From Death Row to Home Sweet Home

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Max & Bella

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Tazzie @ 15 years old

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Eli @ 12 years oldIMG_0036IMG_0169IMG_0174IMG_0220IMG_0228IMG_0296IMG_0323

The Mahurin Bookends

Many more passed through our doors before we had a camera. These are just a few of the grateful fury kids we’ve been blessed with.

About The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap

The year 1895 was filled with memorable historical events: the Dreyfus Affair divided France; Booker T. Washington gave his Atlanta address; Richard Olney, United States Secretary of State, expanded the effects of the Monroe Doctrine in settling a boundary dispute between the United Kingdom and Venezuela; and Oscar Wilde was tried and convicted for "gross indecency" under Britian's recently passed law that made sex between males a criminal offense. When the news of Wilde's conviction went out over telegraphs worldwide, it threw a small Nevada town into chaos. This is the story of what happened when the lives of its citizens were impacted by the news of Oscar Wildes' imprisonment. It is chronicle of hatred and prejudice with all its unintended and devastating consequences, and how love and friendship bring strength and healing. Paulette Mahurin, the author, is a Nurse Practitioner who lives in Ojai, California with her husband Terry and their two dogs--- Max and Bella. She practices women's health in a rural clinic and writes in her spare time. All profits from her book are going to animal rescue, Santa Paula Animal Shelter, the first and only no-kill shelter in Ventura County, CA, where she lives. (see links below on Ventura County Star Article & Shelter) To find out more please go the The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap on facebook or Amazon or e-mail us at the gavatar addresses. Thank you. (photos: of Paulette, her family, and a reading at The Ojai Art Center, July 2012)
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39 Responses to From Death Row to Home Sweet Home

  1. saymber says:

    What beautiful spirits have graced your home! Got me a bit teary as Friday is the 1 year anniversary of the passing of our Blondie. She was a senior cocker spaniel we adopted and she was only with us a little over a year but it was a full year. We kept our promises to her – she would know love of family and when her time came she wouldn’t die with strangers. Senior dogs are a challenge but taught us so much and are so sweet.

    • It’s the hardest thing, so painful, to let go of someone/somefury that we love. I know how you feel, believe me, we lost our Tazzie a year ago Sept. also. Had her for 15+ years and still it’s hard… What you did, adopting a senior is wonderful, and a huge cyber hug to you for this immense act of kindness. We’ve done that quite a bit, in fact Eli came to us when he twelve, right off a cold concrete slab, crying his eyes out, his family lost their home and Eli landed in a kill shelter. We brought him home, fell in love, helped him grieve, and he had a great 10 months with us. He just passed a couple of months ago. I’ll be thinking of you this Friday, and Blondie romping up there with Tazzie, and I’ll send you another big cyber hug. So will my bookends, Max & Bella…they just nudged me to say that.🙂

      • saymber says:

        🙂 Teary here….you truly understand what it means when you bring a furry someone into your life by your comment..no matter what age. It’s a promise that so few are able to keep (myself included). So families like yours and mine take the plunge with it’s inevitable conclusion because we can’t help it. It’s the loving thing to do for the “least of these” that ironically spelled backwards spells God.

  2. Nylabluesmum says:

    Nylablue here: Oh dese doggiez are bee-utifull!!! Max n Bella make great bookendz fer shure!!!! Tazzie waz such a cute doggie too!! Was Tazzie a Doberman n Rottie cross?? Me don’t know alot about doggie breedz…me knowz da iz all lubly n me iz glad we iz friendz!!!

  3. Oh wag wag, you’re back.🙂 Tazzie was a purebred rottie from a puppy mill in Arkansas, shipped cross country to be sold in a elite pet shop. She was bought by a couple that lived in the county I live in and was with them a couple of very short months before being hit by a truck and landing in a kill shelter with a broken femur. By the absolute Grace… I found her before the unthinkable and brought her home. She was so unbelievably traumatized and fearful… took us years to calm her, to open her, to see her sweet rottie nature. She became the most incredible friend I ever had (teary writing this). I contracted Lyme Disease from her and together we came through hell. She lived to be 15+ and died at home in my arms. While she was slowing down I was regaining my health, as if she was infusing me with her life and saying thank you for it. We have a beautiful portrait of her hanging in our house. To this day her leash and collar are by the front door… Thank you for looking at the photos and asking about her. In that photo, she was near the end… We didn’t get a digital camera till around then so no way to get earlier photos posted.

  4. Pack Leader says:

    What beautiful babies! You can see in Tazzie’s eyes how special she was. Thank you for sharing!

  5. Such lovely boys and girls. You did a great thing taking these beauties under your wings, so I have to say hats off to you! Crazy how tazzie’s story turned out, seems like a nightmare, that is until you got your hands on her. Seems weird for the owners to shell out all this money to get her at the beginning- at the posh pet store- then just toss her away when she needs a surgery. Some people…..I donno, but then there is people like you who make me realize there is still wonderful people out there:)- Kirby and Ma

    • Lotta great animal people out there, keeping a balance, even though it gets overwhelming, the moments of success are so sweet, so wonderfully amazing and the joy and reward we get back from our fury kids…no words can express… I love that you came here and wrote what you did, that we can share a heart connection, as strangers, and yet know a lot about each other through our love of dogs. It’s the best!

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  7. Chancy and Mumsy (Mag) says:

    They are all just adorable. How lucky they all were to have you to care for and love them. I want to thank you for stopping by Chancy’s blog and leaving the kind words concerning our sweet Angel’s passing. Your comment was very much appreciated. Hugs

    • Thank you so much for stopping by, Chancy and Mumsy. I’ve been thinking of you and your post and it warms my heart to connect with you. All the adorable fury kids, past and present, thank you for your kind compliment. I feel like the lucky one and honestly can’t image life without dogs.

      • Chancy and Mumsy (Mag) says:

        Oh, our house would not be a home without dogs. We are so happy to have connected with you. Hugs and nose kisses

  8. WordsFallFromMyEyes says:

    Oh, blessings – how beautiful!🙂

  9. John says:

    Thank you for following my site. I admire your work with the dogs. Well done!

  10. dilipnaidu says:

    A noble service to the ones in need!

  11. jannatwrites says:

    Rescue dogs are the best! I’m so glad you open your homes to these dogs. They look happy!

    Our Golden was rescued from ‘death row’ by a volunteer for the rescue organization. They placed her with a foster, who happened to be a friend of mine. We fell in love with the dog and are blessed to have her in our family. We still can’t believe she ever ended up in a shelter in the first place.

    • I know what you mean, Janna. Eli, the choc lab above, was the most amazing dog. We found him on a concrete slab crying his eyes out, 12 years old, in a kill shelter. What you wrote about your Golden was exactly how we felt about him. Goldens are a wonderful breed and make the best friends/pets.

  12. terrymahurin says:

    Reblogged this on tazziesplace and commented:
    Our fury family.

  13. gita4elamats says:

    Wow, what wonderful work you do!

  14. R.I.P. Eli in a great endless Love!

    Tazzie, Max, Bella… and all the others, I love You!

    Love.
    Eli

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