Thankful Dogs and Me

I’m so grateful for everyone who’s purchased one of my books and taken the time to write a review. Over 90 dogs have gotten out of kill shelters this year, 2015, with help from profits from my books. Here are a few of them, surely in their new homes giving thanks for their lives. ALL PROFITS FROM MY BOOK GO TO HELP GET DOGS LIKE THESE OUT OF KILL SHELTERS.

Addie getting some loving comfort from new family

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Addie’s freedom photo

Alma getting new mommie love

Alma getting new mommie love

Boo's freedom ride.

Boo’s freedom ride

Chance's freedom photo-rescued by Dogs w:o borders

Chance’s freedom ride

Elliot's freedom photo

Elliot’s freedom photo

Fluke now with forever home and doing well

Fluke has been rescued and is now with new family


Harrison’s bath and freedom photo

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Hilda in her new home


Isiah’s been rescued by Pet Orphan’s of So. Calif & is now very happy


Isiah’s freedom photo

Lady rescued from kill shelter

Lady’s been rescued and on her way to new family



Lady's freedom ride

Lady’s freedom photo

Lannie from Downie kill shelter found a new home

Lannie’s been rescued and on her way home

Lannie in the arms of her new mom - the look of love

Lannie in the arms of her new mom

Lannie- one more freedom pose and oh so safe

A big thank you from Lannie

Lannie's freedom ride. Wadda happy girl.


Lexi rescued by Sheilah of muttmatchla

Lexie has been rescued

Loly Rescued by Second Chance Cocker Rescue In SB

Loly in her new home

Nina's freedome ride. big smile

Nina’s freedom photo

Perla's freedom photo. Smiling.

Perla’s freedom photo

Santa getting love from new mom who says "she's the most affectionate dog ever"

Santa getting some love from new mom

Santa's freedom slumber

Santa safe in new home

Sausage's freedom ride

Sausage’s freedom photo

Sausage's smiling face on ride home

A big smiling thank you from Sausage

Sonny's bro Steve - they were rescued together

Steve was rescued with his bro Sonny

Sonny's freedom photo

Sonny – Steve’s bro – they were rescued together

Sydney went to funds for pets in Canada - leaving CA after pneumonia treated at their vets

Sydney’s in his new home now


5.0 out of 5 starsA tale told with body, soul, and beauty

VINE VOICEon November 18, 2015

In a “small California town, nestled among oak, pepper and eucalyptus trees,” the once beautiful Sara is tired of facing her own mortality. As a nurse, she knows the taste of false hope. But the doctor offers a new cancer study that might save her, and a fellow patient offers renewed belief in beauty and love.

Paulette Mahurin’s His Name Was Ben is a fictionalized account of real people. Told frim Ben and Sara’s parallel points of view, it reads smoothly with just the right amount of evocative detail – scenery, history, Indian lore and spirituality, plus the all-too-real details of a body breaking down. Sensual and sensitive, it details the pain and loss of mastectomy, the power of friendship, the joy of sexuality, the dawning of love, and the pleasures of everyday life with equal aplomb. It’s a heady mix and an emotional roller-coaster that takes the reader through many highs and lows as life moves on toward inevitable truth.

The characters remind readers to “try entertaining gratitude” and follow their hearts. But this isn’t just a novel about facing illness. It’s also a tale that delves into childhood wounds that change us, the hurts that lie unseen below the surface, and the brokenness of families torn apart – the body, perhaps, as metaphor for the heart. By turns light and dark, hopeful and depressed, His Name was Ben is a captivating journey into the human soul, a study in trust, and a promise for the wounded places inside each of us.

May all readers realize “that what’s important… is living,” as they read this uplifting book.

Disclosure: I was given a free ecopy and I offer my honest review.


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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41 Responses to Thankful Dogs and Me

  1. mysm2000 says:

    That is so terrific!! Lucky dogs to have you pulling for them.

  2. You do so much for these little souls….and give so much pleasure to your readers

  3. tazzielove says:

    Great to see so many saved!

  4. Pingback: Thankful Dogs and Me | Defining Ways

  5. 1EarthUnited says:

    Thanks for sharing these gorgeous pics, all animals are so precious!
    Happy holidays everyone. 🙂

  6. They all have a smile on their face now and so do we 🙂 Extra Pawkisses for this beautiful post 🙂 ❤

  7. ❤ multiplied by 90 plus, multiplied by the families who love the 90 plus. 🙂

  8. ladysighs says:

    The smiles on their furry faces bring smiles to mine. 🙂 ( I’m a bit grumpy so early in the morn …….. so a smile is welcome. )

  9. Hilda looks like my kind of gal.

  10. natuurfreak says:

    Congratualation,you are doing a fantastic Work.

  11. I believe by spring we will be in a position to take in one or two new canines. If there were a list, I’d sign up.

  12. I still miss my 30 years ago yellow lab but can’t do the upkeep these days.

    • I understand on both counts, Carl. Yellow labs are one of the sweetest dogs and boy do they get into your hearts and forever stay. I also completely understand about the upkeep… As we age, it gets harder – especially with big dogs. Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving and with appreciation a big thanks for your great, uplifting posts. 🙂

  13. Blogger rumpydog a very active dog advocate.

  14. they are soooo lovely … indeed!!

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