Inspired by the 31for21 Down Syndrome Blog Challenge and happiness-project.com, I began this blog in pursuit of my own happiness while raising my 3 children -- including identical twins with Down syndrome. On these pages, I endeavor to document the bits and pieces of my life that bring me the most happiness and keep me focused on all the positive stuff going on.
Advocacy, Angels and Random Happy Thoughts. These are the threads of happiness that are inextricably woven through the cloth of my life. Staying focused and writing about these things is what keeps me Walking on the Happy Side of Life. I'd love it if you would "Take A Walk on the Happy Side" with me.
I think I’ve mentioned how happy my pets make me, right? http://walkonthehappyside.blogspot.com/2008/11/pets-pets-and-more-pets.html
So, now we’re sort of officially in the market for a new dog for Csiba, our 12 1/2-year-old Chow Chow. Since we lost Isaiah, our 12 1/2-year-old lab/boxer mix to cancer in September, Csiba has been down dooby dooby do down down. It’s not terribly surprising that she’s so sad since they were raised together from pups and, being nearly deaf, she lost her ears when we lost Isaiah. So, here I am on-line, cruising http://petfinder.com/ for local dog rescue organizations in search of a good-with-kids/cats/dogs, kind, calm and quiet, BIG dog that will fit nicely into our 5-person, 1-dog, 2-cat and 3-fish family. I know, we’re expecting a lot….Here’s the amazing thing about this process… We’ve run into so many inspirational and caring angels out there working/volunteering their time to save the hundreds of adoptable dogs and cats that are abandoned daily by their owners for various — some bogus, some not — reasons. But, there’s one person — an Angel Amongst Us — that I’d particularly like to mention, Lori of http://acq.petfinder.com/, who dedicates so much of her life — as well as some of her husband’s and son’s lives too — in pursuit of the best dog and cat owners for her many homeless, 4-legged charges. God bless Lori and the people like her who work tirelessly to save the innocent animals our society deems disposable.
So yesterday we asked to adopt a new-comer to their shelter, a very-pregnant, abandoned Boxer — as well as fostering and then helping to adopt out her puppies when they’re ready for forever homes of their own…. We might even consider fostering another one of their dogs just because she’s a wonderful black-lab mix who needs a home and doesn’t deserve to live in a cage!So, if you happen to live in/near the metro NYC area and you’re inclined to adopt a pet, or if you have the heart and space to foster a pet, or if you have the time to volunteer to walk a few homeless dogs in the afternoon, or donate a dollar or two, please give Lori a call at (718) 424-3340. If you’re not nearby, go to http://petfinder.com/ to view the needy animals and rescue organizations that need support in your local area.