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It was a little over a year ago when we lost our almost thirteen year old gigantic mutt named Bear, who was one of gentlest, mellowest dogs I’ve ever met. Being an animal lover and a firm believer in giving shelter pets new homes, I pestered my husband until he agreed that we could get another dog. Though I mourned the loss of my dear old friend and first “baby” I felt that we had an open spot to offer another dog that was in need of a home.

I was leaning toward getting an older dog since they aren’t adopted as quickly as puppies so I took home a small dog named Rosco from the Humane Society. We only had Rosco for a few hours when I realized that he was far too intense with our cats and growling at me when I was getting near his bone. I … Read More


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Bert Anderson who writes our Thirsties blog, “Written by Mama Monday”, gave birth to a beautiful baby girl on Sunday afternoon.  Keira weighs 7 lbs 8 oz and is 18″ tall.  Congratulations to Bert and her family!!


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Mental Health Awareness Month

Did you know that May is Mental Health Awareness month? If you watch TV and don’t skip the commercials (unlike my parents who never watch commercials) perhaps you’ve seen the commercial with the man and woman sitting down for what looks like a meal at a restaurant. The gist of the commercial is for the viewer to understand that a personal struggling with mental illness needs to be able to talk about it if he or she chooses. Don’t stay silent, that’s the mantra for the campaign and I couldn’t agree more.

The statistics from 2011 stand clear: One in five adults struggles with a form of mental illness; one in ten young people will experience a period of major depression. As someone who struggles with depression I cannot tell you how freeing it is to speak openly about it. I’ve always been the kind of person who lives my … Read More