New Year, No Fear

As I was preparing for work tonight it occurred to me I hadn’t posted in a while. I wrote a post about Lana’s health issues, but didn’t want to upload it until the drama was done. (It is now, I just forgot to do it.) Anyway, so as I was considering this, Pandora sent me a message in the form of a song. “Better Days” by The Goo Goo Dolls popped up. It’s a beautiful song, especially around this time of year. And you know what? It kind of fits the theme of Dream Big.

Go ahead, give it a listen. And while you do that, think about the message very seriously. I think it is important for all people, and all creatures, to feel loved. Especially shelter dogs. Couldn’t you just imagine a newly adopted dog making this plea in his head, hoping the others who were in the shelter with him could also find homes?

And you asked me what I want this year
And I try to make this kind and clear
Just a chance that maybe we’ll find better days

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A mom and one of her pups in Chipley, Florida. (Image links to their Facebook.)

‘Cause I don’t need boxes wrapped in strings
And designer love and empty things
Just a chance that maybe we’ll find better days

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A senior mix at the Tallahassee, FL shelter. (Click image for link.)

So take these words and sing out loud
Cause everyone is forgiven now
Cause tonight’s the night the world begins again

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I need someplace simple where we could live
And something only you can give
And that’s faith and trust and peace while we’re alive

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A Dachshund at the Hillsborough Co. FL shelter. (Click for link.)

And the one poor child who saved this world
And there’s 10 million more who probably could
If we all just stopped and said a prayer for them

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Female in Hillsborough Co. FL shelter. (Click for link.)

So take these words and sing out loud
Cause everyone is forgiven now
Cause tonight’s the night the world begins again

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Affectionate cat in Hillsborough Co. FL. (Click for link.)

I wish everyone was loved tonight
And somehow stop this endless fight
Just a chance that maybe we’ll find better days

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Female mix (with mange?) in Hillsborough Co. FL. (Click for link.)

So take these words and sing out loud
Cause everyone is forgiven now
Cause tonight’s the night the world begins again
Cause tonight’s the night the world begins again

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*Most animals featured in this post are adoptable (and urgent)! Adoptable pets have links to their shelters and a very brief caption. All others animals shown were rescued.

It’s just a Retriever kinda day

So my internet is being weird lately. Everything has been a bit odd, to be honest. Yesterday was a bit of a roller coaster (under exaggerating) and this weekend might not be much better. But, that’s not the point of this post. Actually, I have a few dogs I’ve been keeping an eye on lately and wanted to share them here.

This is what RESCUE looks like | Dream Big, Bark Loudly

This handsome boy comes from a home but doesn’t seem to have a name. His owner gave him to the shelter because he acted too much like a Golden! His owner said he was ‘tired of the dog digging and bringing sticks and such into the yard’. (Clearly someone hasn’t read my post about daycare for destructive dogs!) So now this young (just 2 years old!) Golden mix is stuck in a shelter for the second time in his life, and he is on the urgent list.

This is what RESCUE looks like | Dream Big, Bark Loudly

This unnamed hero is located in Suwannee County Animal Control in McAlpin, FL. Frankly I’m not sure where that is, but someone said North Fl, so we’ll go with that. Aussie and Me rescue is actually asking for fosters for this boy, and I did offer my name as a temp foster, but if they want something long term he may still need help. We typically don’t consider an animal safe until it has physically left the shelter!

This is what RESCUE looks like | Dream Big, Bark Loudly

It’s all about Retrievers today, and aren’t they lovely! This girl’s shelter says: “Lola is a 7 month old female Retriever. She can’t understand why someone would abandon her at the shelter. Lola loves to play, and she is a very smart young girl. Located in Crawfordville, Florida. Contact FriendsOfWCAC@gmail.com.”

When I was a little girl, we had a Black Lab like Lola. Ours was dumb as dirt, but she was still a fantastic dog.  =)

If you are interested in either dog, you are welcome to contact their shelter directly!

And in case you were wondering, adorable Amstel has been rescued!

This is what RESCUE looks like | Dream Big, Bark Loudly

I will be sure to update you if I take the unnamed Golden! Cross your fingers he gets out, no matter who rescues him!