Memorial donation to the Appalachian Bear Rescue for Miss Divinity

A Memorial donation to the Appalachian Bear Rescue was made for what would have been Miss Divinity’s 17th birthday. Until now, I’ve only made memorial donations to senior dog rescues, but there was a rescue of a stranded little lady in Tennessee that caught my attention.

I’ve been following the Appalachian Bear Rescue since the summer of 2015 when I read the story of Noli Bear’s rescue by a raft guide on the Nolichucky River. The rescue of Noli Bear was published in newspapers and featured on TV broadcasts worldwide. Shortly after Noli was rescued, the Appalachian Bear Rescue began receiving emails from people living in Finland to New Zealand who had read, or heard about Noli Bear.

To read about Noli’s rescue, and watch a wonderful video about Noli, click the following link: A different kind of Rescue

Noli Bear during rescue

Appalachian Bear Rescue

  • Appalachian Bear Rescue – Website
  • Appalachian Bear Rescue – Twitter

November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month

As long time readers of Divinity’s blog know, I adopted Divinity when she was 9-1/2 years old. I was told that three people before me had submitted paperwork to adopt my little lady, all three decided she was too old. In the end, I was the lucky person to adopt her, and Divinity brought more joy to my life than I could ever imagine.

It is a sad fact that senior pets are often the last to be adopted from shelters, putting them at an increased risk for euthanasia. When you adopt a senior pet, you’re not only welcoming a lifetime of love into your home, you’re also saving a precious life.

‘Adopt-A-Senior-Pet Month’ roots for the underdogs! It’s been said time and again that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but what about giving one a new lease on life?

ASPCA: This November, Open Your Heart to a Senior Pet

Please consider adopting a senior pet, and watch the following video’s that show the joy a senior can bring to your life.


Marnie the Dog


The Moose Schnauzer Chronicles

Heart Disease in Geriatric Dogs

The heart is an amazing organ when we consider the work it does and how reliable it is.  Its function, essentially, is to receive blood from the body, pump it into the lungs to pick up oxygen, then send it back out to the circulation system.

Sounds pretty simple for such a complex, fist sized muscle.  However, it is not an ordinary muscle but one with special cells that enable it to function efficiently and reliably throughout life, all under its own nervous system.

Even though the heart is very well constructed, it can show signs of disease, especially as the body ages.  These can include irregular rhythms, weakening of the muscle wall  resulting in the heart growing larger, narrowing of the major vessels flowing outward from the heart, infection of the lining and valves of the ventricles, and worms, spread by mosquitoes, that live in the heart.

The most common problem to occur in older pets, however, is disease of the valves of the heart.  Approximately 10% of all dogs will develop some form of heart disease during their life and 80% of those cases will be valvular disease.

This is a partial repost of an article by Dr. William T. Testerman, DVM on Old Dog To read the rest of this informative post, click the following link: Heart Disease in Geriatric Dogs

Camera Shop prints photo of Divinity to hang on their wall

During February of 2013, Divinity accompanied me to West Photo in downtown Minneapolis to pick up some prints I had made of my little lady. Actually, during my previous visit, I was told that if Divinity was not with me the next time I came in, they would not let me in the store!

Well West Photo is printing more photo’s for me, and they said they will make a print of Miss Divinity’s visit to put on a wall of their store where they feature their customer’s pets!

Divinity loved exploring, and one of her favorite pastimes was checking out stuff in my landlord’s garages. I wrote about this in a post titled Divinity’s Garage.

The following photo is one of the pictures being printed, and was one of the photo’s I took during Divinity’s visit. It is this photo that West Photo is printing for their wall.

Divinity checking out the items for sale at West Photo

Divinity checking out the items for sale at West Photo