Ho Ho Ho, Pirate’s Back!


It is my habit to check the dogs available at our shelter on Sunday night, and think about all of the sweet little beings I will have the opportunity to work with on Monday.

I was a bit dismayed, though, when I saw that one of my favorite pups had been returned.

pirate dog

It is so sad when this happens. The dog is confused, and often depressed, to find the home he was enjoying and the bed he had been cuddling up in has been replaced with the concrete walls of a pen, and no one except for the caretakers to make him feel special.

I think we all need to feel as though we matter, and that in someone’s eyes we are truly unique and cherished.

Now, Pirate, he is a different sort of dog. He is the eternal optimist and when I talked to our front office manager, she said that he was overjoyed to see her. And I have to say, with not a bit of modesty, Pirate was extremely pleased to see me, too.

We had a lovely walk and ‘meet and greet’ on the curb of the Edison Access Road. He was full of licks and happy bounces when I sat down and fussed over him.

From the little notch in his ear (for a pirate’s earring no doubt) to his little snaggle-toothed grin, he is a delight!

He is so deserving of a forever home and I truly hope that wish comes true for Christmas and the holiday season. Pirate deserves a stocking filled with biscuits, a bed to warm, and a lap to snuggle in.


This was a day of surprises and some delight for me, too, and I’d like to share this smile with you.

I was walking down the aisle of the kennel, after working with Pirate, to choose another sweet little dog to walk. We shared a lot of mutual hugging and I noticed how silky his fur was and what a sweet disposition he had.

Anyway, upon walking him back to his pen, I noticed an older lady looking at the dogs and asked her if she had anything special in mind. She shared with me that she had recently lost her little dog and wanted to find another dog to rescue.

The dog she described was very much like the little guy I had just walked, so guess what?! I scooped up the pup and said, “This one is really special, how about him?”

I can honestly say they both fell in love at that instant and she walked into the shelter to start the adoption process–made my day!

The fact is we now have so many dogs that need to be taken out of the shelter and placed in loving homes. 48 at last count.

Please think about Pirate and the other dogs that need rescuing. I promise they will thank you every single day of their lives!


Please do share this ‘tail’ with anyone who might be interested in rescuing 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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