About me & some of the dogs I love

I just read a post about another blogger, a man with cancer who gains much from being around children. His words really moved me, cellularly. I’ve also been in touch with a middle age hippie living in Tasmania, who at first I misunderstood, later to discover her heart and love of nature/animals is akin to mine. Another blogger’s cartoons show so much wisdom about health, cruelty to animals, etc. There are more I’ve read of late, more I think of through the day, photos, poems, pleas, travels, letting others in, in such a wonderful open accepting way, and all the comments back equally as wise, supportive, accepting. Some of my favorite ones have been sites from fury family members, equally wise & entertaining, and as I’m writing this I’m reminded of why I’ve reached out and connected with strangers, across cyber continents.

I’m a Nurse Practitioner, specializing in Women’s Health in a rural clinic where I work. In my spare time I do pro-bono work with women with cancer, and some men (if I have experience with their situation). I have worked and was the preceptor in an Emergency Room for clinical rotations for the Nurse Practitioner programs at UCLA & USC , in the second busiest ER in Los Angeles County with the highest census of child abuse. I’ve seen a lot.

I have also been involved in dog rescue (Rottweiler’s in particular) with my husband for the past 28 years.

While working in the ER my husband & I rescued a dog, who came to us with ticks. One latched on to me and within a few days I had the typical bulls-eye rash. Antibiotics failed me and in six months an orthopedic surgeon, trying to diagnose a crippling arthritis, told me my Lyme blood work was positive. I was down for the count. There was not much I could do but read & write and so I wrote. That was the upside of the time I had, years. In that time I wrote a book, The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap. I poured a lot of what I’d seen in people over the years into the characters and centered the theme around a photo I’d seen of two women standing very close together, dressed in circa turn of the twentieth century garb, it screamed out lesbian couple afraid to be found out. It also seemed around the time Oscar Wilde was imprisoned for “indecency” in Britain, so I tied the two together, and out came the story.

As I became better, the book was reaching conclusion, as was our dog’s life. Tazzie died in my arms at home at the age of 15 years 2 weeks. She came to me and brought me Lyme disease. She also brought me to the seat of everything in my life I never wanted to face, and with no escape I sat at the seat of “me” (all of me) for years, which turned out to be liberating in a way I’d never experienced before. I suppose the old adage about you don’t appreciate something until you almost lose it came to fruition for me. I have written tomes about Tazzie and my love for her, which is the one thing in my life I fail to find adequate words for.

When she was gone, we did what we do; we went to the shelter to rescue more dogs. This time I was too raw, too heartbroken and it was near impossible to see all those sad faces in cages, on death row, at no fault of their own, waiting for a chance at life. I wanted to take them all home and once home with Eli, the chocolate 12-year-old lab we rescued that day (I had to get him off the hard cold slab, at his age), I couldn’t stop thinking of the others. It was around that time the first and only no-kill shelter opened in Ventura County, CA, where I live. It seemed a no-brainer to donate the profits from my now published book to help them and so we contacted them and worked out an agreement (my husband is a retired NASA attorney, a contract expert who now volunteers and does pro-bono in the Ventura County Courthouse and oversees this commitment). This in Tazzie’s memory.

It’s true that you can’t buy the feeling you get helping where there is a need. My passion is dogs, rescuing and helping as many as I can find their forever homes. Some of you write and say I’m an angel and compassionate, etc. I’m an ordinary human being like everyone else, who has been blessed with a passion, that motivates me to do and makes me feel good to be alive. And, as long as a dog lives on this earth, I will always be happy.

Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to read this. I’m always happy to meet you people, make new friends, fury included, of course. Please feel free to join the conversation.

Wishing you all a very Happy New Year

Photo on 2010-12-24 at 11.04Tazzie just shy of 15 years old, nearing the end of her life. She was with us since she was 10 months old, when she was thrown into a kill shelter because of a broken femur. She came from a puppy mill and was bought from a pet shop (this from her paperwork in the shelter folder on her). Her collar still hangs in our entrance hall. IMG_0061Eli, the chocolate lab we rescued from a kill shelter after Tazzie died. He was 12 years old and lived for another 10 months on a warm soft comfy doggie bed, always at our side.

IMG_0247Our kids now: Max & Bella. Max is a purebred rottie born missing a hind paw, thrown into a kill shelter cause the breeder couldn’t sell him. Bella a rottie-sharpei was found roaming the streets and brought to a kill shelter. We’re the lucky ones to have them, the two sweetest fury kids ever.

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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82 Responses to About me & some of the dogs I love

  1. littlesundog says:

    This is a beautifully written post. I too, have adopted rescue dogs having 3 in my home currently. We have fostered at times in the past as well. What a beautiful soul you have, my friend.

  2. Deb says:

    I just love dogs and have two of my own.
    Yours are/were beauties. 🙂

    • Oh, I wanna reach through my computer and give you a big hug, but a big cyber hug will have to suffice. Maybe we could all set up a cyber dog park, lol. I’d love to see your fury kids and all our other friends here. Please direct me to any photos with a link.

  3. Oh, this is so beautifully expressed. I am crying all over myself (and Baby Rae too) reading your story. You know– as if you don’t already have a new book in mind!– this (your story, and yours w/ Tazzie’s; kill shelters in general, stories of the other babies you’ve rescued, etc.) would make for an AMAZING full-length book. Happy New Year to you and all the babies.

    • Lee! Beautiful wonderful marvelous authoress-dog-mommie-soul sister. I fear if I were to ever take on the task of writing about my love affair with Tazzie, I’d not ever have a dry eye to see what I was typing. Her loss ranks up there with my parents and a best friend. She was the friend I needed the most when I was near death and in some ways I feel she brought me to that place, only to be my angel and rescue me. I love you, Lee, and you know I’m holding you in my heart.

  4. So sorry to hear about the Limes – guess living with Tazzie made up for it. Love your history of saving animals and supporting shelters 😉

  5. Thank you, dearheart animalcouriers. Lyme disease was certainly my chalice and my blade. I learned about humility, tolerance, accepting the hand I’m dealt because I don’t really have control and believe me this was a very rude awakening, but as my health improved (almost 95% healthy now) it turned into living with gratitude. I’ve been asked, “If you could change the experience, would you?” I am honestly not sure that I would. I look to Tazzie as a guiding angel, who brought me a very rough lesson, all the while showing me that unconditional love is always available, and so yes, Tazzie definitely made up for it. She made up for a lot in my life but then, that’s what dogs do. Big hug to you. 🙂

  6. I just finished reading the story of how you became ill and the wonderful life that you gave to the two previous dogs that have passed on. Now you have “two new dogs” but I’m not sure how long ago these were rescued by you and your husband. I stopped going to the shelter to rescue dogs or cats- there was no need- they came to me. I have a total of 9 dogs (one is my son’s old borer collie). All of the others I found as throw aways , one put over the fence in my yard, one pit bull that found his way here, 2 labs that I found as throw aways puppies, and two other ones that came from kill shelters that I adopted. I love my dogs and yes I have a number of them but I live on an acre of land. So I have room for them to run and play and they all live in/out of the house at will. The pit is in his own special run with a large concrete floor enclosure bedded with hay. He gets to run each day on his own. Anyway the plight of dogs and cats that are treated so poorly by so called ownders and then dumped at the shelters is, as you say heart breaking. People will never stop the inhumane treatment of dogs and cats. It seems that a dog or cat has about as much worth as fly.

    There is a great deal of controversy in my town at the moment about what to do about the shelter. I would get involved bu there are plenty of spokeswomen and men who can not reach an agreement with the stupid and uncaring city council. There is plenty of money in this town[- lots of wealthy poeple who would rather give millions and millions to a university that does not need more money.

    I can not get involved for it would make me ill. I am not young anymore. Way ;past my prime of life. I was widowed 2 and 1/2 years ago and now have an ill adult daughter who is draining my savings and me mentally and emitionally. It took 8 months to get a diagnosis of undiffereniated sp? spondoloarthritis or “rapathy.”

    I will finish this later. Must attend to some pet chores and I will have the correct spelling at that time.

  7. Bless you, petspeopleandlife, for stopping by and sharing. First let me say, you are doing right by taking care of you, but certainly you are doing tons already with all that you do for your animals and daughter, and it seems wise to me that you don’t involve yourself with anything that would make you ill. I admire all you are doing and a huge heart felt thank you for that. Now, to answer your comment about when we got Max & Bella, it was our year anniversary yesterday, December 28th. Tazzie died in 2011 and we then rescued Eli, who lived into the beginning of 2012. We rescued Max & Bella, when they were around 6 weeks old. We figure they are now just a little over a year. They came to us in bad shape, with Giardia (common in kennel dogs) and quickly gave it to Eli. Max had to be hospitalized. What a mess, literally and figuratively. We would love to have more dogs with us but our property backs on an office building which houses a psychiatrist and psychologists and they’ve complained about barking dogs. That has been a challenge. Again, bless you for all you are doing. Continue to take care of you.

  8. Angeline M says:

    You do such wonderful things by these dogs! Tazzie, I am sure, is wagging her tail in doggie heaven. I did doggie hospice for our 15 year old German Shephard/Setter mix several years ago, and I felt so blessed that she died in my arms at home. I don’t have any dogs now, and sorely miss having one (landlord no-no), but I have a bundle of granddogs that I get to play with and hug.

  9. Angie says:

    Awesome post and Beautiful dogs!!! We have 2 rescue dogs and 2 cats…all from O.S.P.C.A. We wouldn’t have it any other way.
    So glad I found your blog!!
    Angie

    • Thanks, Angie. We do love our furies! I visited your site and saw that really cute photo of your cat in the window, the expression on its face was so cute, and funny. I didn’t find a photo of the dogs. I’ll go back and have another look, and bless you for rescuing them. Great to connect with you. 🙂

  10. My wife and I greatly admire the selfless love you have showered your rescues with. We have our Gang of 5 (Jake the Wonder Dog, Callie the Sleek Dog, OC the World’s Smallest Cat, Zip Catch Me If You Can Kitty, & Andy the But I Meant It Nicely Kitty) all rescued from a variety of situations which would have resulted in their death. Our chosen path is to love on them and make them as comfortable as possible until they go into the next world.

    I will definitely take you up on your assistance with the book…God knows I need all the help I can get. 🙂

    Much love and blessings from our home to yours.

    Be encouraged!

  11. Blessings back to you and yours, including all the fury kids. So great you’ve rescued those that will endlessly repay in loving loyalty and entertainment, not to mention unconditional love. Your run across America should generate you a lot of promo to launch your book. That’s quite a task and I would think you’d be able to get some press and magazine coverage to help you out. When you’re ready, feel free to let me know, and I’m glad to help with connecting you with some sites that have been very helpful to me promoting mine, etc. Wishing you and your family Happy New Year. 🙂

  12. barb19 says:

    Your dogs past and present are gorgeous.
    Although Tazzie brought Lyme Disease to you, my guess is that you wouldn’t change a thing, because you have learned so much by having her in your life. Dogs do that.
    Hubby and I have had dogs all our lives, mostly rescue dogs; they need our help. Our last dog (a Llasa Apso), died 3 years ago and I’m still not over her. I love all my dogs, but there is always one who stands out and Penny was it for me; she was very special, like your Tazzie. We only have one dog now, a Shih-Tzu called Poppy; she is 13 and we treasure every day we have with her.
    I can’t imagine life without dogs – we learn so much from them.
    Good luck with your book and bless you for giving the proceeds to such a worthy cause.

    • Thank you, Barb19. From what you write here, it feels like you just visited the inside of my head, & heart. You have the most wonderful photos on your site and that video of the challenged boy and dog is so wonderful. What we can learn from the love of, & for, dogs, never ceases to amaze me. Give Poppy a rubbie from me. Happy New Year, friend.

  13. Sandra C. says:

    what a pleasure to discover your work …and your book ! i love the subject…this transformation , you are a alchemist i guess turning hate into love ! many blessings to you ! and be encouraged to write !

    • The pleasure is mine, especially after laughing while watching the video at your site on piano stairs. Wasn’t that the best? Oh, if only we could make life more fun for others. And, thank you for your very kind comment. Many blessing back to you and a very Happy New Year.

  14. Sebastian says:

    Hello! I look forward to really diving more into your blog, I have enjoyed it so far…inspiring! Also, thank you for following my blog at Faith1st Ministry. I hope it has and will continue to be a major blessing in your life. May God richly bless you as you continue to write and blog. Please continue with us on this journey and remember to have Faith 1st. — Sebastian

    • Thank you, Sebastian. I look at various sites and thoughts arise, that act as barriers, mental gyrations, and then my heart cracks a little more open and sees possibilities. I believe in tolerance for all, human rights for all, non-dualistic existence with all, as long as someone isn’t hurting another. A beautiful heart is a beautiful heart, no matter the beliefs. I was drawn to your site, and now you by your beautiful words. I live with a lot of faith in many miraculous things that exist in the world and in my own mind. Blessing to you, friend.

  15. lionelsnod says:

    I can’t put into words how powerful this post is 🙂 I think I’ll just let the tears and sniffles do my talking for me. Thanks SO MUCH for sharing your wonderful friends and their memories with us. God bless!

    Paul R. Hewlett

    • Thank you, my friend. Makes a lot of sense that sometimes “we” think twice about opening our hearts to so much pain, but then the joy we’d miss out on. I think of this often, when I look at my two puppies, and value every moment I have with them. But then I look in the mirror and wonder, how long will I be here? It’s such a powerful thing to be reminded of the impermanence of it all by our incredible fury teachers, to live in the moment. Bless you back, Paul.

  16. Denise Hisey says:

    The most loving dogs I’ve ever had came from the shelter. They know when they’ve been given a second chance. My father in law always told me “when I die, I want to come back as one of your dogs” because I love and adore them as my babies. 😉

    • It’s great to hear from you and you made me laugh with your father-in-law’s statement. Sounds all too familiar. I love reading what you have to write at your site, so honest, so raw (if that’s the right word), and really resonates with me. If you ever bike your way down to my neck of the woods, stop in. We live in a city that is on the Harley bike route site in California (one of the three) and has some incredibly beautiful country surrounding it. All dog lovers welcome in me casa, including doggies. 🙂 Happy New Year.

  17. Thanks for visiting my blog and following me. What a story you have. God bless you for adopting an older dog. My husband and I have a 10 yr old German Shorthair who we adopted when she was two. (I’ll be posting on her soon 🙂 Thanks for sharing your story. I look forward to following you and looking into your book!

    • It’s really great to connect with you here. My mother-in-law had a German Shorthair, Sheree, who as the sweetest dog ever. She lived to be 15. They are a wonderful breed and bless your heart for adopting her. Looking forward to her making her photo-journal debut. Happy New Year and hope you get some zzzzzzzz. 🙂

  18. Alison says:

    Thank you for your story, and for following my blog. I feel honoured.
    That bit you wrote: “She also brought me to the seat of everything in my life I never wanted to face, and with no escape I sat at the seat of “me” (all of me) for years, which turned out to be liberating in a way I’d never experienced before.” Yes. I know that. I was brought to it in a different way, but I know it, and yes, it is liberating.
    I read the synopsis of your book and immediately thought of several lesbian friends I will notify about it. I also will read it myself. It sounds amazing.
    Thank you.

    • It’s wonderful to connect with you, Alison. Your site, those photos… wonderful to look at. But, please I am an ordinary person, surfing around, following sites that interest me and connecting, having fun meeting new cyber buddies, and hardly see my presence as an honor or different from you or anyone else. All this, especially sitting with the totality that i am, all of it, and that sees that we are all human together, a big organic interconnectedness on this earth, with all our emotions, prejudices, loves, the stuff that surfaces all on its very own. Thank you, bless you, for the comment on my book but it isn’t just a story for the GLBT community, although they have certainly supported it, its more a story of intolerance (I bring in the Dreyfus Affair to point up anti-Semitism and Booker T. Washington’s Atlanta Address to bring in racism-no one goes unscathed) but more significantly it’s a love story, about the power of love and friendship to heal. I’m passionate on the subject of tolerance and also since the profits are going to help rescue dogs and cats, I’m grateful for any help. Most importantly right here, I’m truly grateful for this conversation with you. 🙂

      • Alison says:

        Oh I’m honoured by anyone who follows my stories. I sometimes wonder why any one would. And my fear is that my blog will be just more travel ramblings of: and then we did this, and then we ate that, and then we went here, etc so when someone of your obvious depth and heart is interested I do feel honoured. And heartened myself. I take it to mean I must be doing something right.

        This “sitting in the totality that I am” (I love that way of expressing it) is not yet fully embodied here, but it is the one thing, the only thing that allows me to do the life I’m doing, knowing that what arises here, as “me”, is the only way it could possibly be, and the frequent returning to that deep recognition and acceptance; a sense of being deeply seated and that nothing could, or needs to be, different. There’s a freedom in that, and a freedom given to all others to be the way they are. What surfaces is such a mystery – the where the when the why. We (I mean my husband and I, but it applies to everyone of course) have no idea what we’re doing or why, we just allow the stuff that surfaces and moves us, both literally and figuratively. It’s more than a belief that we’re “being done”, it’s that there’s something completely mysterious and inexplicable about absolutely everything, and none of it is ultimately personal, and none of it can be claimed. So we just let ourselves be moved, in all ways. I’m in tears as I write this. I have no idea why, just that there are tears arising that need to be shed.

        We’ve recently been corresponding with travel agents in Myanmar and Cambodia. Both have used the phrase “I have well noted . . .” in response to various requests/statements. I have well noted your comments about your book 🙂
        I look forward to reading it even more.

        I will probably use some of the above in a blog post. It’s this kind of spontaneous expression that’s the most alive.

        Thank you 🙂

      • Wow, Alison. That was some reply. Beautiful, wonderful, what better to enter the new than this kind of conversation? So what if it’s travel ramblings, in the context of “you” and what you just wrote, what could possibly be more perfect? We’re all just that, ramblings, movements, chattering, eruptions, none of it making any kind of sense if we really take a look but boy do we all have that in common. Some think the mundane is boring, to which I say, if I’m not “thinking” it’s “boring” then I’m just receiving and sharing with another, a friend, and my life for the most part, and that of most others is made up of all this mundane, the simple things we do, that really are kinda fun to ramble on about. BTW, I have a friend, Kerry Dwyer (heads up Dwyer if you’re reading this) who wrote a book, Ramblings in Ireland, which is one of my favorite reads of 2012 and it’s just what we’re talking about. To me, Alison, you’re quite okay, and to me that’s as good as it gets, okay, the big superlative OKAY. I have absolutely loved this chat with you as we head into the big 2013. Big cyber hug friend. 🙂

  19. Alison says:

    Forgot to say Happy New Year. May 2013 bring you many blessings!

    • How sweet. And, the same to you! 🙂

    • Alison says:

      It wouldn’t let me reply above so I’m replying here. Apparently you have a limit 🙂

      “if I’m not “thinking” it’s “boring” then I’m just receiving and sharing with another”. Yes. This. If I’m not thinking *anything* is any particular way then there’s room for the experience to be really seen/heard/felt as it is instead of it being slotted into a thought judgement. Thanks for the reminder. It helps for me to relax around it all. The blog will be an expression of “me” ( and Don) just exactly as it is, and needs to be no different. It’s a timely reminder to stop striving and let it flow organically.

      I’ve loved this chat too. You’re OKAY too! It reminds me of enough…ing. Letting life/things/experiences/anything be enough. When people ask us how we are we often reply “good enough” and that’s good enough 🙂

      Big cyber hug to you too 🙂

  20. yasniger says:

    I am quite thrilled with your blog

    Thanks for showing interest in what I put out too.
    I sincerely hope you continue to find my works entertaining & pleasurable.
    Be safe.

  21. Morbid Insanity says:

    I appreciate your work with the dogs! I love dogs! I can say that I adopted two dogs. One I found on the street and the other one was left on the porch of my house. If I could I would do it more times.

    Happy New Year!

  22. Thank you so much for sharing the stories of the dogs you have loved! I too, have a house full of rescue animals that nobody wanted. If I could, I would save them all, in the mean time I have 4 dogs and 3 cats that I love wholeheartedly. I don’t know what I would do with out any of them. They are my heart. ❤

    • Bless your sweet heart for having a home full of rescue animals. I can’t imagine my life without them. They may be your heart, but your heart is amazing and through your words, so deep, raw, and inspirational “we” your readers can learn volumes. Thank you, friend. Happy New Year. 🙂

      • I rely heavily on my animals to help me cope sometimes with just daily life. Not many people understand it, I can see and hear in your words that you share that same love as I do for animals. Some days my Beagle has more anxiety than I do, and I am always there for her just the same as she is for me. Happy New Year to you as well!

      • You betcha I understand. Give your fury kids a rubbie from me.

  23. Thank you for such an uplifting and powerfully emotional story. I love all animals wild and domestic and have an educational background in Mental Health as I feel such passion for those who have been abandoned by life, family and the world. And a background in Animal Health Techonology. I have drug animals home since childhood. They were what kept me connected to this world and left me feeling when family failed me. I cried when they were ill or injured and just yesterday had to have a stray cat taken to the animal clinic/shelter. They don’t kill them either except if they are very ill and can’t be fixed which is sometimes the case. I loved that stray with each passing day. And swore, I’d give it every opportunity I could give it when I was finally able to get him to come into our three season porch, to have some semblence of peace, love, and be able to be a cat for just a little while. He needed medical attention and with my two cats I have no place in this house to put a cat in seclusion until it is examined and tested for leukemia, distemper and parasites. I won’t put my two cats at risk either to catch anything. I wanted desperated to take him into our house, but the porch had to suffice which was so much better than sleeping under someone’s house or on the cold hard snowy ground. I saw a personality come out when his other stresses were abated temporarily that made me want to cry. He couldn’t get enough attention and showed this peace I hadn’t seen in him for weeks that he was at our house eating the cat food I leave outside to attrack strays. I knew there was only so much I could do without putting my own cats at risk so I did all I could. I am going to see it they will let me see him tomorrow. I’d love to adopt him, We had this wonderful heartwrenching connection. I just don’t know that my two cats will allow him to have peace in our home. And I can’t put any animal at risk of not having as healthy of a life as possible.
    I loved your story and I can relate so much to the emotional content of what you said. I have been there all my life. I have done surgery on baby ducklings and autopsies on deer that mysteriously died hoping to find answers for saving other deer. I have delivered many litters of kittens and found ways to bring feral cats to a place of nearly complete and normal domestication. You have a good soul and I applaud your efforts. I loved your post.
    Yisraela

    • Hello friend and bless you for all you did do, were able to do, for that little fury friend. I completely agree that it is right to do what we can, which includes not putting our other fury family at risk. Doing the best we can is all we can do, not always easy, but then look at all the good you did do. Loved hearing from you and reading all that. Thank you so much for coming here and sharing.

  24. What a touching story and not at all dissimilar from my story. I have Chronic Fatigue and don’t think it’s ever going away (but who knows?) and dogs have always been an integral part of my life. I firmly believe that every dog came into my life just when I needed him or her. Each taught me something only s/he could have taught me and left me only when I was ready for them to leave. They are the angels sent to us that we can see, hug, and love up close.

  25. I’m so touched by your story – it’s beautiful. I’ve always said that humans need animals more than they know. Thank you for visiting and following my blog, I look forward to getting to know yours.

    • Thank you so much for this really great and appreciated comment. I agree that humans need animals, the best teachers, for so many reasons but top of the list is how they move with the flow of life, in the moment, just doing their thing. I’m particularly passionate about dogs, but sure do love animals and nature. And…my pleasure re: your blog. I loved your play on the movie with your, “I see stupid people.” Good one. Very happy to connect with you.

  26. bluebrightly says:

    Such an interesting story. An NP who writes a book inspired by an evocative photograph after getting Lyme, and rescues dogs, and – probably a lot more to your story than that, too! Anyway, thank you for the follow, and best of luck with the book and everything else.

    • Hi bluebightly. Yes, there’s lot more…it’s been an interesting ride, that’s for sure. Your site, your photography on grass is exquisite. Amazing how you can overlook something like that every day and yet take a minute to look at a photo and it’s awesome. Thank you so much for stopping by and you well wishes.

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  28. Alison says:

    Just dropped by to let you know I’ve nominated you for the Shine on Award and the Versatile Blogger Award.
    xoxox

  29. PQ says:

    This is a great post. I found it both interesting and inspiring.

  30. What a beautiful and moving post, Paulette. It brought tears to my eyes. Your huge heart never ceases to move me. We too are great animal lovers and our two surviving dogs mean the world to us. Both are rescues. We ‘rescued’ our spaniel when he was only 10 weeks old. We could not find a spaniel in a local rescue centre to replace our other lost friend, so this time we decided to buy one. When we arrived at the breeder’s house a very unhappy and lethargic, but very affectionate little puppy came slowly over to us. The breeder said he was the runt of the litter and wanted to have him put down, and suggested we look at another puppy (she still had three left). We were mortified; it was obvious he needed help. So we bought him! That was our idea of rescuing him, as he would undoubtedly have died one way or the other. When we got back we took him straight to our vet. It turned out to be Parvo Virus. It was touch and go for about a week, and the vet held out no hope for his survival – then, without warning and after a lot of prayers, the dear little soul rallied round. He is now a very naughty and incorrigible 3 year old. We all love him to bits. Looking back – having been only concerned with the one puppy at the time – it seems all her puppies must have been infected, including the ones she had already sold. This just goes to show how irresponsible some of these breeders can be and how important it is to have the poor little things inoculated. That was my first and last time of going anywhere other than rescue centres. My next dog will definitely be another rescue from a shelter, though I am glad we did veer from the path this one time as there is no doubt we saved a life.

    • God had a bigger plan for you that day you went to purchase a puppy and ending up saving a life. We don’t know why we walk down the paths we do to land where we do or the ripples that move out to impact on others. My passion is to help rescue dogs but how could I ever fault anyone for wanting a particular breed or falling in love and be passionate with that desire? Tolerance plays in with so much in life. I don’t like to fault anyone their loves and passions and hopefully can continue to have an open heart to embrace differences as they present in all many ways in life. This is such a beautiful example to draw on. I love that you wrote this, that you took the time here to share about your 3 y/o fury kid, and I bet he is the best example of a grateful soul to enter your life. Doesn’t get better than that kind of teacher and lesson in life. Love to you, friend.

  31. gita4elamats says:

    Both my dogs were rescued from pounds.
    I lost Sushna in 2002. After Gita died in 2008, I couldn’t bear even the thought of going through that loss again.
    However, recently, i have been thinking of getting another dog, probably soon. 🙂

  32. Lindy Lee says:

    They quickly become part of the family & in so short a time leave us for puppy heaven. Each time is the last time until the next set of doleful eyes sets sight on us…

  33. petit4chocolatier says:

    You are wonderful!! I love dogs and had them all my life up to 2 years ago. My last 2 passed on due to their elder years and complications. They both died comfortably at the house. I loved reading this beautiful story. {{Hugs}}

    • Oh thank you, my friend. I can’t imagine life without dogs and because you are vacant of them now Max & Bella want you to be their cyber auntie. It requires you to do nothing other than know they will sending you loving BOLs (barks out loud) for the rest of their lives. Big hugs back to you.

  34. so sorry about tazzie & eli.two years ago, my environmental dr said i had lyme & i’ve had it since i was 7, but having worst fibromyalgia rheumatologist ever saw,no one thought lyme…especially since i played outside only once a year.lol

    • Thank you for your kind words about our Tazzie & Eli. Still have their collars hanging in the entrance way.

      I’m terribly sorry to read you’ve had such a bad case of Lyme Disease. Horrible. I hope that you’re doing better now, hopefully finding some ways to treat the symptoms and have ease and good moments in your life. It’s not easy, that’s for sure, I know. My heart goes out to you.

      Sending you love and many warm cyber hugs,
      Paulette

      • if i understood you ,yours could be treated…he never got to tell me anything except it couldn’t be treated. he was treating me for toxic molds & leaky gut & then i left for winter..he hired a new office manager & she wouldn’t answer email for appointment or pharmacy for presc & …anyway the mold is the worst illness i have…i’ll tell my s.c. environmental dr .sometime. he’s just 3 hours away, instead of 9….. my mother saved the collar too…my only dog that was just mine,didn’t need a collar;she never went outside

      • Lyme Disease if caught in time can be treated with antibiotics. I had the initial treatment and then was put back on antibiotics 6 months later for 8 1/2 months when the symptoms flared back up. Then it went to a chronic condition with all sorts of problems, paralysis, meningitis, arthritis, etc. but through the years I modified my behavior and health regime and it calmed down on its own-around a year ago it was 95% resolved. Occasionally, I’ll have a flare up/relapse when it’s triggered. I’ve learned what my triggers are and try to avoid them. There’s a lot of info on the internet of things that help those infected. Here’s a particular site that might help you: http://lymenet.org/

        Wishing you well and hope you regain your quality of life.

      • well i am glad yours is 95% better…i was already immune to cipro right before the anthrax scare in d.c..they tried to give it to me,for my 14 years now bronchitis from toxic mold,before they knew it was toxic mold…thank-you for the information too

      • Glad to help in any way I can. Please take care.

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