My 5th Gotcha Day

Yep! That’s right! Five years ago today, I got My Most Perfect Family That Ever Was.

Here’s a picture of me from that first day…

dog-in-car

Gosh, I kinda look confused or totally freaked out mildly concerned or something, don’t I?

I wish I could tell Then-Me that I didn’t have anything to worry about. I would say, “Then-Me, the next five years are gonna be better than you can pawsibly dream. They’re gonna be filled with all sorts of great things like…

mayzie obedience grad

mayzie tickle

mayzie ranger run

mayzie roll

mayzie ripley

mayzie ducks

man-dog-leash

mayzie cheese

mayzie sleeping

mayzie mom

dog-looking-into-cliff

dogs-in-car

Yep, Then-Me, you didn’t need to worry at all. Things have turned out pretty good!

Meet Mayzie!

No, silly. Not ME! You already know me! But just in case, here’s me…

mayzie i

And here’s Blogville’s brand new Mayzie!

mayzie ii

Isn’t she the Most Beautiful? She’s the new foster sister of my good (and oh-so-handsome) furend Corbin.

Oh, that Corbin! Hubba hubba!

Oh, that Corbin! Hubba hubba!

Her story is a whole lot like mine. She’d had puppies and was living outside and didn’t have much food or water. But even so, she didn’t let that get her down and was just as sweet as pie. Well, her angel rescuer, Mr. Jay, wouldn’t give up on her or the other doggies she lived with. So now they’re all safe and sound and ready to start their brand new lives.

Now, about the name. Corbin put up five names for everybuddy to vote on:

name contest

It came down real close to Mayzie or Gemma. So Corbin’s momma tested each of ’em out and she seemed to like Mayzie the best!

I just can’t tell you how over-the-moon happy it makes me to share my name with somebuddy so GAWJUSS and strong and brave. I hope the name brings her oodles of luck and that she finds her Most Perfect Family That Ever Was real soon!

Now go on over there and tell Mayzie hi and be sure to tell her that Mayzie sent you. Heehee!

Nutrish Community Outreach: Mom Visits Second Chance

Okay, remember how I told you that I got the super duper terrific honor of being asked to be a Brand Ambassadog for Rachael Ray Nutrish?

Mayzie sash

Well, one of the reasons we luvs them so much is that Miss Rachael gives away a portion of each sale to rescues and shelters through a program called Rachael’s Rescue. And because ALL of us four-leggers in my family are rescues, this is something that’s real near and dear to our hearts.

So as part of being an Ambassadog, the nice Nutrish peoples asked me to do something called “Community Outreach” to a shelter or rescue. Well, we were Most Excited about that because we knew JUST the rescue we wanted to outreach to…Second Chance Animal Rescue Foundation, the rescue that saved ME!

Nutrish sent us a gazillion coupons for their yummy-licious food and treats, which we gave to Second Chance for their own use and to give out to new adopters. This kinda support means SO much to rescues like Second Chance.

Second Chance gives out a welcome packet with all sorts of useful stuff for new adopters.

Second Chance gives out a welcome packet with all sorts of cool and useful stuff for new adopters.

Then last Saturday, I loaned Mom my Ambassadog Sash (but NOT the tiara) and sent her down to Second Chance’s Adoption Fair and told her to lend a hand and also take lots of pictures. And WOW! Did she ever have a happy-making time watching all the great things that Second Chance does.

Here…I’m gonna hand the bloggie over to her and let her tell you the rest. Take it away, mom!

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Thanks, Mayzie.

Second Chance is a small non-profit no-kill rescue located in rural eastern Colorado. They rescue and rehome over 500 dogs, cats and other animals each year. Many of these animals have been dumped on country roads. Others come from nearby high-kill shelters. And still others, like my Mayzie, are rescued from homes where they are suffering from neglect or are simply no longer wanted. Most of these animals are adopted at events in Colorado Springs because the pool of potential adopters is much greater here than in the small town of Lamar where they’re based.

When I arrived on Saturday, their van was just pulling up. They drive three hours each way from Lamar to Colorado Springs to give dogs and cats a second chance at life.

SCARF Van

Inside the van were numerous crates filled with lucky dogs and cats. Because they are a small rescue with limited resources, Second Chance can’t possibly take in all the animals in need. Therefore, they work with a wide network of other rescues and humane societies to get pets to safety.

Andre was transferred to a partner rescue.

Andre being picked up by a partner rescue.

Another transfer dog with Adele, a long-time Second Chance volunteer.

Another transfer dog with Adele, a long-time Second Chance volunteer.

Baby Belle, waiting to be transferred.

Baby Belle, waiting to be transferred.

Other dogs, like Hope (below), are Second Chance dogs who were being transported to foster homes in Colorado Springs. Volunteer foster homes are critical to Second Chance and to so many other rescues throughout the country.

Hope was VERY happy to get out of the van!

Hope was VERY happy to get out of the van!

After the transfers were completed, it was time for the adoption fair! I was almost overwhelmed by all the cuteness on display.

tanni

Tanni, a Shar Pei/Lab mix, says “pbbbttt” to the puppy prison.

CoCo is 6 months old and is half Lab, half Chihuahua. This picture was taken after she'd FINALLY worn herself out.

CoCo being cuddled by a volunteer. She is 6 months old and is half Lab, half Chihuahua. This picture was taken after she’d FINALLY worn herself out.

Little Mustardseed was FULL of purr-sonality.

Little Mustardseed was FULL of purr-sonality.

I got the pleasure of watching over beautiful Ivey.

I got the pleasure of watching over beautiful Ivey.

Ivey and me

Ivey and me

Ivey and Mustardseed getting acquainted.

Ivey and Mustardseed getting acquainted.

Of course, the very best part were the adoptions! So many smiles and wiggles and wags!

GiGi got herself a new mom and a new girl!

GiGi got herself a new mom and a new girl!

Beautiful Bear, whose story was so much like Mayzie's, was adopted by a family who had previously adopted another dog from Second Chance.

Beautiful Bear, whose story was so much like Mayzie’s, was adopted by a family who had previously adopted another dog from Second Chance.

Zora getting some smooches from her new mom.

Zora getting some smooches from her new mom.

The young woman on the right holding little Mimi lost her beloved Cocker Spaniel a few months ago. She and her mother (on the left) were thrilled with their new family member.

The young woman on the right holding little Mimi lost her beloved Cocker Spaniel a few months ago. She and her mother (on the left) were thrilled with their new family member.

And they were also thrilled with their Nutrish coupons!

And they were also thrilled with their Nutrish coupons!

I am so honored that I got to spend a few hours with the wonderful people at Second Chance. It’s a remarkable organization that makes miracles like Mayzie happen every day. There is no doubt in my mind that if it hadn’t been for them, Mayzie would not be alive and snoring on the couch next to me right now. I wish I could find the words  to adequately describe how grateful I am to them for the amazing work they do. They are an incredible group of dedicated people — almost all volunteers — who work tirelessly to make the world a better place. I am truly in awe of their generosity, their passion, their selflessness and their dedication.

And thank you to Nutrish for giving back in both large and small ways to organizations like Second Chance. It truly takes a village to save a life, and with all of us working together in whatever way we can, more animals will get their second chance.

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If you’re on Facebook, please take a moment to “like” Second Chance’s page. And if you’re interested in donating to the work that Second Chance does, you can click here to do so via PayPal or credit card.

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Disclosure: I was compensated for this post by Rachael Ray’s Nutrish. However, all thoughts, opinions, anecdotes and experiences are my own.

Off to a super fantastic start! Keep guessing!

Hello everybuddy!

Oh gosh! You sure did get my contest off to a very much great start! If you haven’t guessed yet, click this linky here or scroll down to the next post to puts in your guess.

Yesterday, we hads 67 guesses! And not only that, but I gots a most wonderful, kind, amazing offer from Zona and her family. Can you believe that sweet Zona is gonna MATCH my donation to Mariah’s Promise? So that means that for every guess, Mariah’s Promise gets ONE WHOLE DOLLAR instead of just 50 cents. Now, seriouslys, isn’t that one of the bestest things you ever heard in your life? If you get a chance, would you do me a favors and run on by her bloggie and tell her “thank you, thank you!”?

I also wanna thank Dory and Twinkie and Khyra and my BFF Puddles and my other BFF Lola for helping to gets the word out. You are Most Marvelous! And thank you to everybuddy who has guessed so far. Keep those guesses coming! Remember, it’s to helps save more doggies like the beautiful Tootsie, who is blind and was left tied up outside a shelter right after B.S. Hell came back to Denver to live.

Thank you very much again and remember – if you haven’t guessed yet – well, what are you waiting for? Scroll down or click here and get guessing!

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