Kudos to The Ingham County Animal Shelter .    What a lovely example they set for all others to follow.

…Reading Paws and has seen an “overwhelming response” from the community.  Reading Paws is a program for children between the age of 6 and 16 to read to pets in the shelter.  ICACS said in a post on Facebook that the shelter environment can be overwhelming for many pets and they have found that reading to the animals there reduces anxiety and can create a calm space.

And best of all, the shelter pets are NOT judgmental.  If you have not noticed yet, I love all animals.  They don’t criticize poor pronunciation.  They just listen.  I wish more shelters would allow these activities.


I understand that there are will always liability issues when making these arrangements.  I also know that it is well worth it.  Children and animals go hand in hand.  Bonus is that children learn to like to read.

Click here for their sign up link to be a part of the program or call 517-676-8311.



Chika is a very smart lab mix and she obviously knows where “inside” is.  LOL

Who needs a doggie door?

A dog-gone adorable image shows the moment a clever canine rang her masters’ doorbell with her nose — after she was accidentally left outside in the cold.

In the surveillance video, Labrador mix Chika goes full-on Lassie as she hops up on her hind legs and taps the buzzer with a big, wet snout at her home in McDonough, Ga., around 2 a.m. Tuesday.

After waiting patiently for her snoozing owners, Robert and Angelia Fox, the whip-smart canine jumps up and punches the buzzer with her paw, causing it to ring a second time.

The couple didn’t hear the bell — but eventually realized they’d inadvertently locked the pup out, and let her back inside.

She isn’t the only one to master this doorbell thingy.

Born blind and deaf, Piglet needed a good home.  One where his “disadvantages” would not prove to be insurmountable. One where his mission would be to inspire and educate others about adopting a special needs pet.  As with any special needs animal, he required a home where those challenges would be met with love and kindness.  He got that wonderful loving home from his foster care humans.

Piglet is a deaf, blind double dapple Dachshund Chihuahua mix rescued by Colbert Veterinary Rescue Services from a hoarding situation in Georgia. On March 4, 2017 Piglet was brought to CT for foster care and was ultimately adopted by his foster family.

My home is filled with special needs animals that have been discarded because of age or other issues.  They are survivors not victims.

Piglet is a survivor on a mission to encourage spay and neuter of dogs and cats, educate the public about the severe consequences of double dapple/merle breeding, and to motivate others to adopt special needs animals.

I have learned much from each one of my special needs animals.  They always seem to work around any problems.  In many ways, they remind me of the Black Knight in Monty Python’s Holy Grail.  They don’t give up!  That said, once comfortable in their forever homes they all test limits.  Piglet is no different.


Yes, they get time outs.  He’s just one of the pack learning that there are rules.  Piglet just wants to be one of the gang.

Animals live in the moment.  They generate a positive outlook in life because each unique moment is to be relished and savored.  Sharing those moments it is quite easy to love them while they  take on the turns and twists of life’s path.

To learn more about Piglet, the deaf blind pink puppy visit his website.  His humans have decided to share his adventures on his own YouTube page.


Yeah baby!   This is the way to do it if you want the breeze to swing you in Uganda.

I have rescued both breeds.  The Border Collie is an amazing creature when it comes to herding.  The Chihuahua is superior to the Ring doorbell when it comes to an alert and she will work even if the internet is down.  🙂

I love music.  My animals love music.  This blind elephant obviously loves music as well.  What a wonderful treat!  Sometimes we must make little changes in order to share joy.

A friend of mine works with a cat rescue.  They had a blind kitty that would require a very special person to care for him.  Months and months passed when a couple came in looking for a kitty.  It seemed that they rushed past the blind kitty.  After looking at all of the kitties, it seemed as if they were going to leave without one.  Unbeknown to the staff, they have a blind child at home.  They understood perfectly well what that kitty would require such as no moving the furniture around.   Low and behold, that kitty found his forever home.  Some weeks later, the couple sent the rescue a picture of the child sleeping with the kitty.


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