A Joyful “Tail” and Happy Heart

Today as I walked to the shelter I couldn’t help smiling.  Not only was the nearby ocean sending a beautiful warm breeze to delight me, but I was feeling a joy that is hard to describe.

Our little blind sweetheart of a dog, Manotas, the elderly gentleman with the ever sunny personality, has been adopted by a kind lady. She looked past his blindness and understood that it was only his eyes that were blind. He perceived the world around him with a loving heart. I believe that Manotas saw more clearly than most.

I wish him many happy years and all of the pleasures a happy home can bring.

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I was now looking forward to seeing another little dog that literally has pulled at my heart strings — His name is Max and he’s just as sweet as he can be.

For the life of me I don’t understand why this little guy is still sitting in his pen at the shelter. I think the fact that he doesn’t make a huge fuss when people come down the aisle looking at the dogs, but rather looks at them calmly without all of the barking, alludes to the fact that he isn’t friendly. That can’t be further from the truth. He is just a more laid-back soul and knows that the right person will clearly understand that.

Max is only 2 years old, appears to be housebroken, walks well on the leash, and still has enough puppy in him to be both charming and irresistible!

Yesterday as we walked down the Edison Access road he decided to reverse roles and walk me on the leash. He promptly put it in his mouth and we continued the walk by leading each other down the road.

He made me laugh, which made him very happy.

One of the most amazing things about little Max (and I am going to talk about another thing in a minute), is that he already is showing the calm nature that would make him a great pet for a senior or a wonderful companion for someone who wants a sedate best buddy.

And now for the most intriguing fact, Max has two hearts! One is beating inside his sweet little body and one is outside and affixed to his back!


That’s right, Max was born with a heart outline on his side.


He is not only a sweet and fun little guy, but also a walking conversation starter!

Please come down to the shelter and visit Max. He’s one of a kind.

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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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