Cover Reveal: His Name Was Ben by Paulette Mahurin is due out in a couple of weeks

 

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Hearing the words “it’s cancer,” threw Sara Phillips’ life into chaos, until an unexpected turn of events and a chance encounter with a stranger changed everything—his name was Ben. Based on real events, Ben and Sara discover that when all else fails, healing can come in the most unexpected ways. Chilling and heart wrenching, His Name Was Ben is a triumph over the devastating circumstances and fear experienced when faced with a terminal illness. In this narrative, the power of love conquers shadows and transforms the very nature and meaning of what it is to be fully alive. From the award winning, best-selling author of, The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap, comes a story filled with soul and passion that will leave the reader thinking about it for days after the last page is closed. “Paulette Mahurin compassionately renders an insightful tale about love and life in the moment, when a moment is all there is. Both ordinary and extraordinary, Sara and Ben kept me up at night rooting for them, as did Mahurin of course, a writer of exceptional heart, for her tender and wise depiction of love against all odds. A rare pleasure, His Name Was Ben is not to be missed.”—Lee Fullbright, author of The Angry Woman Suite “Against the biggest of obstacles a couple can face, the positive message is that it is never too late to start living.” –Christoph Fischer author of Sebastian. Paulette Mahurin lives with her husband Terry and three dogs, Max, Bella, and Lady Luck in Ventura County, California. Profits from her books go to rescue dogs.

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 Cover design by Barbara Gottlieb

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Over the Edge? Not Me!

Two days ago I received an email from a woman named Simone, from the on-line magazine Retirement and Good Living. She had seen a comment I wrote on one of their articles and went to check out who I was. Upon seeing the volunteer work I’m involved in she asked if I’d like to write an article on volunteering. It’s a great magazine featuring topics on health, money, travel, etc. and a blog where other people write the articles. Below is the article I wrote for them on volunteering.

http://retirementandgoodliving.com/over-the-edge-not-me/

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What more do I want?

The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap:

This is one of those things I needed to see. And want to share. So beautifully simple. So helpful. A big cyber hug to all my cyber friends.

Originally posted on Breath of Joy:

“He who is contented is rich” ~ Lao Tzu

Being deeply grateful for what you have is the key to happiness. It is believed by people who practice awareness that there are unlimited things for us to be grateful for. Gratefulness comes more easily with humility and having respect for others but with minimal or no expectations. It is important to remember that we need to focus on the good we have and not on what we don’t have.

In spiritual retreats and programs we are asked to list five or ten reasons every night for which we ought to be grateful and in just a few days beautiful changes start taking place – we feel more at peace and our anxiety levels reduce. It is also amazing that the reasons for which we need to be grateful also keep increasing more and more.

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An often taboo subject approached with much grace!

I continue to be extremely grateful to those who take the time read my book and to write a review. All the profits have gone to help save the lives of dogs and cats in the first and only no kill shelter in Ventura County, where I live.   http://www.vcstar.com/news/2012/sep/08/ojai-authors-historical-novel-teaches-tolerance/

A few of the recent reviews:

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5.0 out of 5 stars An often taboo subject approached with much grace!, August 4, 2014
 
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I found this an very interesting and thought provoking read and really enjoyed it. Well written with a lovely dance like flow to it!
 
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Period Piece., July 28, 2014
 
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Excellent reading. Nice for anyone who likes period pieces.
 
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful!, July 31, 2014
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A story of every day life in small town America for someone who is afraid to be “seen”. Relevant. Insightful and profound. Beautiful!
 
5.0 out of 5 stars Good story a real. life problem in a small town, August 19, 2014
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This story was a. true life experience in living with in a small town where. everyone knows every body when something is different it sticks out like a christmas tree in July decorated. Dave Mac
 
 
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Week 4 and I’m happy at last

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I just had a bath. Don’t I look pretty.

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Yes I do look pretty.

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My baby bro Max.

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My baby sis, Bella.

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Playing with Max & Bella.

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I won this round.

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Life is good.

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A Thank You From Lady Luck

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I feel your love and can’t thank you enough.

I’ve been with my new family, in my new forever home, now for eleven days. It was really hard for me to adjust at first and I was depressed, not wanting to eat, not even wanting to wag my tail. I was confused, wandering around trying to find my real family that I’d been with for what must have been fifteen years. Day by day, after two vets examined me, after baths and massages, after being hand fed, I perked up. Now, I’m doing much better. My appetite isn’t what it used to be but I am eating and I get biped food which is really yummy. My biped mom told me that there are a lot of kind people all over who have wished me well. I wanted to say a huge thank you and that I feel the love. Hope you all feel the love back to you from me.  Wag wag, Lady Luck

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Before the Sun Closes Her Eyes

A very valuable post, especially in light of our discovering that Lady’s appetite is leaving, singling that our days with her are numbered. It is with a heavy heart, yet a grateful heart that I share this. And I pray for as many good days with Lady as possible, that she may continue to open her eyes to the miracle of the gift of life.

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What a difference a day makes. And a home.

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Lady with her kong treat filled with yummy stuff.

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Bella checking up on her new elder sister.

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Max & Lady out on the deck.

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Waiting for treats.

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Oh that’s so yummy.

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Max with his kong.

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Bella munching her kong.

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Max up front. Bella by the water.

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Meet Lady Luck

A friend sent me this photo and the info below it. Needless to say it broke my heart.  I found out she was scheduled to be put to sleep but was given a three day extension. No one put in a rescue request. Her clock was ticking and so my husband and I decided to do something about this sweetheart. Her arthritic legs held her up for the entire 2 1/2  hour drive back to our place with her head out the window. After a good long sniff, a meal, doing her stuff in the right place she’s happily resting next to Max & Bella, her new siblings. She’s an absolute sweetheart with a lot of life left in her senior body. The shelter named her Lady Luck. We’ll call her Lady for short.

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A4709974 Lady Luck is an affectionate twelve year old black female Labrador Retriever who was unceremoniously dumped at the Downey Shelter on May 15th because her previous owners said she was too old and they no longer wanted to take care of her. Weighing fifty-two pounds, this sweet-natured dog walks well on leash and we think she may be housebroken. She is good-natured, likes the company of other dogs and we think that based on her age and her medical condition (arthritis) she would do best with older children. She has pulled mightily on all of our heartstrings because we all want so badly for her to go to a home and live out her last years on a soft bed and in the care of a loving family. Lady Luck is an exceptional indoor pet for an individual or family with older children living in a private home.
To watch a video of Lady Luck please click here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=CoM9MkXLJXY


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Very Different Story Line

 

5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!, April 24, 2014
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I want to thank all those who have purchased and taking the time to write a review on my book, in the name of tolerance and because profits are going to help the Santa Paula Animal Rescue Center, the first and only no-kill shelter in Ventura County, CA.
This review is from: The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap (Kindle Edition)
Very different story line. Very good read. What I enjoyed most was getting into the the characters and their personal histories as it related to their lives. I don’t want to say too much because I don’t want to give anything away. I think it’s the type of book that a woman would enjoy more so than a man. I could be wrong though and would love to see feed back from men if they have read it.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Period Piece., July 28, 2014
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Excellent reading. Nice for anyone who likes period pieces.
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful!, July 31, 2014
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A story of every day life in small town America for someone who is afraid to be “seen”. Relevant. Insightful and profound. Beautiful!
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Please Help My Shelter Win A Grant

The challenge starts again today. If anyone would like to vote please click on the link below and type in Santa Paula Animal Rescue Center. The VOTE line comes up with letters to fill in. Fill in the letters in upper case and once it comes back to VOTE click on vote. That should do it. Thank you in advance for anyone helping out here. Santa Paula Animal Rescue Center is the first and only no-kill shelter in Ventura County.

http://www.shelterchallenge.com/

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Westminister Free Clinic

My husband, Terry, and I volunteer Wednesday nights at a

free medical & legal clinic. I see patients and he sees people

with legal questions. I also have a volunteer gig at our

local public TV station, hosting shows. I was privileged to

be the host of the director of The Westminister Free Clinic,

where doctors, dentists, lawyers, nurse practitioners, dieticians,

chiropractors, and high school students, volunteer every Wednesday

night all year round. For a large part of the community, this

is the only health care they get. It’s non-government funded

and run exclusively by the kindness of those who can help, and

do. Being a part of this community service has been a real gift

for me and my husband. I hope you watch, enjoy, and feel free

to share the video. It’s also a hope it helps to inspire other

communities to follow suit so those without access to health care

may be serviced.

http://ourventura.com/westminster-free-clinic/2912/#more-2912

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The Shortest Story Ever Told

Thanks to Colleen, over at http://bikecolleenbrown.wordpress.com/2014/03/26/howd-i-get-here/#comment-27401 I was reminded of something I once read. I thought it’d be fun to share it and then ask anyone who cares to share their shortest story with a link back to their site. There are so many of you out there who I love to read, follow, get to know, but time is too short to stay up to date with every word. So many of you lighten me up when I’m feeling down, salt my bland courage bone when I’m huddled in a shell, stimulate my gray cells with new and interesting information, and inspire me to travel, to sing, to dance (well, maybe dream of dancing), to love my furry kids a little better, etc.

Here’s Hemingway’s story:

It is said that the shortest story ever told was written by the then young Ernest Hemingway, who said he could write a complete story in only six words!

 

His colleagues disagreed, and each bet 10$ against the claim.

 

Hemingway wrote down the words on a napkin
and passed it around.

 

Everyone agreed that he won the bet.

 

Here is the shortest story ever told:

For sale. Baby shoes. Never worn.

 http://www.egodialogues.com/2012/the-shortest-story-ever-told/

 

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Update: Lola’s On The Mend

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Lola day 11 with Dr. Simpson over at Ventura Surgical and Medical Group (VSMG). She came through a bacteria resistant infection and very rough spell but is now eating well, enjoying some walks to the grass area, and a rest in the sun. Bless all the good people over at VSMG who have saved this girl’s life and giving her a lot of loving care. And, to all who donated time, money, and equipment to help the 16 other abused dogs. All are doing very well.

Lola is the momma dog who was attacked while protecting her puppies. She’s one of the 17 dogs that was being trained and tortured by her owners to become a fight dog. The police have confiscated all the dogs which are now under Santa Paula Animal Rescue Center. Lola is still in the hospital. The criminal investigation is still underway and no future information has been released on the perpetrators. There’s been a huge outpouring of interest in adopting the dogs. Thank you to all who have helped these beautiful dogs have a chance at a decent life filled with love.

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Lola in a sweet submissive posture, saying a big thank you to all who helped save her life. The staff at VSMG say she’s one of the sweetest patients they’ve ever had. Go Lola!!! Thank you to all who helped.

Refer back to original post about Lola and her puppies: http://thepersecutionofmildreddunlap.wordpress.com/2014/03/12/severly-abused-dogs-puppies-land-at-santa-paula-animal-rescue-center/

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Puppy and Little Beau Spooning

The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap:

Precious baby & puppy photos.

Originally posted on Kindness Blog:

young boy and puppy sleep together and cuddle

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Severly Abused Dogs & Puppies Land at Santa Paula Animal Rescue Center

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Luther when he first came in.

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Lonnie when he first came in.

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Comment on photo from SPARC: Luther before and after. He and brother Lonnie were caked in dried blood and feces. We speculate that he and his brother were still nursing from mom, Lola, and seeking comfort and protection from her. Lola was suffering severe blood loss and deep bites to her leg. Was she injured trying to protect her puppies? Look how relaxed Luther looks after a little TLC. SPARC staff and volunteers will continue to shower them all with love, good food, clean water, warm blankets, vet care and we will watch them ALL blossom…together. Meet them all and watch their progress here…and thank you to everyone who supports their long journey…home.

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Comment from SPARC: WE NEED TO BORROW XL CRATES TODAY ! BRING THEM TO THE CENTER OR CALL SPARC at 525-8609
UPDATE: Lola is in surgery for her injured leg and to close multiple wounds. She was in shock from blood loss.

All photos and newspaper and TV reporting of these severely abused dogs can be found at: https://www.facebook.com/santapaulaarc

and

http://ktla.com/2014/03/11/badly-injured-animals-seized-from-alleged-dog-fighting-ring/#AfKOtxTjXzpSvizj.01

Santa Paula Police Dept. Press Release

Santa Paula PD press release

Press Release

On 03/11/14, Santa Paula Animal Control was dispatched to a call of 4 to 5 dogs being mauled in the backyard of a residence in the 500 block of N.14th Street. Upon arrival, there was an obvious sounds of what appeared to be a dog fight to the rear of a residence. Santa Paula Animal Control Officer separated the dogs and requested the assistance of Santa Paula Police Officers. Several dogs were found injured to the rear of the residence. With the assistance of the Ventura County Animal Control and the Humane Society, a total of 16 dogs were removed from the property.
Evidence of dog breeding was located on the property as well as evidence of dogs being trained to fight including an agitator stick, cropped ears and clipped tails on the dogs, and various stages of wounds healing on the dogs. At this time no arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing. The owner denied any allegations of wrongdoing.
Update: The suspect is identified as Silvano Moses Duran, 28 years old of Santa Paula.
Current Charges: Penal Code 597(a), Additional Charges Pending Investigation.

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How Do You Spell Love? DOG!

The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap:

My beautiful and talented friend, Cindy, has a heart of gold to feature these wonderful up-for-adoption dogs. Friends in Southern California, Los Angeles area, please feel free to share. Love you Cindy!!!

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Of course I was in a hurry. Of course I ran into these dogs and their foster parents. Of course I spent an hour with these adorable canines and their remarkable rescuers. Of course I missed my appointment and drained my wallet. Of course I am so glad I did.
Meet this little guy. He was timid because he was abandoned in LA on the streets and rescued from a shelter. He needs a good home but until then he is living with a loving foster family who will keep him until he finds a good home.
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Meet this gorgeous guy Marley. I loved all these adorable dogs, but Marley is the one I most want to bring home. He would love patroling The Holler acreage and he is the kind of big-bruiser dog that sits on your feet and leans his weight against you so you won’t leave. If…

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Meet Monty

The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap:

Meet Monty… and Helen, who writes with such brilliant intelligence that I can’t resist sharing her site. Have a gander over to see this wonderful post, it doesn’t disappoint.

Originally posted on The Venomous Bead:

Monty

Monty

Monty was born three weeks ago, but his mother rejected him. So, instead of being outside with this lot:

Four baby lambs, two three weeks old, two a fortnight old.

Four baby lambs, two three weeks old, two a fortnight old.

Monty is living in the house….and spending more time in the garden as he grows increasingly independent.

His mother and another ewe gave birth to twins on the same day – and both mothers rejected the males; butting them away quite roughly, so we took them into the house.
One little chap was just too weak to make it, and we thought we had lost Monty too on the second morning. We looked into his box expecting the worst…but a little grizzled head was lifted slightly, and Monty battled on.

Leo spent endless time getting him to take milk – he had no idea of sucking, so Leo rehydrated him first with water around his mouth, then rubbing milk…

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There’s no place like home

Recent SPARC Adoptions.

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Kiley and her new best friend.

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Buddy found his furever home.

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Zenith’s new mom.

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Delilah’s new folks.

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Conan has left the building with his new family.

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Griffin’s new love buddy.

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Sprinkles being loved on by new mom.

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Coco reunited with family.

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Dakota’s new siblings.

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Chloe’s new happy family.

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Does it get any cuter than Dalton and his new family?

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Clark’s going home.

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Troy’s new family.

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Nora is so loving her new family.

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Kyle, a SPARC volunteer, fell in love with Tigger and adopted her!

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Capone happy at last.

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Rocky enjoying the sunshine at home.

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Reggie’s in heaven in his new home.

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Zebulon’s new mom.

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Jazzy & Cora going home together.

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Junebug at top of sofa with new sibling.

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Vinny’s going to new home.

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Zeke going home.

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Reggie being loved on by new family.

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Shadow’s new family.

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Pepper found love.

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Dawson’s going home.

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The bonded pair have been adopted together. Oh happy day!

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Neptune getting hugs and going home.

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“Angie” was going to be relinquished to SPARC but it was clear she would not have done well in the kennel environment. SPARC staff quickly got on the phone and called everyone who had ever expressed interest in an adult golden retriever. By their efforts, later the same day a potential adopter came to bring her own golden for a meet and greet at the shelter. It was love at first sight all around and Angie got a new home and a new sibling…it rarely works out this well…but when it does…”Priceless”.

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Bear’s new family.

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Bambi in love with new sibling.

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Dallas with new family.

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Nala came to pick up her new brother Bryce.

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Babette’s new mom.

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Family photo of Autumn at home. She is very loved.

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Boomer & Baxter going home.

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“Hello to all my human and furry friends! Just wanted to show you all just how much I’ve grown! The picture on the left is when my family adopted me then on the right it’s me today! Thank you to SPARC for finding me this amazing family. They spoil a and care for me like no other it’s an amazing feeling.”

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SPARC alumni Rex.

To see these photos and more at the SPARC facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/santapaulaarc/photos_stream

Rottie babies

Thank you for taking us home and loving us.

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Wonderful!!!

For all dog lovers, a grrrrrrreat little video. And, stop by to say hello to my friend, generous blogger and all around great guy, JK Bevill.

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