Cosmo Is Unforgettable–Another “Tail” from the Shelter


Today is Memorial Day, and I woke up feeling grateful to the many brave souls who gave their all so that I can enjoy the liberties of this great country.

It’s a quiet morning, and I am a bit under the weather with a nasty cold. Luckily I have a nice, warm house and can nurture myself until I feel well.

Downstairs I started the wash, and lo and behold, my  40-year-old washing machine gave a gasping yelp and died right in front of my cold-swollen eyes.

It was while sitting at the local fluff and fold laundromat that I  started thinking about little Cosmo.

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He is the last dog I spent time with at the Newland Shelter, and for such a tiny soul, he made a huge impression on me.

I can’t say I walked him because I did not. Rather I sat in his pen and held him while he shook with apprehension. I think that is the only reason this sweet little guy hasn’t been adopted yet. He is terrified!

I held him on my lap, and I could almost hear an audible sigh of relief and  then—the shaking stopped. It was replaced by eyes that looked up at me begging to take him away from the cold, hard, concrete floor and into a  home of his own.

At only one year old, this little man has so much love to offer. He is a cuddler and just wants to be with someone who can look past the fear and into the sweetest eyes, and understand how special he is.

Please offer him a little time. Visit Cosmo at the shelter, and don’t think that just because he is a bit fearful, he wont want to dedicate his life to you and love you every single second.

Cosmo is a treasure, I can see that. Won’t you make the trip and spend some time with him?


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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.