Crystal Has a Heart of Gold!


Another Shelter “Tail”

What a strange day it was at the beach. Our weather often amazes me, as it can change very quickly and that is exactly what I experienced today.

This morning was sunny and bright with every indication that we were in store for some real heat, but as I walked to the shelter, a thick ocean fog crept down Newland Avenue and enveloped me in a cool and pleasant blanket of comfort. “Perfect weather for dog walking” I thought, and I was truly looking forward to spending time with my favorite fuzzy-faced friends.


An interesting fact about my volunteer work is that I never quite know what the day will bring. Often it is rather routine with me walking many of the residents I have come to know and love. Most of them know me, too, if they have been around a while and unlike many people who often try to remain aloof, the dogs wag their tails and call out to me. I love their honesty!

I had already walked many of the residents and was preparing to leave the shelter when I looked down the row of pens and saw the sweetest little face looking up at me. She wasn’t barking or making a fuss. She just implored me to go over to her pen and say hello, so how could I refuse?!

As it turns out, Crystal is a new resident and I could not leave without introducing myself to her by taking her out for a walk.

Many of our dogs are so glad to leave their pens that they literally bounce off the walls with excitement. Not so with little Crystal. She allowed me to put the leash around her neck, all the while looking straight into my eyes with trust and acceptance.

Walking her was a joy, because this little girl doesn’t pull on the leash and seemed to know exactly what I wanted and where I wanted to go. She follows beautifully and walks with the quiet dignity of a true lady. When I sat down at the end of the Edison Access Road she put her sweet little face in my hand and looked up at me with deep brown expressive eyes. What a gift she will be for her lucky new owner!


Crystal is a very special little dog. What is she doing at the shelter? Why would someone not see the value in this precious little girl?

Sometimes I try to imagine the back stories.

Had her owner passed away? Is Crystal here because her family was forced to leave their residence and couldn’t take her?

This little girl has beautiful manners and is as sweet and charming as can be. She would be perfect for a senior owner or someone who wants a trusting and obedient new best friend.
Just as I wonder what a charming little dog like this is doing at the shelter, I also realize that there is someone out there who will absolutely love this precious little girl. She is a real lady and will charm you, I promise.

Please pass Crystal’s story on to anyone who might want to share their life with a new best friend.


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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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