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My pack was very excited when they received 4 packages of Lucy's Pup Treats to sample. The following are some pictures which I believe will speak a thousand words (and/or barks).


Ritz being the resident Miniature Pinscher and king of all things gets to inspect and make the decision of which they will try first. Will it be Philly Cheesesteak, Pot Roast, PB and Banana, or Pumpkin?

Ritz has no trouble deciding. The first flavor to undergo the intense scrutiny of my pack will be Philly Cheesesteak.


Happy faces all around!! Philly Cheesesteak is a sure winner!


But wait... Wyatt wants more...

And behind him there, my foster aka Old Man, who only has one tooth wants a try too. I watch him closely, since he is special needs...

Frazier slowly but steadily munches away on a Pot Roast flavor. And when he was done flashed one of his famous smiles. Even the grumpy old man approves!


So to sum it up, in case these pictures didn't tell you everything you needed to know. The samples of Lucy's Pup Treats were a huge success. All dogs in my pack loved them and ate them with no trouble (even single toothed Frazier). And the best part, which the dogs are totally unaware of, they are wheat and preservative free. Handmade in small batches with only natural ingredients. If you are looking for a great wholesome snack for your dogs, look no further. I plan to purchase some as stocking stuffers for all the dogs and dog lovers on my holiday shopping lists.

Thanks again to Lucy's Pup Treats! They can be found on twitter @lucyspuptreats, on facebook http://www.facebook.com/lptreats, or buy online at http://shop.lucyspuptreats.com. Be sure to check them out!! Your pups will thank you for it.

And if my pack had to pick a favorite flavor, or if I had to pick a favorite flavor based on their reactions.. I would have to say Pot Roast. It was a definite favorite, although every single treat got munched up with quick work. FOUR PAWS for sure! Thanks Lucy!!!


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Posted by: Mysti in The Dog Blog Comment (3)

This is Luke.  Luke is a rescue dog, as his family abandoned him when he was no longer convenient for them. Luke isn't perfect, he has his own issues and baggage (as do we all!). I was there that day when they gave up on him, and I drove Luke to his first foster home. Two days later I drove Luke to stay in a temporary kennel until another foster home could be located. Two days after that I drove Luke to his second foster home. A few weeks after that I drove Luke to a boarding facility. A week after that... well you get the idea. Luke has been moved around 6 times in less than 6 months. How did I end up fostering Luke? Its simple. I just could not bear to see him get moved around from place to place any longer. Luke has been abandoned, dumped, rejected.. and rejected again. What has this dog done to deserve this? Absolutely nothing. Luke is a sweet, friendly, loving, although confused, little boy.

Luke has been with me for just over 2 months now. I have seen him make tremendous progress and learn more and more every day that he can trust people. Is he perfect? No. Neither are any of us, or any other rescue dog. We all have our issues. None of us, human or animal, is perfect or ever will be perfect. 

I thought this story had come to a happy end when a wonderful family wanted to adopt Luke, after many conversations and a home visit with him they fell in love. Finally someone that loved this little boy for who he is. A furever home for little Luke, he deserved it. I said my goodbyes and off he went to his furever home. I was happy and relieved that this boys very difficult journey had finally taken the turn we were waiting for, stability and love for the rest of his days... Two days later I got the call, the call I have dreaded for over a year and a half (since I started fostering), the call that one of my fosters was coming back. See I take furever placements very seriously, it is my responsibility to ensure these animals don't spend their lives getting moved around, it is my responsibility to ensure these animals never have to spend another day alone and unloved. And to add insult to injury, it was Luke that was coming back to me. Luke was rejected once again.

So what did Luke do to get sent back to me? Nothing. The other animals in his new home had not adapted to his presence yet.. in 2 whole days. What human or animal on the planet can adapt to a major life change in just 2 days?

My heart aches for Luke. He was so very happy to see me again which reassures me, yet he should not have to go through this again. For right now this is Lukes home, as long as he needs it to be. I love Luke, just as I love my own dogs, and I will protect and comfort Luke as long as I must until his furever home is found. My heart still breaks for him, for the journey he has led, for the rejection he has endured. I have tried to express just how much my heart breaks for him, but I have been met with blank stares. So mine and Lukes journey continues. Where is his furever home? When will they be found? I don't have these answers, the only thing I know for sure is that I will not let Luke be moved around from place to place anymore, I will not let Luke continue to be rejected. You are safe with me Luke, as long as you need me.

This is just one journey of homeless dogs and cats in our society. They deserve better. Each and every one deserves better. And it takes each one of us to do something to make a difference, that part can be large or small, but everyone can play a part. Will your heart break for them? Yes, it will. Just as mine breaks for Luke, and the many before him and those who will come after him. But we must play a part.


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Posted by: Mysti in The Dog Blog Comment (0)

This time of year most of us spend some time reflecting upon the last year. For me this last year has been quite the journey, one that requires some soul searching. One year ago I had absolutely no idea nor intention to become involved in animal rescue. Yes, Ive loved animals my whole life, most days I don't think its possible to love my dogs anymore than I already do. But loving animals and becoming actively involved in animal rescue day in and day out are two very different things. With this journey have come indescribable joys, and unimaginable sorrows. I have rode the rollercoaster, most days barely hanging on. The things I have repeated to myself again and again, is you can't unring a bell. I can't unlearn what I have learned about what is happening in our nations shelters, the very thing that drives me.


I have found that fostering is what provides me with the greatest joy. Everyday someone says to me "I couldn't do it, I would get too attached and keep them all" or "I couldn't do it, I would cry everytime one got adopted". Well, newsflash for all those people.. I do get attached to each and every one, and I do cry when they get adopted out. Anyone that doesn't shouldn't be fostering. Our job as foster parents is to love and nurture. If you don't love the animals how can you love and nurture them? Sure, I cry when one is adopted out.. but the tears are always a mix of joy and sadness. Joy to see them go on to their furever home, sadness that I will miss them. But there is always another one sitting in a shelter somewhere that needs my help, and that keeps me going.


Shortly after getting involved in animal rescue I realized that there was great drama and discourse in the animal rescue community, not just locally but nationwide. This was unsettling and startling to me. We all want the same thing.. why cant we all just get along? Primarily because almost all rescue groups have a different idea of how to arrive at the same end result. We all have different ideas of the best way to go about saving the animals, we all have different ideas of what animals are to be saved, we all have different ideas of what makes the best home for the animals. The list just goes on from there.


Its this discourse (also known as DRAMA!) that has brought me to where I am today. I love the animals, I love working with the animals, I love making a difference, I love making new friends with the same passions as I do, I love getting to know each unique little furry personality, I love seeing them blossom under our care - to go from being scared and helpless to running, playing, and loving life. And most of all I love seeing the animals go to their furever home. All great things, and all have kept me active and involved and pushing past the discourse and drama. What I don't like is the drama, I try to avoid drama whenever possible in all aspects of my life. Obviously no one can avoid it all, but we can make choices to how we want to deal with it. The inevitable drama that comes with being involved in a volunteer organization, the drama that comes when many people are dealing with such stressful situations, the drama that comes when emotions run high, the drama that comes when lives are literally on the line, and the drama that comes from various rescue groups having different ideas and instead of working together they attack one another.


This is what has brought me to the soul searching I find myself in now. How does one stay passionate about something, when that thing brings so much joy and so much stress. How does one juggle a desire to care and protect the animals while refusing to accept needless bickering and discourse. How does one find common ground to help the animals and be their voice, while also staying true to yourself? Or is there even a common ground?


The soul searching will continue until I find the answer. In the meantime I will continue to be their voice, in the best way I can for myself, as they have no voice.

~ Mysti


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