Blog of Random Thoughts

Help! I found a lost dog. What do I do now?

I created this article to assist pet finders with steps that will help them reunite a found dog with its owner. I hope it also provides owners of lost pets with a handy list to ease the mystery of what to do.

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An Hour in the Life of Rescue Dog Transporting

Meet Skeeter, Rowlf, Fozzie, and Scooter! Their mom gave birth under a porch in Belzoni, MS. The mom was adopted locally, but her babies weren’t adopted.Today my husband and I were one of eight volunteer transporters for Canine Crossing Rescue Transport. We had the...

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BookLife Review of Basil’s Quest

By giving voice to a compassionate canine, Vandiver turns this story of a rescue dog’s journey to a loving home into a powerful empathy-building exercise for young readers. The three-year-old black Labrador Retriever has spent most of his life outside, sharing a yard...

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Behind-the-Scenes Look at Illustrations for Basil’s Quest

Amanda Penecale is a fine artist, illustrator, and graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design. She loves to create art about animals and the natural world in watercolors and acrylics. Enjoy a behind-the-scenes look at illustrations created by Amanda for the...

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National Dog Month

Did you know that August is National Dog Month? Don't tell our schmoopies! They think every month is #NationalDogMonth.

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When Memories Pop Up Like Toast

I have two succulents on my kitchen window ledge. I check in with them daily to see how they’re doing, along with my other non-succulent plants. But this morning was different. Upon seeing them, my thoughts flashed back to our dinner table one night in 1996. My son...

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