her ladylike demeanor. A beautiful little Chihuahua with a very quiet and polite disposition, she didn’t mind at all when I put the collar around her neck and led her from the pen.

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Chanel was the picture of calm trust as we walked to the entrance gate, and towards the Edison Access Road, where I walk the small dogs and then sit at the curb with them to offer special attention in the form of petting, hugs, and sometimes a little brushing.

As I soon realized, Chanel is a very well-behaved little girl. She walked beautifully on the leash, following me as I turned and stopping when I did.

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When I sat at the curb with her she came right to me and stood next to where I sat—wailing for me to put her on my lap.

I have to share with you that there honestly is something extra special about Chanel, and it fits right in with her special designer name.

The fact is that Chanel has a heart on her side!  A special emblem representing this little girl perfectly—A tiny lovable package just waiting to find a special someone to call her own and share her designer heart with.

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Please visit Chanel at the shelter and take her for a walk. Let her know how special she is.

She doesn’t take up a lot of space and will bring a heart full of joy to your home.


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Having lived these good many years, (71 to be exact), has given me the opportunity to reflect on what I value most. Family, good friends, and the precious pets that have shared my life  have enriched me as a person. I’ve evaluated what is most important to me and what lessons I’ve learned, and what I’ve determined is that I want to leave this world a better place for having lived here. It is one of my deepest desires to be able to help those who have no voice — because animals have always played an important role in my life. They were constant friends when the world around me was changing.  One, (a small parakeet named Petie), accompanied me when as a child my family moved across country twice, (New York to California and back again)-I can still see Petie in his small travel cage sitting on my lap as I explained to him where we were stopping for the night and feeling that his company as well as my dear parents were all I needed to feel safe and secure. My pets were with me in good times and bad, often being the consistent non-judgmental voice my heart needed. Although I spent my working years as a commercial artist, both teaching the craft at a local college and in my own studio, it seems that in my later years it is by painting with words that I am now able to reach out to people, and it is my joy to do just that. I hope my stories help to connect people to kindred souls that wear fur on their faces but are just as capable as we are to feel great love in their hearts.  Rescue animals particularly deserve another chance at a happy life and it is my honor to bring their stories to light and hopefully be the catalyst that joins two different species on their journey. The connection we share with our pets is like no other, There is no need to be anything other than who and what you are. No amount of money or privilege will impress them as much as your kindness and attention. I do know that in the final analysis, life is good and most people honestly want to do the right thing. If that includes opening their home and heart to another living being, then my purpose is accomplished. I hope in some small way I can contribute to that greater good. Bio- Born in Middle Village, New York- 1945 Mother to a wonderful son, Michael who truly would be a cherished friend even if we weren't related--and fortunate in meeting my kind and thoughtful soulmate, Burt, in later life- I am blessed indeed. Retired teacher/ Orange Coast College/ former owner and operator of a commercial art business in Huntington Beach, California.
 Lucky to have had the opportunity to work in the art field where I was often quoted as saying, "You mean I am being paid for something I love to do?!"

 Interests: travel, enjoying local points of interest, movies, volunteering at the Newland Animal Shelter and writing about the wonderful personalities I have been honored to meet there, both human and furry-faced, and generally enjoying the retired life.


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