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Exercise DVD's - any suggestions

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Hi! I've been reflecting on my exercise patterns of late and it seems I am doing mostly walking. I want to add some strength training too but I am interested in a really good exercise DVD for rainy days and for when I need a real calorie burner. Any ideas?

I did buy Leslie Sansome's Walking off the Pounds earlier today and will try that out but I'm open to any suggestions any of you might have.

Susan

  
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REMCMFA 10/22/2010 6:28PM

    I agree with all the Turbo Jam and 30 Day Shred programs. Some might seem harder, but if you take it slow you'll do well.

I like to check videos out at the library before I buy them. Or look them up on YouTube. Nothing worse than buying a DVD and not liking it!

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KANSASROSE67 10/21/2010 3:15PM

    I tried JM's Banish Fat Boost Metabolism but I found the jumping parts to be too hard on my knees and feet...I have to be careful about high-impact stuff. I've tried Leslie Sansone but found them to be a little boring and not challenging enough. My favorite circuit training is Slim in Six...you start easier and work up to harder and it's mostly low-impact but very challenging for the whole body and keeps your heart rate up too, especially when you get to the Burn It Up phases.

I second the idea of trying DVDs from your local library first to see what you like.

I'm interested in the other suggestions too...thanks, everyone!

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LESLIES537 10/21/2010 9:46AM

    I love Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred. It gives me a great work out with weights and is only 23 minutes or so. Her Banish Fat, Boost Metabolism is a great cardio work out DVD, but very intense....and longer. Coach Nicole also has a Fit, Trim, and Fired up dvd here on Spark that has 10 minute work outs and I really enjoy that one too. Hope this helps!
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EDWINA172 10/21/2010 7:48AM

    I love Turbo Jam DVDs. The 30 Day Shred is good, but more advanced.

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FRECKS96 10/21/2010 7:23AM

    I like Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred for a quick workout with some weights. If you have longer, her Banish Fat, Boost Metabolism and No More Trouble Zones are also very good.

Just a bit less intense is The Biggest Loser Cardio Max. I like that this one is more flexible in terms of length of workouts (10 min-50 ish)

Good Luck!

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JLITT62 10/21/2010 5:25AM

    Definitely give Turbojam a try -- I've never heard of anyone who doesn't like it -- seriously!

I have a few Leslie DVDs, and I use them occasionally, but I'm not a huge fan. Kind of boring, frankly.

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JHADZHIA 10/21/2010 1:19AM

    Kathy Smith's Cardio Knockout has tough boxing and kickboxing workouts -its my favorite but they are really tough meant for more advanced exercisers.
She also has Power Walk For Weight Loss that uses weights and has neat music and a desert background which I really love because I hate the long, cold winters here lol. It does some really good core work, none of which involves getting on the ground :) which for me is a huge bonus as I can't get up and down off of the ground.
I also like the Fat Burning workout by Kathy Smith.
Check out your local library and try for free before you commit to buying one.

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NEWFIEGIRLHERE 10/20/2010 9:22PM

    A friend of mine does Turbo Jam and just got turbo fire and she loves them both. Another friend of mine had done the J.M. Shred and found it a really good work out but very hard.
I myself would love to do Zumba because I love dancing.

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RIMAJO 10/20/2010 8:02PM

    Good question Susan, I'll be interested to hear the responses to this too.

I went to the library yesterday & they had a bin with items for sale. In there was a Kathy Smith video, Timesaver: Lift Weights to Lose Weight. I plan to try this workout tomorrow. I already have another tape by her: Fat Burning Workout, its a little old - but still a really good aerobic workout. I also have the Billie Blanks Tae-Bo tapes & they are a serious workout, I still can't get through a whole workout.. as fun as they are, they really get your heart pumping! http://www.billyblanks.com/


Currently there are infomercials in our area for Zumba tapes that I'd like to try but haven't purchased yet.. They would be great fun for winter workouts, so may get them yet! https://www.zumbafitness.com
>You can preview Kathy & Billy on YouTube too, maybe even create workout playlist from too - if you wanted.

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GLASSYJEN 10/20/2010 7:39PM

  I use Walk Away The Pounds too....but I would like to try the Jillian Michaels The Shred. I have heard many people on Spark use it and really like it and really see results. emoticon

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FLICKIE13 10/20/2010 7:39PM

  If you have Time Warner as your cable provider, they have exercise on demand that doesn't cost extra. They may have some ideas for you.

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Another foster dog?!?!?

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

As most of you know, I am a dog lover AND a volunteer with our local humane society! Good for me, you say, but a bad combination!

I got involved with another rescue the other day in which we were finally able to get our hands on a little Yorkie who has been bred to within inches of her life. Of course I took her home with me and so far we've discovered she has terrible anxiety, infected gums, an infected eye and needs to be spayed. The vet figures she will need at least 12 teeth pulled.

Over the past few days, we've watched her transformation from a scared little bundle who hid out in our bedroom to a confidant little mI iss who gives both Maddy and Louie runs for their money. She played with a toy today for the first time and her ears are perky now. Her stubby tail has begun to wag and she loves to cuddle once she relaxes enough.

In short, I'm falling in love all over again and I don't know what to do. My husband took a lot of convincing to keep Louie but now admits it was the best thing to be done. I'm not even sure I want another dog. I mean, how do I spread my love among three dogs? I want to give them lots of one-on-one and I try to walk them 2-3 km a day, plus feedings, drives in car, etc. Then there are the vet bills! The food bills!

Oh, but how do I justify the actual cost of keeping her with how much it will mean to her to have a good life? How can I even think about giving her up? How can I think about keeping her?

If anyone has some advice, I'd really appreciate it!

  
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SCOTMAMA 10/20/2010 10:59AM

    What a touching blog! Being a dog lover myself I know it would be disastrous for me to volunteer anywhere there could be a chance of being tempted to get another pooch. And I think I know already what your decision will be on the Yorkie -- she's a keeper (unless you happen to know just the "right" person to send her home with).

You have a big heart and that's a good thing for all those poor little doggies out there who come in contact with you.

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LESLIES537 10/20/2010 10:32AM

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MEMARE 10/20/2010 8:20AM

    First let me say thank you for what you do at the HS and for fostering.

It sounds like you have some indecision in regards to adopting her yourself or ensuring she goes to a loving forever home.
I have two adopted rescue muttlies.
Iím grateful for the foster homes that took the time to socialize and give my two some ground rules before they came to my home.
If the foster homes had decided to keep either of my two for themselves I would never have had the joy of sharing the unconditional love coming from each of my adopted dogs.

Iím sure itís not easy and even heart wrenching when a foster goes to its forever home away from you; but know youíve done your part in helping that animal blossom to become a blessing to someone else. And your home opens up to give another Ďbred within an inch of her lifeí, poorly kept, dysfunctional dog a chance to be happy and loved by you for the time it takes until they are ready for their forever home.

The final decision will be yours and your hubbyís (donít forget he lives there too).
The justification will have to also come from both of you.
I wish you the best.
Thank you for what you do for the animals.
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JLITT62 10/20/2010 8:05AM

    I volunteered at the Humane Society and then a private shelter for many years. I promised my husband I would never just bring a cat home, and I never did, altho there were definitely some I fell in love with & wanted to give a forever home to.

For me, at the moment, I know I am at my limit. The 4 of them -- 2 cats & 2 dogs -- are just as much as I can handle. And I don't even work! And yes, many days I feel like there is not enough of me to go around.

I get up way earlier than I have to so Giz can have some lap time, cause he won't lay on my lap with the dogs around and the dogs are always around (altho lately he's taken to laying on my lap during dinner, which I eat on the couch with DH away).

Carefully consider the money situation. Is there enough money if all 3 were to get sick at once? Of course you hope they never do, but what if?

And what are their ages? Are they all the same age? It's very difficult when you have a bunch of animals all the same age, and watching the illnesses and inevitable deaths as they age.

All that said, we hadn't planned to adopt another dog. But then I saw Lola's photo on the Internet and somehow I just knew she was meant to be with us. It was tough at first (she was a 10 month old puppy with absolutely not training and had been in 6 different homes already thru no fault of her own), but I've never regretted it.

Altho the cats are both the same age, and so are the dogs, there is 5 years between the cats & dogs so I'm hopeful that the dogs will remain healthy while the cats age.

I'm sure you will make the right decision.

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FLOWERDALEJEWEL 10/20/2010 7:11AM

   
What can I say a few years back I had only one until I saw in the paper a little hairy that needed a home, when I got there she was gone but there was a cheeky Jack Russell, so we brought her home. Two dogs yeah can handle that. Then two years ago a little Yorkie cross adopted me and kept coming to my house, OK 3 dogs now. Vet bills? the little yorkie has kidney and blood pressure problems and needs $70 tablets every month and special food. Would I give her up, not on your nellie, when she looks at me on my lap I can see the love, I would never give any of them up. If you can stretch the finances a little more and if you want her (I secretly think you do) go for it.

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S3XYDIVASMOM 10/19/2010 10:49PM

    I don't really know what the answer is here. I guess my concern would be: can you continue to offer foster care with three dogs in the house? I think your willingness to provide foster care is a very good thing and I assume you can control whether or not she goes to a good home.

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CBEVNOW 10/19/2010 10:29PM

    Follow your heart but i believe God will be there to help you on this issue. I know it will be hard. I donate to the shelters but im so afraid if i volunteer i will get so attached to another dog, i would not be able to do this. I would want to bring them all home. I believe our pets are very blessed to have people like you, keep up the good work. emoticon emoticon emoticon
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DVANDIE 10/19/2010 9:44PM

    Your blog touches my heart strings. I too am the proverbial "sucker" for a rescue dog. I have...wait for it...3 of them! We too, have fostered dogs and it is heart wrenching to watch them go with their adoptive family (one happy boy, yellow lab especially comes to mind). The love part is not the issue, as far as I can see. You seem like a loving person and could probably easily love 3 dogs or more. If you can afford to foster and rehabilitate her until she is ready for some loving adoptive family, it is all worth it. Yes, it will be difficult to give her up, but try to think of the big picture. You will be helping not only this little Yorkie, but some family who is just waiting for a dog like her. It is cliche, but true; if you can give up something you love, it will never truly be separated from you.
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SHERRYTOO 10/19/2010 9:41PM

    As an owner of three large dogs, I find love and attention are not problems for me. Mine all have different personalities and want attention in different ways. I can't advise you on absorbing the cost of the vet bills as only you can make that decision. Listen to both your heart and your head.

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KATRINAKAT23 10/19/2010 8:12PM

  What a wonderful person you are!! The world needs more people like you.

Now to your dilemma. Don't worry about stretching your love for another dog. There is no limit to love, it just grows. I would say keep the dog but only you and your family knows what is best for your family. My heart goes out to you as you make this tough decision.

Good luck.

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TEMPEST272002 10/19/2010 5:59PM

    We've had roughly 30 foster dogs pass through our home and with each and every one I faced the gut wrenching decision as to whether to keep them or not. Each time (except for Lola) I decided to let them go to another good family. For me, I knew that I wouldn't be able to keep fostering if I kept this dog. I wouldn't be able to keep giving in this way that not everyone can. With Lola, I just plain old fell in love. I couldn't help myself & I just couldn't let her go. Sometimes the heart just has to win out.

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OLDERDANDRT 10/19/2010 5:16PM

    If your pocketbook can handle one more fur-baby, I say follow your heart!!! She definitely will benefit from staying with you! You are her first taste of what a real family should be like! If you possibly can, my vote is to keep her. Poor dear has been spitting out babies for a living. You have said how she's becoming comfortable in your home with your other dogs. Well, that's my 2 cents.

Hugs,
Jayne

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Emerging like a butterfly!

Monday, October 18, 2010

I was inspired to write today's blog by one of my spark friends, Tempest272002!

I've been doing a lot of thinking lately as I'm viewing my Spark journey as a lifestyle makeover and not just one for my physical body. Like alot of you, I was never big as a child or as a teenager. In fact, I was fairly active and loved doing things outdoors. I was never one to have an exercise routine but would work off calories by shovelling snow, raking leaves, mowing lawns, walking and riding my bike.

Things started changing in my life during a major depressive episode about 20 years ago. I didn't want to do anything and thus quickly got caught up in the endless circle I've been living ever since. It started with the mindset that "I'm too depressed to exercise" but that quickly changed to "I'm too fat to exercise" . Everybody told me that I would feel better if I moved my body a bit everyday but after a few futile attempts at walking which left me sweating and tired I soon gave up.

Now, with the right medication and the right attitude I'm finally in a place mentally that I can deal with my physical issues. I now longer feel sorry for myself for being fat. I used to think, I know I'm fat but the effort to change that is simply too much for me to bother with at the moment.

The first thing for me to admit was "I'm technically obese" at 222 pounds and standing at 5.6. I could no longer enjoy a simple stroll without breaking out in sweat in places I never knew sweat before.

The second thing to admit was "this is it. There is no second change and this is not a dress rehearsal...this if my life". I always thought I'd get myself in shape one of those days but never did much about it.

The third thing for me to admit was " I am in control". I cannot blame my weight on anybody or anything. Yes, the depression doesn't help but I can't use it as an excuse. I used to say "the anti-depressants were making me fat" when I knew full well that most anti-depressants will only cause minimal weight gain in some people.

Over the summer we adopted our second dog and her energy was contagious! I did my best to persuade my husband to walk both of our dogs and sometimes I would go along and scuff my feet in an attempt to say "I tried".

This September, my husband returned to college which means he is gone from 6:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. At first, I tried to get the dogs out in the garden but I soon realized they really enjoyed their walks/runs in the woods. Before I knew it, I was taking them and would walk further and further each time. I didn't see it as exercising but rather spending time with the dogs and getting them out.

Now, about 6 weeks after joining Spark, if I don't get them out in the afternoons for a long walk, I'm the one who really misses it. I feel a sense of contentment I've never felt before and it is true...exercise does help you mentally, but only if you let it!

Although, I'm still in the moth stage of my journey, I can feel my wings developing underneath my cocoon of body fat. I'm changing one day at a time and I feel good!

Again, thanks for reading! I hope you are all having a wonderful day!

Susan

  
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FLOWERDALEJEWEL 10/19/2010 7:00AM

   

Glad to know your dogs are helping you with your journey.

I like you was not overweight at all when I was younger, menopause did the trick for me and a look in a shop window shocked me into doing something about it.

It's great that you have gone from strength to strength with each blog you write, it helps to get it out there instead of bottling it up inside.

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LCARYL 10/18/2010 11:12PM

    It's amazing how much of a difference those doggies make in our lives -- in so many ways. Your blog reminded me of how much I love to walk my dogs during the holidays. There is something so peaceful about walking through the neighborhood at night and looking at all of the Christmas lights and decorations. My dogs love it as much as I do.

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BELLALUCIA 10/18/2010 10:04PM

    Glad you're doing better.

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S3XYDIVASMOM 10/18/2010 9:58PM

    I've sensed a lift from your first blogs to your blogs of the last week or so. I'm glad to see it. I find my walks a very spiritual, contemplative time. They benefit me in greater ways than just the cardiovascular effect. Keep it up Susan. I think great things are in store for you.

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JLITT62 10/18/2010 6:09PM

    I wasn't big as a child, but started putting on weight as a teenager. Not truly sure why to this day, and have struggled on & off every since. And oddly enough, I gained a lot of weight when I adopted Chester 5 yrs ago! You're supposed to lose weight when you get a dog!

For me, I thought walking him was enough exercise. I now know that's not the case.

Good for you for making walks a part of your dogs' daily lives. Too many people never walk their dogs.

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TEMPEST272002 10/18/2010 4:35PM

    I feel so honoured to have inspired this beautiful blog! Thank you.

Exercise has played a critical role in my recovery from depression. I'm happy that your dogs have inspired you to get outside. Getting outside with my dogs was always my favourite way to exercise. I sure miss them. Of course, I still borrow unruly Dooley for company when I head into the woods.

I really identified with what you said about realizing that you do have the control to make changes. Finding that I did have it within myself to change was both frightening and incredibly empowering.

You truly are emerging like a butterfly! emoticon

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JHADZHIA 10/18/2010 4:11PM

    Good for you Susan!! There is actually no better workout buddy than a dog. They are ready to go any time, anywhere and will follow you to the ends of the earth. You can't ever ignore them because they can't take themselves out.
Its so wonderful to hear how you have changed your life around.
Keep up the great work!!
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LESLIES537 10/18/2010 4:08PM

    I'm SO proud of you! You've made some fabulous changes so far and have learned so much about yourself. You are doing great!

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LAURITA. 10/18/2010 3:31PM

    Congratulations!

Acquiring an enjoyment and appreciation for exercise is a major milestone in your journey to wellness. Way to go!
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New coat and purse....thanks Mom!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

My wonderful mother asked me to take her out shopping today during which time she bought me a pretty winter coat and matching purse. I wasn't sure about it at first but her logic was it would help brighten me up during the cold winter months when I needed a boost! How thoughtful! She knows I am trying to lose weight but it fits so well now and it is an extra-large! I'm usually wearing plus-sizes so fitting into an extra-large is great!

I'll take a picture eventually....

P.S. I don't know why I wrote a blog about this but something about buying a blue coat (I don't really like blue on me!) felt like a step in the right direction! I'm trying to step outside of my comfort zone a bit and this coat sort of calls attention to me as opposed to the earth tones I usually wear.

  
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LESLIES537 10/18/2010 12:28PM

    Yay for mommies! Good job on stepping out of your comfort zone and trying some color. I'm sure it looks fabulous! And WOO HOO on the XL size! emoticon

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JHADZHIA 10/17/2010 3:58PM

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Well done getting into an XL!! Interesting, you could have been talking about me. I too, prefer earthy tones, and especially black (the old reliable slimming color) Wearing anything bright would have mortified me. Now I am more relaxed and even wear (*gasp*) patterns!! Here is to living a healthy lifestyle that changes us both mentally and physically into healthier people!!
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PS: Sounds like you have a special Mom, just like me!!
Enjoy your Sunday!

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RIMAJO 10/17/2010 11:37AM

    Your Mom sounds like a very kind & thoughtful woman. How great for you to receive such 'warm' gifts. Now, thats LOVE in action! Got to love it, no matter the color - although I suspect, blue is going to look great on you - especially with your skin & hair coloring.

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FLOWERDALEJEWEL 10/17/2010 6:51AM

   

Blue isn't really my colour either, but everytime I wear it, it always seems to look good. Go figure.

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APIRLRAIN888 10/17/2010 6:17AM

    how sweet.

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SUZIEGREY 10/17/2010 4:26AM

    What a wonderful gift from your Mum. Wear it with pride at your new size.

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TEMPEST272002 10/16/2010 11:34PM

    What a loving thing for your mum to do! Every time you put on that coat, you'll feel her love for you. Woo hoo on the XL. Feels great, doesn't it?!

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S3XYDIVASMOM 10/16/2010 11:11PM

    Blue IS a much cheerier color than earth brown. I think your mom is right. But then moms usually are. LOL

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KAYDE53 10/16/2010 9:31PM

    It always fun to do something unexpected & fun like that!! How sweet of your mom!! What a great surprise for you too; I'll bet it made your day!! emoticon emoticon

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LINDAGRAVEL 10/16/2010 9:30PM

    Very thoughtful of mom,wear it with pleasure

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 10/16/2010 9:14PM

    What a very thoughtful mother you have. Wear it and think of her for sure!!!

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Maddy's Miracle

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Hi! I was out of town today taking part in a rescue involving a 6 year old Yorkie who has been bred to death's doorstep! Please remember little Moto in your thoughts and prayers. I will be fostering her for a few weeks starting this weekend.

Now, for Maddy's story! Maddy was with us for about two months when Itook them on a rarely used woods road on a snowy, January day. A white van appeared and Maddy gave chase and ended up completely pinned by the front tire. The entire weight of that tire was on his tummy (he was lying spread-eagled) and the tire stopped an inch or so from his head.

The man who hit him was in almost as much shock as I was but he managed to jump back in his van and backed off of Maddy's body.

I immediately picked Maddy up and he didn't wince or cry and laid him in the backseat of the car. My dog Peaches (who was 15 at the time fainted when she heard Maddy's screech) had to be revived and my Mom (who was with me) thought she was having a heart attack. I sped off towards home (we were about 30 minutes out of town) and called the clinic.

As soon as Maddy was put on the examination table, he freaked out. They had to subdue him to do x-rays. Initially, it was good news...no internal injuries nor broken bones. In fact, the clinic had a hard time believing he was pinned by the way I described.

About a week later, he went downhill. They had to remove his fur and much of his skin from his neck to his tail. We were told this wasn't painful and kept him sedated everyday. I took a month off of work and slept beside him on our living room floor. He had to be wrapped in baby's receiving blankets and they treated his open back with a dressing of honey.

We were warned that it might not work and we told the vet to put him to sleep if he was in misery. But he was stoic, and didn't mind having his bandages changed every second day for two or three months.

The clinic staff documented every visit with pictures because they had never seen a dog recover like this. I cooked Maddy a chicken breast every day and my husband and I did everything we could to keep him infection free and comfortable.

In June we were given the all-clear. He has a bald spot across his back just above his tail.

I know you are thinking, ah, what a nice story but that is not the miracle I am talking about! What I'm about to tell you is true....

My father (who was my best friend) was diagnosed and treated for cancer back in the fall of 2005. Dad and I spent several months living 5 hours away from home and often we would go to a pet store that sold puppies. One particular time, I refused to look at the puppies because it upset me so much (I'm a firm believer in getting a puppy from a reputable breeder or a shelter but not from puppymills). Dad insisted that I see this little white pomeranian puppy. I went with Dad to have a look and I can remember arguing with him that a) it was a male dog (up until then I had only had females), b) it was a Pom (I figured they were yappy) and c) it was white (and I believed Poms should be red).

Anyway, Dad finished his treatments the next day and we drove in silence back home. We were halfway home when Dad pipes up, "I can't get that puppy out of my mind". I told him the treatments must have affected his mind because they wanted $1300 for the puppy. Anyway, he kept talking about it so Mom and I actually called out and it was sold!

Six months later and Dad was on his deathbed. I was lying beside him and I told him how much I was going to miss him. He leaned over and put his hand on my heart and said, I'll always be a part of you.

It was then that I promised that one day I would own a white Pomeranian in his memory. I told him that I would even consider getting a male and that I loved the name Maddy but felt I couldn't name a dog that as my dog-hating mother-in-law's name is Madeline. I also told him I would not pay for a dog as there were so many little ones needing homes.

Dad passed away in his sleep in July 2006 and while I remembered my promise, I had not intention of acting on it..at least not then.

Fast forward to the fall of 2008 when I got this call (out of the blue) from the mother of a girl I went to school with. She had rescued a little dog and needed somebody to dogsit due to a family emergency. This dog was only new to her and wasn't settling and because it didn't have its needles couldn't be put in a shelter. I said yes,and imagine my surprise when she dropped off .... a white, male Pomeranian named Maddy!!!! It was love at first sight and within weeks he was ours. She actually did take him back initially but he wouldn't eat or drink for 48 hours so we officially adopted him!

See, remember, miracles do happen! P.S He wasn't "free"...we paid $1 to adopt him and$3000.00 to save him! I love him with all of my heart

  
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MOMMA_BEAR_69 10/16/2010 9:10PM

    Thank you for sharing your miracle story of Maddie with us. You have been blessed. Praying for little Moto...

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POOH_BEAR_69 10/16/2010 3:16PM

    Wow! What an amazing story... Miracles really do happen... In their own time and way!

Congrats on having the little guy bless your life!

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NANSGREYS 10/15/2010 7:52PM

    Beautiful!!

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OLDERDANDRT 10/15/2010 10:52AM

    Aaawwww. I'm so sorry you lost your dad, honey. But what a great story. Maddy was destined to be yours. God bless you for all you've done for and with Maddy and I know your dad is looking down on you from Heaven and smiling and enjoying watching you and Maddy.

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LESLIES537 10/15/2010 10:42AM

    Wow!! What a cool story! I just love when FATE happens!!

You are such a kind hearted, sweet and caring person! God Bless you for caring for those sweet animals! You are their angel! emoticon

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PCOH051610 10/15/2010 7:40AM

    Thanks to everybody who responded to this story! I didn't set out to tell it on my blog, but once I got started I couldn't stop! Thanks again for all of your very kind comments!

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SUZIEGREY 10/15/2010 5:00AM

    Susan, what a wonderful story. Thank you for sharing it. You are a special person and you and Maddy are meant to be together.

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APIRLRAIN888 10/15/2010 4:18AM

    what a great story, thx for sharing

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S3XYDIVASMOM 10/14/2010 10:26PM

    This sounds like a match made in heaven.

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JHADZHIA 10/14/2010 8:28PM

    Wow Susan, loved to hear how all this turned out for these precious dogs. You are an angel of mercy for dogs..
I like also the ethic you have of only getting rescue dogs or reputable breeder's dogs, couldn't agree more on that..


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RIMAJO 10/14/2010 7:59PM

    What a GREAT story Susan, thanks so much for sharing it!! I believe in miracles & do believe Maddy is one of them.. what a joy!

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SHAYNARAINE 10/14/2010 6:52PM

    Susan... all I can say is wow.... what an amazing and beautiful story. In tears here. I believe miracles happen every single day all around us.

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