Princess & Blue Adopted together

Blue inspecting his new yard

Malnourished Blue was brought in with his sibling Princess to a kill shelter. They were both adopted by a loving family. He’s now happy inspecting his new yard.

Princess & Blue happy at home

Princess in the foreground with Blue in back. Enjoying their new home’s beautiful yard.

Thank you to everyone who purchased one of my books and took the time to write a review. All profits from all my books are going to help get dogs like Blue and Princess out of kill shelters.

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on 25 September 2015
“It is a crime to exploit patriotism in the service of hatred.” –Emile Zola
I found this book fascinating; not only for the content itself, but also for the way it is written. The story of injustice and bigotry from the 19th century has tenets that ring true even today. When an entire race or religion is dehumanized by unscrupulous government leaders, and sensation-seeking journalist can sway public opinion with lies and propaganda, truth and justice are often the victims.
Edmund Burke once said, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”
The story of how Emile Zola risked his reputation, his freedom, and even his life to shed light on a huge injustice is inspiring. This book, written as a narrative from someone closely involved with Zola, pulls the reader in from the very first pages. I found it a refreshing treatment of a dark time in history, and I am anxious to read more from this talented author.
on September 29, 2015

This novel is a rare beast: at once an entirely factual account of a historical event, edifying and intriguing, and a richly moving piece of fiction that brings its characters to life in wonderful exchanges and passages of naturalist prose.

One of the things that delighted me most was the subtle way in which Paulette Mahurin brought out the characters and made them empathetic: big changes like Zola’s travels are treated with deft descriptions, but the change in timbre of his voice, the movement of his hand, these little nuances make him a truly elegantly drawn character. I loved the elegiac relationships, and the melancholy descriptions of Dreyfus, whose character brings such gravitas to the book.

Without spoiling the novel, the story is an extraordinary one on a terrible miscarriage of justice, with a terrible story of anti-Semitism brought to the fore. This is a must-read novel for anyone interested in Zola, historical fiction, and those who wish to learn more about a dark passage in history, and is written in a graceful, natural style befitting a novel about Emile Zola, the ideological hero of the story.

on 29 September 2015
A while ago, I read another novel about the mysterious Dreyfus Affair, and it left such an impression, I was thrilled to find To Live Out Loud, a truly fascinating, well-researched account of this story.
The story begins in the late 19th century, when Dreyfus is sentenced for passing France’s secrets to Germany. It was so interesting to read about the build up of tension between the countries in parallel to the tension the individual characters experienced. The sentenced man is Jewish and at this time, this sadly created even more distrust towards him, and probably encouraged public mistrust. Dreyfus’ case quickly garners quite a bit of attention, and evidence of his innocence surfaces. However, the army is not willing to accept any guilt in the unlawful jailing of the man, and sends him overseas to a penal colony of sorts.
The story is about more than Dreyfus, however, it is also the tale of the writer, Emile Zola, who is wrapped up in it, and faces a libel case. I was not previously familiar with Zola’s J’accuse letter, but this story has certainly encouraged me to research the case even further. Zola’s stance against anti-semitism in France and his questioning of the use/abuse of legal powers of the state are important and really serve to paint a picture of the man. Mahurin, however, does not make him or anyone out to be one-dimensionally heroic or villainous. Zola has a mistress, as well as a wife – something that seemed to be relatively acceptable at the time, but when it comes down to it, he stays very true to his ideals, even sacrificing a promising career. Zola’s insistence of fair-trials and treatment of prisoners, as well as religious freedom, emphasize the way of thinking of a respected, enlightened Frenchman at this time. I also liked his quotes, which appear at the start of each chapter.
For such a short read, I feel it explored this story with great depth and an elegant language.
I look forward to reading more about this subject and by this author!
on September 27, 2015

I was completely oblivious to the plight of Emile Zola, but I love a good historical fiction.

This book certainly delivers that and left me with a growing curiosity of the story behind this book, of which I will certainly be following up on. The author tells the story in a strong and engaging fashion, and you are quickly drawn into Zola’s passion and courage and his indignation as misjustice.

on September 29, 2015
I never used to think I would like Historical Fiction but came across this one and decided to give it a go, having enjoyed other books in this genre. I’m pleased to say that it didn’t disappoint. From the start we’re thrown in at the beginning of the events that will shape the story told. My only tiny criticism, is that it felt very much as a lot of telling and now showing, but not to the point where I felt the need to lower the stars. It is well crafted otherwise and an excellent story to enjoy. I found myself feeling like I was in the crowds watching the events unfold before my eyes and powerless to change the course of history. Excellent book, will look for more by this author! Recommended to those who love a good historical fiction.
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HIS NAME WAS BEN
on October 1, 2015
What a powerful and heartrending novel! ‘His Name was Ben’ grips you from the beginning and takes you on an emotional and moving journey. At its heart, it’s a romance, but the players in this story are a couple facing a devastating future.

Sara, a nurse practitioner is dealing with a grim cancer prognosis after having a double mastectomy and enduring chemotherapy. When offered the chance to be on a new drug trial, she jumps at the opportunity. Her decision leads her to Ben, a NASA lawyer and pancreatic cancer patient who although facing a terminal prognosis changes her life.

Their relationship blossoms and they help each other to confront dysfunctional family relationships to reach a positive place in their lives. Sara and Ben discover common intellectual and philosophical interests to give each other incredible strength and support.

Although this is a tragic story, the author manages to convey the hope, love and happiness the couple find in their relationship. Despite the tragedy, it overwhelmingly leaves you with its uplifting and positive message that love can conquer all.

on September 16, 2015
Most people have been touched by the dreaded word “cancer” in one way or another. This is a beautiful love story (not sappy romance) about two broken people piecing their lives together while they deal with cancer. Some of it is all too real for me having watched two family members die of the disease. Ben and Sara have to overcome the obstacles of the disease while trying to bring closure to events from their childhood. They learn to lean on and trust each other, healing their souls in the process. In the end, they learn what love really means. It’s a book worth reading.
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THE PERSECUTION OF MILDRED DUNLAP
on April 14, 2015
What a marvelous riveting read! The story really grabs the reader. I found myself expecting the worst for Mildred and Edra and actually dreading the ending. I’ll say no more as I don’t want to spoil it for others like myself who have never been familiar with the history behind the story. It’s not the kind of thing I normally read and I absolutely loved it!
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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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32 Responses to Princess & Blue Adopted together

  1. tazzielove says:

    So great they were adopted together.

  2. tazzielove says:

    Reblogged this on tazziesplace and commented:
    Two Great Danes, Blue & Princess, were rescued from a kill shelter. Wonderful the siblings were adopted together.

  3. Barb says:

    They are both looking fit and healthy, and I’m so glad they were adopted together. When things happen like this, it must make all the effort you put into these dogs so worth while!

  4. natuurfreak says:

    I’m zo happy they were adopted together.

  5. Good that they could stay together…our two pups had been together for all their short lives…you could not possibly take one and not the other.

    • Same here, Helen. Our Max and Bella have been with us since six weeks old. We adopted them both together and they have been best buddies and inseparable ever since. So glad same with your two pups. Having a friend, a good pal, makes all the difference, whether it be for us or our fur babies. Have a good weekend.❤

  6. Harlon says:

    I don’t have anything specific to say, other than your postings make me smile. Now I take my comment back about anything specific – Princess looks so much like my past and never to be forgotten Otis. Seeing the image of Princess, being reminded of Otis, the feelings of joy and sadness and of living – that’s what animals do so well. Thank you for reminding me that there is joy is memories. Peace, Harlon

    • What a lovely comment and homage to your fabulous Otis. I just love what you wrote & that Princess reminded you of your boy. It’s never easy. They get into our hearts and are only here for a brief time offering joy, love, and laughter. I know how it is to love as you do Otis, definitely never to be forgotten. Thank you Harlon.❤

  7. 1EarthUnited says:

    So happy to hear the dogs found a nice loving family!🙂

  8. Another happy ending. Good work
    Yosraela

  9. Celeste says:

    Thank you for your liking. Your blog is always so uplifting! Have a happy week, dear friend!

  10. Clowie says:

    I’m glad Blue and Princess have a new home. It can be difficult for one large dog to get a new home.
    Congratulations on all the great reviews!

  11. A most admirable effort.

  12. lorriebowden says:

    Bless you…and thank you for the love you show!

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