Mickey Rourke just like us around dogs: A softy at heart

Mickey Rourke has played some of the toughest, baddest, meanest guys ever put on film. His characters in “Sin City”, “Iron Man 2”, “The Wrestler”, and plenty more can attest to those times the man can simply be downright scary.

The same thing can be said of some really bad plastic surgery, but let’s not go there, shall we?

Rourke was captured at an LA eatery where dogs are not allowed. Says so right there on the sign. But let him bring his little ball of fur around, find a chair on the sidewalk, and add a high chair to make it all even more difficult for the owners to say no, and you have an afternoon of cute for the big guy and his kid.


Yep, that’s what they do to us. Any and all sizes. They’re our kids and no one can tell us any different.

Benny slaps on skates and goes after the biscuit

I have seen a lot of things in my life, but never a dog on ice skates. Which makes Benny’s story all the more fun to watch.

A retired professional ice skater found Benny on the edge of a terrible fate, living out his final days in a Utah high kill shelter. He was given a final chance when transported to a shelter in Las Vegas. There was something about this bright eyed pup that caught Cheryl Del Sangro’s attention. Not long after that, Benny was not only getting his second chance at life, but he was impressing everyone, especially Cheryl, with his skills on the ice.

AND while wearing skates!


Benny is a great story of the fuzzy friends and companions that are found in shelters every single day. They’re smart, eager to please, and often come with talents that would normally be lost to the ages because someone didn’t see something worth saving.

Shelters are a last chance at life for these dogs. All they need is someone like you to find then, look them in the eyes, see the potential, and then make them part of the family.

Who knows? You too may find a budding hockey superstar.

Thanks, Cheryl, Good boy, Benny.

A note on her collar, she now has a Ghost of a chance

Sometimes, we need to take a step back when it comes to abandoned dogs. We do need to think about the human side of the equation.

It’s tough for so many people to make ends meet these days.  Despite some people ballyhooing how great the economy is, when it’s mostly a smokescreen for the wealthy, there are still people who can’t find a job that pays enough to make the rent. Even those working 2 and 3 jobs are buckling under the pressure.

Many of them have pets they simply can’t pay for any longer. Try as they might, they are forced into making difficult and heartbreaking decisions. I find it impossible to judge people every time in these cases. Sometimes, the story is evident. Other times, we have to assume.

Then there is the medical side of this issue. People with little or no health insurance, living alone, caring for pets and then suddenly, without warning, they are unable to even care for themselves. What do they do then? Far too often, unable to find someone to take in their loved fuzzy and furry kid, they have to abandon them to  a shelter, sometimes worse. Many times, these once cared for members of a family have no hope and find their lives about to be cut short.

Which brings us to the story of Ghost, who showed up with a note attached to her collar. We can’t be certain the note is even real, but I doubt someone would make something like this up. This sweetheart of a baby girl is just beginning her life, and already is confused at being shuffled from place to place. Her owner, at least, did what she thought was the right thing.


Ghost now has a chance at life. A greater issue here is also that of fostering, as there is a real shortage of people willing to take in a dog and keep them until they find a home. I couldn’t do it. I would become so attached, it would break my heart to let them go. But soon, I hope, I’ll get past that and help. 

Ghost has a chance because someone saw here and changed the course of their life and hers by trying to help. She could have wandered for weeks, suffered an accident, been attacked, God only knows. But someone showed heart, and love, for a puppy they knew nothing about. 

Make this a positive for your day. Think about those willing to help not just Ghost, but others around you. Be an example to others. Teach the kids how to care at a level such as this. 

Give others more than a Ghost of a chance at a good life. 

Saved and now saving: The story of Lilly Mae

This is one of those stories where you really don’t know where to begin, from the terrible start to the inspirational ending.

Lilly Mae not only started her life as the product of a despicable puppy mill, but she also suffered from a heart murmur AND  would up in a shelter, destined for a short life and a terrible end.

Then, fate stepped in. Talk about doing a 180.

There’s not much rougher for kids who have to go thru the court system. It’s a scary place, filled with people saying things the kids can’t understand. Their lives are right there on the line so any times, and they don’t even know it.

Just like Lilly Mae, who will never know how close she came to a terrible end.

Now, she saves lives. There couldn’t be a better doggone good story.

Dog or Smartphone? Make the right choice for you both!

I got into a really bad habit. I was at home in the evening, couch stuffed, watching TV and looking at my smartphone. It became nothing more than a bad habit. Almost as if the phone was a crack pipe or something just as addictive.

Right there in the room with us are Bailey and Magnus. Why the heck would I waste time when my kids are there???

Here’s something I would NEVER do. Talk on the phone while walking the dogs. Insane. At that time, it’s a freebie for me and I have 2 very important members of my family to pay attention to. You never know what could happen, and I don’t want my attention diverted from there,


Turns out being on the phone can indeed make your dog just ignore you. So what’s more important? Another mindless conversation you can have anytime, anywhere…or paying attention to and socializing with the fuzzy kids?

Just me, but that’s not much of a tough question to answer.

One visit to the shelter. One heart stolen. One perfect ending.

Truth be told, I have a very difficult time going into the animal shelters. I do so in order to drop off newspapers, purchase something that will add to their effort, donate some money, but walking into a place where there are so many lives to be saved is often overwhelming to me. I want to adopt them all, take them all home, give them all a good life. Which is why I’ve made a promise to myself should I ever hit the Powerball!

But thankfully, there are plenty of people who go into the shelters for a number of reasons, the least of which is to find a new lifelong friend. Sometimes, people go there with no intention of taking a fuzzy kid home. Sometimes, it just happens when the match is perfect and there is no other alternative. The moment grips, and a bond is formed.

Choco really didn’t have much of a chance. an older boy, stuck in the back of the shelter and having surrendered all hope when his owner abandoned him.

Then along came Rita Earl.


I’ll let you take the story from here. It’s because of people such as Rita we around the world know there are good people out there, and humanity is far from being extinguished.

Well played, Rita. Well played.

Dallas: From fight dog to K-9. Saved by those who cared.

It’s a story we’ve heard and read far too often. Police discover and break up a dog fighting ring, where the animals are treated with such incredible cruelty, we find ourselves wondering how anyone can be so heartless. Too often, stories such as these end badly.

Not this time.

Meet Dallas, rescued from the hands of those who would use him as a bait and fighting dog, fought for by those who knew there was more here than another disposable life, and now about to spend a good part of his remaining life serving the community and going after people like those who once abused him.


Across America, Canada, so many other places around the world, there are still dog-fighting rings. They hide in the shadows, yet often many people know about their existence. The shame is many of those who know do nothing to save the dogs and put the criminals behind bars.

All we can do is ask that should you ever hear of such an issue, report it. Say something. Save their lives and help end what remains a scourge in North America and around the world.

It may be only one life you save, perhaps a few lives. But that’s one life that could change another life, and another life, and so on.

Call it your “Dallas Rule”. and make it a permanent part of your life.

Fuzzy kids like Dallas will thank you, often with a happy and normal life.

Let’s prepare for winter properly: Dogs & Snow. Laughs Abound.

Master Magnus and Lady Bailey have never seen snow, being raised in the South. We tried one year to take them over the holidays on vacation to a place we weer CERTAIN would have snow at that time of year. Yeah. Right. Turns out the Smoky Mountains had the warmest Christmas in decades and we were wearing tee shirts in the mountains!

One day they will be in the snow and we will record every single second. Until then, we will have to get by with those videos from people who have everything they need. The snow. The dogs. And a camera nearby.

Yes, this video has likely been seen by plenty of people already. But I’ll wager a lot more have never seen it.

You are allowed to laugh out loud.

Selfless Inspiration: One person saving the lives of innocent dogs

When I conceived this website, it was and always will be about passing along positive dog stories. We are daily inundated with the negatives, yet the uplifting tales get little play. More often we read the stories about how dog are so horribly mistreated by humans, and are often doomed to a life of pain and suffering.

Which is why I had to think long and hard about posting this story. It is indeed positive, but it begins with a horrific and repulsive negative.

It is the outcome of the story that demands we pay attention.

There are a number of organizations and individuals out there around the world seeking to stop the dog meat trade. It still exists in certain countries not because the public demands it, but because unscrupulous greedy individuals see it as the way to make a fast buck. Asian countries have been losing the appeal, yet the various “festivals” continue.

Hopefully, not for long thanks to people like Michael Chour and his group “The Sound of Animals”.


It’s a tough story to read, but the pictures and the outcome for a few of these dogs is well worth it. I know this site reaches people around the world. I see the stats. I beg you to do something when and where you can to help.

Be an inspiration. Inspire those around you to take action and help those who cannot help themselves. Never turn your head away from stories such as these. Use them to educate others.

One human at a time will save one dog at a time. And that is at the very least an excellent beginning.

Dogs do indeed make you healthier, as if we needed more proof.

Sure, we all know that dogs make us emotionally happier. Every day when I wake and I have the cold noses of Master Magnus and Lady Bailey in my face, there’s nothing I can do but smile. It’s an automatic response. And when I’m at my lowest point, I reach out to hug them and everything is better.

Thanks to  a new study from the University of British Columbia, we know that dogs are helping students overcome the daily stress of being at school and having to deal with the pressure that come with schooling. Other studies also talk about how people who own dogs get sick less often, pregnant moms with a dog in the house are less likely to develop allergies or become overweight, and heart attack patients with dogs are 8 times more likely to be alive another year.

They are, in a sense, one of the finest holistic healers in the world.

Now go hug your dog. Talk to her. Give him a squeeze. Know that every second, you’re making both of you feel a little better.

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