Claire, a 14-year old Chihuahua, receives help from the Grey Muzzle Organization

Claire at time of rescueI wanted to post a wonderful example of the work performed by Divinity’s friends at the Grey Muzzle, and hopefully, get the word out about this terrific organization, and about the resources they provide for senior dogs, including their Hospice Care for Homeless Senior Dogs.

“Claire, an estimated 14-year old Chihuahua, was the victim of a Kentucky hoarder, living with 22 other dogs in two rooms, in knee-deep feces, for several years.” “She’d never been examined when Blind Dog Rescue Alliance (BDRA) discovered her.”

“The Grey Muzzle Organization provided a grant to help with medical treatment. Claire saw the vet weekly to manage her care and slowly her life was revitalized. Her blood work showed much improvement in her kidney numbers, her eyes improved, and her beautiful red hair started growing back.”

“Debbie is pleased to report Claire will never leave her foster home. Without Grey Muzzle’s generous funding, we would not be able to place these special seniors and others like them within our forever foster/sanctuary dog programs.”

Claire in her forever home

To learn more about Claire, click HERE

Please watch Claire’s heart warming video “From hoarder victim to princess.”

Stollen – Rest in Peace

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADivinity was rescued along with eleven other Cairn Terrier’s in late November, 2008. This group was affectionately called, the 12-Holiday Confections.

Shortly after Divinity came into my life, I learned about this group, and that one of them had been very sick, and died not long after being rescued.

Recently, I learned this poor Cairn was named Stollen, and that she died on January 21, 2009. Stollen had lived just two months in freedom.

Out of the 12-Holiday Confections, the three I know of that have passed, are Tink, Divinity, and Stollen. I’ve posted about Tink, and certainly about Divinity, however, I wanted to write a post to acknowledge Stollen. I will publish posts on the remaining Holiday Confections as I learn of their passing.

Please read Stollen’s Memorial page by clicking HERE.

A (somewhat) definitive guide to the most overrated and underrated dog breeds

This chart, from David McCandless’ book Knowledge is Beautiful, that ranks 87 dog breeds and compares those rankings to the actual popularity of the breeds in the US.

The ranking is based on a number of factors: trainability, life expectancy, lifetime cost (including the price of food and grooming), and suitability for children, among others.

This chart is interesting, however, in the end, the best dog, is the dog that suites you best.

Note: If you click on the image, you will open a much larger version which will be easier to read. dog_chart_2.0

Divinity’s last ride

Drive-thru DivaToday, it is exactly two months since Divinity was euthanized. As I did on this date last month, I want to celebrate Divinity’s joy of life with another video.

Note: The photo of Divinity in this post was taken five years ago during our first camping trip to Canada.

Divinity loved life, and her joy of the outdoors, and going for rides continued through her final hours.

This video is the last movie I made of Divinity, and was filmed while we were on our way to Kivisto Vet Clinic, where Dr. Steve would perform the final act.

To watch the video of Divinity enjoying her final ride, click HERE.


In late November of 2008, volunteers from a pet rescue, transported Divinity, and 11 other Cairn Terriers, as well as 22 Bassett Hounds, from a puppy-mill located in Southern Missouri to freedom. Divinity had spent the first 9-years of her life in a puppy-mill.

Unfortunately, there are more than 3,000 puppy-mills located in Missouri alone. Countless dogs suffer untold horrors, having one litter after another, until they are used up, and discarded.

Quite by accident, I discovered that Divinity had a microchip implanted by her puppy-mill. This chip was unregistered, but the microchip manufacturer kindly provided the name of the supply firm who sold this chip to the mill. This supply firm is located in Southern Missouri, this is the same area Divinity’s puppy-mill was located.

The next four links are to articles on puppy-mills in Missouri

* Missouri, the Puppy Mill State

* Missouri’s Dirty Dozen: Most of the worst puppy mills in Missouri are still licensed (2011)

* HSUS Releases Update on Missouri’s Worst Puppy Mills

* Puppy Mill FAQ


Each of the following images, are pictures of puppy-mills that are located in Missouri.

Note: These pictures are no where near the worst I have seen. However, they certainly reflect the horrific conditions in which puppy-mill dogs live.

Rescue from a Missouri Puppy Mill

Unknown Rescue from a Missouri Puppy Mill

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Keep sakes & Memento’s

The following items are Divinity’s belongings that I intend to keep.

Note: To view a larger version of a picture, click the image.

Col Potter Scarf (Divinity was wearing this scarf when I picked her up at her foster home)

Col Potter Scarf

Col Potter blanket (Every Col Potter rescue receives their own unique home-made blanket)

Col Potter Blankie

 Quilt from Marge, Divinity’s foster mom

Quilt from Foster Mom



Yarn Balls (I made these myself in the weeks prior to picking Divinity up at her foster home.
Divinity never liked them, and I have absolutely no idea why I want to keep them!)

Yarn Balls

WebMaster Harness (Divinity pulled sideways wearing a regular harness. This WebMaster harness worked perfectly for my little lady)


Telling TTouch Harness & Light (This harness was used over her raincoat, and winter clothing.)

Tellington TTouch Harness & Light

Co-Pilot Chair (This chair has been sitting on the passenger seat for 4-1/2 years, and I would feel lost without it)

Note: Divinity was safely held in place by two leashes attached to her harness. These leashes were attached to a seatbelt in the rear passenger area.

Divinity's Co-pilot Seat

Hooded Spring/Fall Sweatshirt (I had put this sweatshirt in the pile of worn-out clothing to toss out, but ended up keeping it.)

Red Hooded Sweatshirt

Doggles (Divinity looked cool as all-get-out wearing her Doggles, and she knew it!)

Divinity wearing her Doggles

Let Me Out Bells (I taught Divinity to “jingle” these bells when she needed to go out. They are also handy as they let me know if someone opens my door)

Let Me Out Bells


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